reformat and reinstall?

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  1. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    I have a 1 and a half year old powerbook. After that much time, the computer is starting to run a bit sluggishly. Also, my ins/outs for memory are often in a 1:1 ratio..which i hear is really bad. I use onyx too. Anyhow, it the pc world, I would reformat and reinstall the os and everything to start fresh. I really don't want to though if I can avoid it because it would be a pain. Is this the way to go or is there something I'm missing?

    specs: 1.5 ghz ppc, 80 gb hd (33 left), 768 ram, 12" powerbook
     
  2. Karpfish macrumors 6502a

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    Reinstalling will do it. I did it to my iMac after it started to get bogged down, and it was a lot faster.
     
  3. Irish Dave macrumors regular

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    Nothing Quite Like A Good Re-format

    I totally agree, a good re-format will speed up everything.

    Give it a whizz ......... your Powerbook will behave like a new computer.

    I re-format all my mac's (3 of them) two or three times a year.

    Dave :)
     
  4. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Do not, repeat do not, reinstall. This is almost never required on a Mac, except as a last resort. What else have you tried? Have you run fsck in Single User Mode? Have you even rebooted? Repaired permissions?
     
  5. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Please tell me you are kidding. Please?

    With proper, easy maintenance, you should never have to reinstall OSX. Never!
     
  6. Irish Dave macrumors regular

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    Do you not agree that re-formatting and re-installing generally will speed everything up by getting rid of all the "gunk" that we seem to fill our hard drives with?

    I have always found getting rid of the "gunk" works wonders.

    Dave :)
     
  7. skunk macrumors G4

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    There's nothing like the smell of a fresh install. I probably do it on average once a year between 3 Macs.
     
  8. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I run onyx and reboot once a week.

    Will this fix my ins/outs problem too or is that just me not having enough ram?
     
  9. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Sure, you can kill a gnat with a shotgun, but I wouldn't recommend it as the preferred method.

    The nice thing about OSX is that unlike Windows, it does not auto-hose. I like my "gunk" -- that's why it's on my hard drive.

    With simple regular maintenance, you should never have to reinstall OSX, short of a mechanical failure. I maintain three Macs -- the newest is three years old, the oldest, over six years. None have ever been reformatted or reinstalled, and they all run fine.
     

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