Disabling Dashboard 10000000% Safe?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by theturtle, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. theturtle macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2009
    Hello, just wanted to be 100000% sure before i actually do this. (im running Lion GM if that matters). Im looking to disable my dashboard because i dont use it at all but i was curious, is there ANY downsides to this? Is messing with the terminal and disabling it harmful to the machine in either long term or short term? Just wanted to be sure before i went ahead with this.

    Oh yeah, do i have to re enable the dashboard when new software updates are released or can i apply OS (the 10.7.1 type of updates) with the dashboard disabled and not have my system mess up. :3
  2. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    why though?

    if it's not on your dock then it is virtually non-existant.
  3. BlakeBrattina macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2011
    Bay City, MI
    The man has a point.
  4. theturtle thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2009
    Just wondering because a member stated that they saw a 30% increase in fps when disabling dashboard in lion (because it runs in the background even when not activated)
  5. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    I think you're mistaken my friend. Check your Activity Monitor after a fresh restart, Dashboard ain't runnin'.

    EDIT: But on a side note, disabling Dashboard through the Terminal is harmless and yes, you'll have to reactivate it if you ever want to use it again.

    BTW, 30% gain in FPS in what?
  6. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Sometimes there are third-party widgets that consume a lot of CPU cycles, but if you don't install any of those, you don't need to delete Dashboard.
  7. maclaptop macrumors 65816


    Apr 8, 2011
    Western Hemisphere
    Sage advice :)
  8. theturtle, Jul 6, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 6, 2011

    theturtle thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2009

    do you have to reactivate it when OS updates come through or is it fine to update your OS with it deactivated. Weird question i know. Just want to be thorough and figure out if there are any cons (more so in harmful ways) to disabling.
  9. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Like I told you, you'll be fine. Dashboard is an application so any future updates to it will be handled no differently than if you didn't disable it. But again, if you haven't started Dashboard then you really don't need to worry because it isn't running. You're already 100000000000000000000% Safe, and dude, that's like CRAZY safe.
  10. Macsavvytech macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2010
    Dashboard is currently using 32MB of RAM and 0.0 percent of my processor. In my book freeing that up may give me an extra 0.000000000000000001 Frame per second, oh and thats not the RAM but the 0.0 percent processor usage.
  11. kryptticAZ macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I have also read elsewhere that Dashboard is a GPU hog, even when in the background. As the OP stated, users have seen up to a 30% increase in graphics performance when disabling it.

    Yes, this is a GPU issue, not RAM, and not CPU so those of you quoting RAM and CPU loads are missing the point.
  12. Warbitrary macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2009
    Montréal, Canada
    Dashboard launches the first time you use it. If you never open it after a restart, it's not launched. If it's not launched, it doesn't use any RAM, CPU or GPU whatsoever.

    Remove it from the dock, delete the keyboard shortcut and disable the gesture, and it will never launch.
  13. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    You should have no problems. I used to do this all the time on iBooks/Powerbooks to conserve CPU cycles and battery life. I don't see any ill effects on newer MBPs.
  14. nwbusa macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2010
    BC, Canada
    I lol'd :)
  15. MuddyDucky macrumors newbie


    Jul 6, 2011
    In your backyard
    Disabling Dashboard is guaranteed safe. I did this on my mac, but I didn't see any performance gains. Not big, at least. You can disable it when you don't need it, and enable it when you do need it. :)
  16. theturtle thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2009
    what can i say, i like to be sure :p
  17. JackButler macrumors member

    Feb 3, 2008
    I always disable my Dashboard an did so in 10.7... no problem.
  18. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    When the minimum requirements for your OS is almost the same as your specs disabling Dashboard can be helpful, but if you're running Lion your hardware will be good enough to cope easily.
  19. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    anyway if u still want to disable dashboard like me because i don't use widgets at all, just put this in terminal:

    defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES

    press enter, and then put this too:

    killall Dock

    and enter.

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