2.4gHz iMac vs 2.0gHz MacBook

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  1. sk8mash macrumors 6502a

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    I just received a MacBook, and have done a quick startup test. Surprisingly, my iMac and my MacBook both started in the same time. Both have 2GB or RAM, but obviously the MacBook is DDR3 whereas the iMac is DDR2. Both have no programs set to run on startup, so why isn't my iMac faster?

    Also, after startup I would usually open iTunes, Safari, and EyeTV at the same time. The MacBook opened these alot quicker than the iMac, especially iTunes which took a good 10-20 seconds more on the iMac. Both iTunes libraries are the same.

    I also loaded up a GarageBand project on both Macs. The project has alot of tracks in it. Scrolling down the tracks whilst it is playing lags a bit on the iMac, however it is smooth on the MacBook. Both running iLife '09.

    I guess my iMac is not performing as it did a year ago when I bought it. What can I do to speed it up again?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Start up depends of your hard drive and iMac has better (7200rpm). But DDR has also something to do there. You can't really speed it up more but try programm call Onyx it should do something
     
  3. sk8mash thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OK i'm downloading Onyx. Is there anything specifically that I should do?
     
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  5. sk8mash thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. I've done a few things with onyx, but it doesn't really seemed to have made a difference. iTunes just took nearly 30 seconds to load. Does anyone know why my iMac is not performing?
     
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    Something is wrong there, iTunes takes approximately 14 seconds to load on my White MacBook and I have a huge library.

    Did you run all of the clean-ups options?
     
  8. sk8mash thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I ran most of them, pretty much all the ones it recommended. Could it be a hardware issue? My iTunes library is only 23.41GB. I also regularly getting the spinning beach ball when just browsing safari.
     
  9. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    A couple of things to try:

    • boot up from your OS X DVD and run Disk Utility. Do a full repair of the hard drive and repair permissions.

    • try resetting Safari
     
  10. sk8mash thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I tried repairing from the disk and it said there was nothing wrong. Any other ideas?
     

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