slow mac

Discussion in 'macOS' started by fjs08, Apr 1, 2006.

  1. fjs08 macrumors 65816

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    Hi,
    My Ti-Book has really been running slow lately. It seems like it takes forever for programs like Entourage, Excel, Mail and Safari to open. Those are the 4 that I have on most of the time. Safari usually has 4 tabs open. Is this too much for a basic 3 yr old Powerbook to run. Never seemed like it before. I do open iDisk too. That really seems to slow things down. And iDisk access is exceedingly slow. This all gets frustrating. Even my son's old Dell seems to run faster, and it only has 256 meg of ram.
    Do Macs build up spyware like the PC's. I run anti-Spy ware software on my wifes Thinkpad every week. On the mac, I redo Permissions on a monthly basis, but that is about it.
    Any thoughts?? Thanks.

    Frank
     
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  3. Applespider macrumors G4

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    How much RAM do you have?

    How much space is left on your hard drive?

    Are you running Norton AV?

    If you make a new user account, is that equally slow?
     
  4. fjs08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    >>How much RAM do you have?<<

    512

    >>How much space is left on your hard drive?<<

    19 out of 60 gig left

    >>Are you running Norton AV?<<

    What's that<g>?? No.

    If you make a new user account, is that equally slow?<<

    Haven't made any. where would I do that?????

    Frank
     
  5. Applespider macrumors G4

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    OK... so RAM and HD space are OK. When did it start getting slow? Is it ongoing - or was it after any particular app updated?

    Go to System Preferences - Accounts and click the + sign at the bottom of the pane. Then enter the name of a new account and a password for it.

    Then try logging into that account and opening up a few applications and see if it's slow there.

    If it isn't, then there's something specific in your user's settings/plists etc, that's causing the problem.

    If it is, then chances are it's a system-wide problem.
     

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