stacks choppy under snow leopard, hardrive question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rich2k4, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. rich2k4 macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2009
    whenever i click the application folder in my dock. sometimes grid view appears choppy, like i can distinguish 2 frames for it to show up. If i click the applications folder multiple times, eventually stacks appears instantly with no lag. Is this my computer? i don't think it can be because it is a week old. 2.93 ghz imac. Other animations appear choppy sometimes as well, like expose, or "show desktop" hot corner. It's not like i have a lot of programs open, just safari and adium.

    also about my hardrive capacity, i'm supposed to have a 650 gb hardrive, but how come when i do "get info" on macintosh HD, it says the maximum capacity is 639 gb? what happened to the other 11 GB?
  2. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Stacks: Are you running in 64-bit kernel? As there have been problems with animations in 64-bit.

    Hard Drive: The GB storage is never accurate, even with Snow Leopard. This id perfectly normal and nothing can be done about it.
  3. rich2k4 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2009
    i don't think i am running in 64 bit. i just did a normal clean install, and i read 32bit is default.

    the choppy animations don't happen all the time just sometimes. mostly on stacks, in grid view. if i have it in list, or fan, it's fast
  4. rich2k4 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2009
    anyone else know about the hardrive question?
  5. rich2k4 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2009
  6. sananda macrumors 68020

    May 24, 2007
    Same for me on my last gen Mac mini.
  7. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 27, 2008
    650gb HDs technically do not exist. You're mistaken.
  8. CrArC macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2009
    Been running into the same problem on a GMA 950-based Mac Mini. Stacks which were previously much smoother are now incredibly jerky, along with most window-related transitions apart from minimizing/maximising and switching spaces.

    I'm suprised how little documentation there is online for this. There must be a way to speed this up? Has anyone found a solution?

    Rich2k4, that 11GB or so you're 'missing' sounds a little like the difference between quoted and physical storage on a drive. Manufacturers measure drive storage in orders of ten, whereas computers do not. So a kilobyte for a manufacturer is 1000 bytes, whereas it's more like 1024 for a computer. Any drive you purchase will say it has 'more' storage than it does because of this.

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