trouble after 1 day

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  1. jnguyen4 macrumors 6502

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    Hey, my computer runs fine for exactly one day but then after it gets really slow and then the programs do not respond. after that i have to restart it and then it works again. but after another 24 hrs, it gets messed up again. does anybody know what is going on? thanx
     
  2. Foxglove9 macrumors 65816

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    You'll have to give us more info to work with.

    What were you doing on your computer. What programs are you using. What OS. What computer? The more details the better.
     
  3. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    This is what warranties are for. Why hassle trying to fix a one-day old computer. Take it back.
     
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    I'm going to say, memory leak on an application.

    So yes, a little more detail on the apps you are using -- including if you are using an all-in-one printer.
     
  5. jnguyen4 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok i am using a macbook with 512 mb ram.. i know this is not enough but this should not be causing the problem. i am using the basic programs daily. like safari, itunes, word, the dvd player, and limwire.
     
  6. OzMo macrumors member

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    Limewire is a good place to start.

    Stop it, (make sure it does actually stop, and doesn't start again when you log in or restart), restart your MacBook, and see how it goes over the next 24 hrs.

    Good luck
     
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    I'm going to guess that your machine won't crash if you don't use Limewire. Which probably has a bad memory leak.
     
  8. jnguyen4 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    what exactly is a memory leak and what can i do to fix it?
     
  9. Foxglove9 macrumors 65816

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    Limewire can be a quirky application. They update that thing like twice a month. Another alternative to that is Cabos, which is what I switched too and like better.

    But yeah, you can start by eliminating that and see what happens.

    I don't know the technical explaination for a memory leak but think of it as stealing more and more of your ram without giving any of it back. Eventually it's using so much disk scratch space and ram that your computer slows down or it crashes the application.

    Safari does this as well.
     
  10. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    You can't...

    It just means that there is a problem with the code that the programmers have not fixed.

    When a routine asks for more memory, it fails to release it like any good program should when it exits the routine. So it will use all free RAM, then the HD, and then crash the computer.

    Just have to wait unit they fix the problem, or use something else.

    Or it might not be a memory leak, but something that looks like one.
     
  11. MacNut macrumors Core

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    I say run the activity monitor and see what programs are sucking the memory.
     
  12. jnguyen4 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i don't think that its a memory problem because it works fine for a day, but after 24 hours, it crashes
     
  13. Foxglove9 macrumors 65816

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    A memory leak is different than a memory problem.
     
  14. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    We are telling you it IS a memory problem. Caused by an application.

    A program that might use 4MB during the first hour may be using many many GB after 24 hours. Like all the RAM and all the free HD space.

    This is the case where your computer starts slowing down, beachballs for long periods, and then finally crashes.

    But works fine when you restart.

    If you had a hardware problem, like a dying HD, the beachballs would still be there after a restart -- or the HD crashes at varying intervals as it overheats.
     
  15. jnguyen4 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wait...

    Are you QUITTING your programs after you're finished with them?

    Closing the window does not QUIT a program on a Macintosh, unlike Windows.

    You can tell which programs are running by the black triangles underneath them in the dock.

    LimeWire is pretty bad too.
     
  17. OzMo macrumors member

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    STOP Limewire for a day (don't just close the window ... click "Limewire" then "Quit Limewire"), and see whether that makes any difference.
     
  18. jnguyen4 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thank you.. i will try that
     
  19. Allotriophagy macrumors 6502a

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    If it turns out that Limewire is causing the problems, then AcquisitionX is a replacement I have found to be very good.
     
  20. skubish macrumors 68030

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    I am guessing you are not quitting the applications. You are probably just clicking on the red dot in the upper left. That does not quit the application, you need to either (1) go into the left most menu and select quit or (2) press Apple - Q
     
  21. jnguyen4 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yes i was quiting the actual application. so far i have not ran limewire for 24 hrs now and my computer seems to be running fine.. i think we found a solution. thank you muchos!!
     
  22. jnguyen4 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    by the way... since limewire is a p2p network.. isn't that the same as the acquisition?? and wouldn't that cause me the same problems?? or will it be cleaner and less harmful to my computer? thanx
     
  23. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    Where can i download Cabos? I've googled it, and all i can find is the source code :confused:
     
  24. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    Acquisition and LimeWire access the same Gnutella network. The network is not what's cuasing the slowness, it's the horrible way that LimeWire is written (I believe entirely in Java) that is slowing your system down.

    You'll find the same files with Acquisition, only unlike LimeWire, Acquisition is actually designed for the Mac and is lean, fast, and stable.

    http://www.acquisitionx.com/
     
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    Here
     

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