Unhappy with Tiger's video performance

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  1. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Well, I got Tiger for my 1GHz G4 PowerMac Sawtooth (upgraded) with a 64 Mb ATI Radeon 9000 Pro video card and 1.5 Gb RAM, and I must say it's disappointing. Scrolling in all apps is MUCH slower than Panther, and even the genie effect is noticably affected. I thought these things would be OK with Quartz Extreme running them, but they're not. Am I doing something wrong? Can I turn something off to fix this problem? The slow scrolling speed is really annoying when working in large documents. Maybe I just have to get another video card. Oh I should mention I cleaned off my hard drive before installing Tiger. Help guys.
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Something's not right. Tiger's been scrolling and the such just fine for me. Any other changes made apart from the OS?
     
  3. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    No. And like I said, I erased my HD before I installed- I find that's usually best to get good performance. Now I'm really hesitating to put it on my iBook G4.
     
  4. unixkid macrumors member

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    Tiger is noticeably FASTER not slower... somthing else is wrong
     
  5. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    Well, I don't know what it is. Scrolling is PAINFUL, especially in Safari and QuarkXpress. With Panther, it was smooth as glass.
     
  6. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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  7. unixkid macrumors member

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    turn on smooth scrolling... sys pref>Appearance
     
  8. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    Thanks, but's been on the whole time. Already checked that before.
     
  9. unixkid macrumors member

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    wait for the next OS update...what version u on BTW?
     
  10. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    firefox scrolls MUCH faster than safari. try firefox.
     
  11. unixkid macrumors member

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    try Camio too
     
  12. Windowlicker macrumors 6502a

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    Any chance the problem is caused by your processor upgrade?
     
  13. gangst macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, you might be right there, I remember reading before that Tiger doesn't support processor upgrade cards.
     
  14. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    Hmmm...maybe I should just go back to Panther. But it seems to me that it would be even worse if it was the upgrade. I suppose it's possible. I'll check the Sonnet website for updates.
     
  15. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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  16. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    Hey- maybe this is it. When I started Tiger for the first time, I had it pull all of the info off my iBook (apps, preferences, etc.). Maybe I should have just reinstalled everything manually. Could that have made a difference?
     
  17. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    heck yes!@# a clean install is ALWAYS best. I never do anything but clean installs and in turn I have no issues. I have a franken mac also and it runs tiger very well.
     
  18. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    Well the Tiger install was a clean install. But I guess I didn't think pulling things off the iBook afterward would cause a problem. I guess I'll start over then. I'll let you guys know what happens. Thanks.
     
  19. 7on macrumors 601

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    I have a Powerbook but practically the same specs as you and scrolling is smooth.
     
  20. Applespider macrumors G4

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    If your system is running well beforehand, I think an Archive and Install is just as good. I've A&Ied Tiger on 3 Macs now without problems on any of them. And it's far quicker than a clean install when you take into account reinstalling all your applications and configuring all your preferences etc. I work on the principle that if there's a problem with the A&I, I can always go back and do a clean install and I've wasted less than an hour. Whereas if I go the clean route, it's likely to take me an additional 3 or 4 hours to reinstall all my software etc
     
  21. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    Unfortunately, it looks like I'll be doing a clean install again. But if it fixes my problems, it's worth another four hours.
     
  22. MarkCollette macrumors 68000

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    Was it done indexing your hard drive before you tested how fast it is?
     
  23. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    Thanks- Looks like a long night for me! :)
     
  24. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    Yes.
     
  25. leekohler thread starter macrumors G5

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    Yes! Success! That was the problem. Everything works OK now. Thanks a lot guys! Tiger rocks!
     

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