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Troubles with iBook G4

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Devie, Nov 6, 2004.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Me friend has an iBook G4 800MHz 384MB RAM and latest v of OSX.3, and she's complaining that its started to run really slow... since I have nfi about the MacOS yet, she wants to know what she can do to make it run normally again?
    Or, how do you format in OSX?
    Thanks in advance :).
  2. macrumors 65816


    Tell her to try repairing permissions in Disk Utility (in the Utitlies folder under Applications) She should do this about once a month.

    I'm sure someone else can give you other advise as to what to do.
  3. macrumors newbie

    try using a utility like the free OnyX that will run the cron scripts that would usually be run at night, but typically aren't because the machine is asleep or not on.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Cheers for the info :), shes trying it...
  5. macrumors 68000

    She should probably make sure there is at least ~1gb free space, for a swapfile... with 384MB memory that thing will need it!

    Just to clarify, though - you really don't need to format the hard drive at all as often as you're used to in Windows. Permission repair is pretty much all you need to do (besides the cron jobs, which many freeware apps can take care of), unless you really manage to screw things up...

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