How can I make my computer run smoother??

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mikeydooodie, Jan 28, 2010.

  1. mikeydooodie macrumors member

    May 13, 2008
    Hi guys im currently using a powerbook g4 15" 1.67ghz with 512mb ram with os 10.4.11, i know its a dinosaur but due to financial constraints i cant buy a new computer at the moment, when i bought this it was top of the line, 4 years ago lol, but anyway lately the computer is running like crap, especially the internet, programs load slow, web videos like youtube are becoming choppy and freeze every 2 seconds, i dont have a lot of music or pictures on my computer i have about 42 gb of memory still available on my 64gb drive, i try to run my software updates and java for mac 10.4 is something that hasnt been able to install for over a year now. im a casual computer user so i dont really keep everything up to date but now its starting to get to me. is there anything i can do? or do i have to wipe this thing clean and start from scratch?
  2. Peabody macrumors regular

    Jun 28, 2007
    Portland, OR
    Sandpaper should do the trick. Just kidding...

    Here's 2 quick and cheap ways to help:
    1. Max out the ram. 512MB just isn't enough.
    2. Wipe and Reload the OS from scratch - no migration assistant or anything like that. Manually move your files back and reinstall all your applications.

    Between those it should feel like 2007 all over again!

  3. mikeydooodie thread starter macrumors member

    May 13, 2008
    how do i do number 2 ?
  4. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    On a toilet. What kind of question is that? :D

    Back up all your data with Time Machine. Stick in your OS X disc (the one that came with your Mac). Restart, and hold down C (or 'option'). Boot off the OS X disc. Then, from the menu at the top, select Disk Utility, and select Macintosh HD, then format it.

    Finally, quit Disk Utility, and finish off installing OS X. Once done, don't migrate any data from Time Machine, just manually drag all your data back over and reinstall all your applications.
  5. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2005
    Rochester, NY
    10.4 doesn't have time machine so you'd have to manually backup your home and applications folder as well as anything else you'd like to keep.

    Then just copy the files back to the PowerBook after you're done reinstalling 10.4.

    Like the poster above me said maxing out the ram will definitely help.

    Also putting a larger/faster hard drive would help but that's not the easiest task in PowerBooks.
  6. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Overlooked that he was running Tiger.

    As said.. manually backup. And put the OS X disc in (no need to run Disk Utility).

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