Mac Server SLOW

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by keybrdplaya, Nov 6, 2004.

  1. keybrdplaya macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2004
    I am using a g4-350 w/512 mb ram, western digital 8mb cache, 0S 9.1, as a file server in a TCP IP network of about 5 macs. Everyone is running 100 mb cards. Mainly, saving files from Photoshop and certain apps takes FOREVER to navigate through the server's directories. Quark, OK. Illustrator, OK. (both vector based, hmmm). I general, simply navigating through the folders at the root level takes a bit to refresh.

    Five questions.
    1. Is a server that's used ONLY for file sharing dependent on CPU speed, and/or RAM?
    2. Is it the OS slowing it down? or the Application (photoshop) itself?
    3. Is the network slowing it down? (speeds for internet and other apps are just fine)
    4. How can I speed it up?
    5. Is XServe the answer?

    Thanks in advance for ANY replies - Keybrdplaya
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    It is not nice to double-post.
  3. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    Dunno, but I have a G3 400Mhz 256MB of RAM I use as a server and it's as fast as a local drive when I browse. I am using OSX.3, but I think your issues are more network related.

    Here's an idea, try turning off "Sleep harddisk whenever possible." I don't know if OS9 had that option anywhere, but turning that off made my server more responsive (I guess the old ata interface made it slow to wake up hdds).

Share This Page