Dashboard on macbook

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  1. aethelbert macrumors 601

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    Hi,
    I am likely going to be getting a macbook in a month or two (either the base with 2gb or the midrange with 1gb) and I want to use dashboard. I think that I will only be using the pre-installed widgets, but how many will I be able to keep open (with basic programs running in the background) without seeing a signifigant slowdown?
    Thanks
     
  2. iMacBook macrumors 6502a

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    I'd like to know as well.

    Like, 5 widgets and your system is "constipated?"

    Or, can you run like, 25 widgets and have it still run well?
     
  3. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    I have about 6 dashboard widgits, and never notice them slowing down my laptop.

    Yes they use memory when your not using them, but 0 cpu

    Here look at this. See that they are using a bit of memory but NO cpu.

    [​IMG]

    So you should be grand... :)
     
  4. tennismanclay macrumors regular

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    I keep 6 or 7 open all the time and see no speedloss, as u already know they dont use cpu but do use a bit of ram.

    Tennisman
     
  5. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    It really depends on the widgets.

    With 512 MB of RAM in my CD MacBook, the 6 or so widgets I had would take about 5 seconds to pop up after activating dashboard, but now with 2 GB they come up immediately, no matter what I'm doing.
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    11 widgets. I use dashboard kickstart to get the dashboard going at login. I could probably triple the number of widgets with no appreciable slowdown. To paraphrase an Oldsmobile advert: This ain't your father's Macintosh.
     
  7. mpw Guest

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    I have at least a dozen widgets loaded and never noticed any problem, but load the wrong one and it hog all your resources. I loaded an AirPort monitor widget and damn near killed my MacBook a few days ago.
     
  8. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    I have 11 widgets so far, and don't notice any slowdown. The annoying part is that even if the computer has been on, the first time you launch dashboard, it takes three or four seconds in order for them to update.
     
  9. John01021988 macrumors 6502

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    \\Yep, that fricking airport radar, dont use it! By some reason it takes almost 100 percent of ur processor..... Damn airport radar widget
     
  10. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816

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    Hey, I have 14 widgets, but the major difference in having more is just the initial dashboard loadup. Once it's loaded, everything runs fine and it won't use any more CPU (and 20 will load as fast as 1 when you hit the dashboard button or corner).
     
  11. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    this used to be my dashboard, but it slowed down my computer quite a bit (took too much ram).

    [​IMG]

    but it was 22 widgets. you should be fine with ten or so.
     
  12. aethelbert thread starter macrumors 601

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    So with 1Gb I should be able to run about 10 widgets without a slowdown, correct? I'd love to have that in the background without problems!
    Thanks
     
  13. mac17 macrumors regular

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    i have a ton of widgets open on my black mb 1 gb of ram this pic is what i have on now usually i have alot more than that even.
    it doesnt slow down at all or at least not that i notice.
     
  14. mac17 macrumors regular

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    sorry heres the pic
     

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