Dashboard Lag

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Dyuta, May 30, 2006.

  1. Dyuta macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2006
    When I boot up my computer or wake it from sleep, the first time I open Dashboard, it lags for a few seconds as everything loads... the only widgets I have are a few Stickies, iStat nano, Calculator, Dictionary, Clock, Calendar, Weather, Translator, PeerGuardian and Lightsaber... this shouldn't be so heavy a load that my 17" lags just to open Dashboard, should it?

    Edit: This is a 2.16Ghz Core Duo with 2GB RAM.
  2. Eniregnat macrumors 68000


    Jan 22, 2003
    In your head.
    For my 1GHz 12" PB, that is just the way it is. It takes it a while to load and make the applets active after a reboot or after sleeping.

    It is quite a bit to load.
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Every Mac (non Intel) I've ever trid it on behaves this way..

    (never tried it on an intel Mac)
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    On reboot the Dashboard has to complete reload itself. It doesn't until you bring it down for the first time. I don't have that issue when waking from sleep though.
  5. zarathustra macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2002
    Philadelphia, PA
    There is a nifty freeware application that might make this less painful:

    Dashboard Kick Start

    While this won't alleviate the load of the dashboard, it does it every time you start up/wake and hides the load in the background. So when you hit the dock, it should be preloaded.
  6. G99 macrumors 6502


    Mar 8, 2006
    Dashboard KickStart is pretty much the same as the following code:
    tell application "System Events"
    	key code 111
    	delay 0.5
    	key code 111
    end tell
    Apart from this it also messes about with some system stuff, which is why I just use the code above. Paste the code into Script Editor - spotlight it. Save the code as an app, and place it into your login items. Works like a charm for me. ;)
  7. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    My Dashboard lags a bit on initial load and sometimes upon waking up from sleep. I attributed it to the fact that a good number of my widgets are web-based, and if it's in the process of reconnecting the wireless it takes a second to initialize them.
  8. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    From what I can tell, based on system resources, seems to let the running copy of a widget de-instantiate and reloads it when it has not been used for some time. This happens on my iBook and occasionally on my iMac (which has much more memory), but far less often on the iMac than the iBook.
  9. MacsomJRR macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2003
    San Diego
    I'm using a MBP and dashboard lags for a couple of secs when I first turn it on. After it has been brought up once or twice though it is fine although I probably never use dashboard so I guess it doesn't matter either way.

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