too many processes

Discussion in 'OS X' started by ebmx66, Dec 26, 2007.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Apr 5, 2006
    #1
    i have noticed my powerbook is not as fast as it was new and checked my activity monitor, there are a bunch of things running but i don't know which i need and which i don't heres a list if you guys could help me

    this is under the "all processes"

    583 Activity Monitor erikboyle 4.6 5 16.89 MB 848.13 MB
    102 AppDaemonUSB root 0.4 1 232.00 KB 586.77 MB
    327 AppleSpell.service erikboyle 0.0 1 2.30 MB 601.66 MB
    90 ATSServer erikboyle 0.0 2 5.58 MB 620.73 MB
    38 autofsd root 0.0 1 672.00 KB 585.59 MB
    35 configd root 0.0 3 1.86 MB 587.16 MB
    73 coreaudiod root 0.0 2 2.55 MB 588.79 MB
    44 coreservicesd root 0.0 4 22.55 MB 625.34 MB
    15 cron root 0.0 1 644.00 KB 586.66 MB
    154 DashboardClient erikboyle 0.0 2 4.51 MB 749.42 MB
    153 DashboardClient erikboyle 0.1 7 22.63 MB 818.62 MB
    33 DirectoryService root 0.0 5 3.44 MB 588.74 MB
    32 diskarbitrationd root 0.0 1 1.04 MB 585.67 MB
    42 distnoted daemon 0.0 1 752.00 KB 585.56 MB
    86 Dock erikboyle 0.2 3 13.95 MB 792.78 MB
    30 dynamic_pager root 0.0 1 700.00 KB 585.59 MB
    101 Finder erikboyle 0.1 13 31.74 MB 845.45 MB
    80 Folder Actions Dispatcher erikboyle 0.0 1 2.64 MB 746.90 MB
    29 fseventsd root 0.0 11 1.30 MB 593.00 MB
    28 hidd root 0.0 1 580.00 KB 585.56 MB
    129 HP Event Handler erikboyle 0.0 3 2.88 MB 732.32 MB
    128 HP IO Classic Proxy erikboyle 0.0 1 2.28 MB 723.05 MB
    127 HP IO Classic Proxy 2 erikboyle 0.0 1 2.27 MB 721.79 MB
    132 HP Product Research erikboyle 0.0 3 3.78 MB 766.35 MB
    110 hpusbmond root 0.0 1 776.00 KB 586.78 MB
    137 iChatAgent erikboyle 0.0 3 6.21 MB 730.04 MB
    0 kernel_task root 4.4 49 112.05 MB 720.73 MB
    26 KernelEventAgent root 0.0 2 652.00 KB 585.65 MB
    10 kextd root 0.0 2 1.25 MB 586.16 MB
    62 launchd erikboyle 0.0 3 616.00 KB 585.71 MB
    1 launchd root 0.0 3 628.00 KB 586.71 MB
    25 loginwindow erikboyle 0.0 3 10.93 MB 790.69 MB
    135 Logitech Control Center Daemon erikboyle 0.0 3 5.79 MB 768.85 MB
    24 mDNSResponder _mdnsresponder 0.0 2 1.17 MB 587.46 MB
    23 mds root 0.0 16 27.81 MB 656.40 MB
    501 mdworker erikboyle 0.0 4 2.33 MB 598.98 MB
    11 notifyd root 0.0 2 488.00 KB 586.15 MB
    14 ntpd root 0.0 1 876.00 KB 586.11 MB
    87 pboard erikboyle 0.0 1 584.00 KB 586.60 MB
    584 pmTool root 1.4 1 1.25 MB 595.65 MB
    130 Print Daemon erikboyle 0.0 1 1.09 MB 586.99 MB
    279 Safari erikboyle 0.6 19 302.47 MB 1.35 GB
    21 securityd root 0.0 1 1.99 MB 586.77 MB
    39 socketfilterfw root 0.0 2 1.41 MB 585.80 MB
    84 Spotlight erikboyle 0.0 3 18.77 MB 897.07 MB
    12 syslogd root 0.0 4 708.00 KB 587.21 MB
    18 SystemStarter root 0.0 1 680.00 KB 585.58 MB
    98 SystemUIServer erikboyle 0.4 8 11.55 MB 785.62 MB
    17 update root 0.0 1 288.00 KB 585.54 MB
    405 USB Wireless Utility erikboyle 1.8 1 6.36 MB 779.23 MB
    85 UserEventAgent erikboyle 0.0 2 2.00 MB 588.49 MB
    49 WindowServer _windowserver 0.9 3 44.37 MB 818.22 MB


    can i quit the hp ones and i know that usbwirelessutility, safari, and activity are the apps i am runnning right now so they are fine
     
  2. macrumors Penryn

    Eidorian

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    Location:
    Indianapolis
    #2
    You might want to check your Login Items as well.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Apr 5, 2006
    #3
    ya i got rid of two login items that i didn't need but do i need all of these processes running?
     
  4. macrumors Penryn

    Eidorian

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    Location:
    Indianapolis
    #4
    The HP ones are the only other ones that you can kill.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Apr 5, 2006
    #5
    alright good i wasn't sure and i didn't want to stop something that would mess up my computer

    thanks
     

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