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Slow G4

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by BaMBaM, Oct 21, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

    I'm experienceing a pretty long delay when logging in, launching or switching between programs on one of my G4s. (computer is thinking) Funny thing is, my other G4 (exactly the same) is fast as ever. I'm wondering if the solution might be to relaod all the programs. Office, Illustrator 10, Photoshop 7, InDesign 2. Or is there a simple fix I can do?

    Any suggestions?

    Mac OSX 10.2.8, Dual processor, 1.0 Ghz
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  3. macrumors newbie

    Your link was helpful.

    Tried it. Didn't work. I'm going to Zap the P RAM next.
    Any other suggestions?
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    Is it on all the time? If not, run the cron tasks? These are regularly scheduled maintenance tasks, and they include swapping out some log type files that can get oversized if it's never done.... You can run them whenever you want from the terminal (someone help on the command -- I couldn't find the thread here) or use a program such as MacJanitor.
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    The command to eneter in to the Terminal is
    sudo periodic daily weekly monthly
  6. macrumors newbie

    Zapping PRAM did nothing, as far as I can tell. Any other low budget suggestions? I'm not computer savy enough to try and figure this out without risking damaging something else.
    Thanks for the help.
  7. 7on
    macrumors 601


    Delete Cache files? Pretty much anything within Cache folders can be deleted.
  8. macrumors newbie

    mkrishnan, No the computer is not always on. Actually, i just fired it up for the first time in 8-10 months. We're getting an intern and i needed to get it up to speed. It had this problem before, but the person using it never found a solution. Now they're gone and I'm all by my self trying to figure this out.

    I'm sorry, but I do not know what cron tasks are, and i've been unable to find out what the command is. Someone Know?
    Thanks again for all the suggestions...this is the place to come for help!
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  10. macrumors newbie

    I'm sorry, but I don't see anything in the box under "Code:"
    Am I missing something?

    I know....NEWBIE!
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    That's very odd :confused: It's there, I can see it, how about anyone else?

    Anyway, this is what you need to enter:

    sudo periodic daily weekly monthly

  12. macrumors 65816


    How about firing up "Activity Monitor" n Applications -> Utilities.
    It will show what is using up cpu cycles.
    Also if it is not the logged on user using the cpu you should select "All Processes" from the popup menu selector.

  13. macrumors newbie


    <<That's very odd It's there, I can see it, how about anyone else?

    Anyway, this is what you need to enter:

    sudo periodic daily weekly monthly>>

    Everything in <<>> is what I can see. No command. This is frustrating.

    Flynnstone- Activity monitor is up and nothing looks like it's sucking up a bunch of %CPU or %Memory
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    Are you saying you can't see this bit - "sudo periodic daily weekly monthly" - in my last post (where I didn't use the
  15. macrumors newbie

    Yes, I can see "sudo periodic daily weekly monthly". If that is what I need...What do I do with it? (man, one can sure go from feeling pretty compitent to NOT in a very short period!)
    Thanks for being patient.
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    Open up the Terminal.app (Applications > Utilities), and paste that command in the window (without the speech marks), hit return, enter your password, and let it do its job :)
  17. macrumors 6502a


    What I would do as a last resort is just completely format and reinstall OSX, then reinstall all the programs you need, that should bring your computer back up to perfect speed again, unless the problem is Hardware related, but I doubt it.
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    Perhaps MacJanitor is a much better option for you.
  19. macrumors newbie

    It worked! Cool, very cool. Thanks for the help!

    Also, kingjr3, I'm downloading MAC Janitor

    Again, Thanks for the help!

    Catch ya later
  20. macrumors 68000


    next time you leave a computer sitting around for months at a time i'll gladly take it off your hands. :)

    computers like it when you use them...


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