Why is my Mac running slowly?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sionharris, Dec 20, 2006.

  1. sionharris macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2006
    Since installing the latest security patch, Safari has been painfully slow. Can anybody suggest why?

    Other than that, I thought it might be useful to collate a list of reasons, however trivial, that your computer might be running slowly, along with ways to fix it. Hopefully one will work for me.

    I'll start the ball rolling:

    Check how much space is left on your computer. It is recommended that you keep at least 10% of your HD free for optimum performance and to avoid major system crashes.

    Also, Safari has a habit of running slowly if you have too many bookmarks.
  2. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    I have an amazing 1.6 gbs left on my mac pro.:D I am picking up a second 320 gb hard drive today as soon as I head home.
  3. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    too many widgets open
    too many apps open
    not enough RAM
    bad RAM

    repair permissions
    get more RAM
    clear some HDD space
    quit unneeded apps, including widgets
    restart the computer

    that should get the ball rolling a bit faster :)
    EDIT; this thread should potentially be a sticky. there are way too many "my macs running slow" threads
  4. sionharris thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2006
    It should be noted by newbies that restarting will not immediately speed up your computer because everything will be slightly slower the first time you use it.

    How do you repair permissions?
  5. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    like this :)
  6. Shadow macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Keele, United Kingdom
  7. XP Defector macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2006
    I know it's drastic, but a completely clean install speeded up my Mac no end. I found that as it was my first Mac, I was installing all sorts of programs and probably not deleating them properly and probably just running things I didn't need. I swear, my OSX boots up in like 15 seconds flat now!

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