Power Mac G4 help - running slow, no room, etc!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by LDOT22, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2008
    I have a 2000 Power Mac G4.
    The last couple of months it's been running REALLY slow - all applications are slow - internet, Photoshop, etc.

    At this point, is it worth it to buy more RAM?
    Will that even help?

    Also, I have 19 GIGS, but it's showing me I only have 890 MB available.
    What is so big? What could be taking up so much space.

    Please! Anyone who can help, please respond back!!!!!!
  2. macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Part of the slowness is that you are almost out of drive space. Bad news when you don't have enough space for your RAM swap files.

    Also when the drive is full, you are working on the inside tracks, which are the slowest, so drive performance takes a big hit

    First step - have you Emptied your trash?

    Then, look for an application like Whatsize on www.versiontracker.com and start cleaning up your drive. If you are running OSX, then also get DeLocalizer and delete unwanted language resources. This can free up to 1 Gb of space.

    Burn a CD backup of your data, and start throwing away music and video files that you don't use anymore.

    Since we don't know how much RAM you have, or the speed of your machine, or the model, we can't comment a lot more. Please provide more detail about your setup.

    But Photoshop likes 1.5 Gb or more RAM AND a bunch of hard drive space.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 17, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    Maximize the Ram, Minimize the Boot HD space used.

    I would be getting a good storage drive externally setup, or even 2 to mirror backup.
    500 GB - 750 GB drives are insanely cheap now & theres no excuse to need disc space.:eek:
    Nothing works better for me to regain system speed than to:
    Backup everything important & Erase the drive, then Re-install the system software.
    Then only install the programs that you use the most, Leave the non crucial programs off. Repair permissions if running OSX.
    Allocate a large ram usage to Photoshop in preferences, & use the external for scratch disk space.
    Should cure what ails ya.:)
    Did I mention to Max the RAM?
    Then again you might want to get a new MacPro Octo, & be good for the next 5-8 years. :D

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