Leopard is...slow?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jsbarone, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. jsbarone macrumors regular

    May 8, 2007

    I got my first Mac when Apple released the SR/LED MBP's, and so far have been elated. It's the fasted, purtiest and most stable computer I've ever owned.

    Only problem is, I recently upgraded to Leopard, and while some of it's features are nice...I've really started to notice that applications open a bit slowly.

    Occasionally Firefox or Cyberduck will take a few seconds or more to open up. To put it in perspective, on my Mother-in-laws new Macbook (2.2 White) it opens like a charm in less than a second. Is there something I should be doing to speed this thing up?
  2. writeous macrumors regular

    Aug 24, 2007
    Having the 2D dock instead of the 3D speeds up the animations alittle. As far as programs opening up quickly, thats the first thing I noticed in Leopard, that most of my apps launched faster than on Tiger. So I guess I cant help you with that one.
  3. Amdahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    If you just upgraded, the hot files haven't been updated for the new OS yet. It takes 2.5 days of uptime for the first round I think. That's speculation. Leave the computer on for 2.5 days since you installed and then reboot. Sleep mode counts for uptime, so you can let it sleep.

    This is just speculation based on my own attempts to figure out why Leopard isn't quick after upgrading from Tiger.

    It may not speed up after the first 2.5 days, because it seems the new hot files have to overcome the hotness of the previous files, and that could take weeks, in my observations so far. My newer MBP has been warming up much faster than my 2.5G5 because the G5 has 3 years of hotness. If you are impatient, backup (perhaps with Time Machine), Erase & Install.
  4. jsbarone thread starter macrumors regular

    May 8, 2007
    I didn't just update---I updated a few days after the launch. When I installed Leopard I did a completely clean install over Tiger after backing up Photos and Music...

    Also, I just did a "bounce count" and it took Firefox six bounces to open. Safari curiously just one....
  5. Amdahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Did you Erase & Install? You have to reformat to wipe out the hotfiles statistics, because they are stored in the filesystem metadata. If you did, then I guess many of us are hoping for a miracle in 10.5.2.

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