Tips on cleaning up my macbook? (internally - PRAM etc)

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by happle, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. happle macrumors 6502a

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    so its been almost a year and a half since i got my macbook and i was wondering if anyone had any info on how i can clean up my macbook so to speak. basically my boot time is taking a little longer now etc. i heard resetting the pram can help. does anyone know how to do this or have any other tips for me?

    any help is appreciated. thanks.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    How much free HDD capacity do you have left?
    Btw, why do you need to boot your MB? Do you use Windows or any other OS you need to boot into on a regular basis?
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    When to reset NVRAM or PRAM

    There's nothing you need to do on a regular basis to "clean" your Mac. If boot times are longer, look at System Preferences > Accounts > your account > Login Items to see what all you have launching on startup.

    Also, you don't need to boot that often. Many go weeks or months without restarting.

    Another thing you can do is launch Activity Monitor and look at the System Memory tab at the bottom. If your "page outs" and "swap used" are high, you may need more RAM.
     
  4. happle thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks. nope the 4gb of ram is doing just perfect. no page outs or swaps. i got about 200gb of my 500gb hd left, so im good there.

    and i know i dont need to "clean up" anything regularly but its been a year and a half and i believe my screen has seen enough porno to kill a horse :D exaggerating a little bit but still i figured there must be something i can do to tidy up my files or whatever to sort of refresh my mac. i know this isn't a pc lol trust me. if it were a pc it would probably take 10 mins to shut off, never mind reboot lol.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Having files stored on your hard drive will not affect system performance, unless you're running out of disk space. It's what's running that affects your performance. Launch Activity Monitor and change "My Processes" at the top to "All Processes" to see all the apps/processes/widgets you have running. Those will affect performance, not data stored on your drive.
     
  6. happle thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    nope nothing out of the ordinary. all of the apps/widgets/system tools i have had since the beginning. something is slowing down my start up/boot time though...and even then its not like its slow. i just know its a little slower because i timed my start up/boot times when i first got the 7200rpm hd and 4gb of ram.
     

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