Winterboard Slowdown - I've had enough! Uninstall WB and SSH themeing.

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by Donz0r, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Donz0r macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2006
    After living with the slowdown caused by winterboard for months, I've finally uninstalled it.

    I tried to convince myself it wasn't there for as long as I could but every single app was affected. Launching apps, typing, etc. was all noticeably slower.

    So far I haven't found a reliable way to replace AppStore puchased icons so I guess I'll be sticking with the default icons.
    I still have categories, a custom dock, custom keyboard sounds and sms bubbles.

    Anyone else ditched winterboard in favor of a "it just works" iPhone?

    P.S. Anyone who says winterboard doesn't slow you down is lying to themselves.
  2. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2007
    Categories is the only app that I feel is slow. The rest are fine, or adequate in their loading time that I don't get frustrated.
  3. Digitalflick macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2002
    Winterboard doesn't slow me down.

    Seriously it doesnt'!

    Except for categories like ^ said.
  4. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    I've noticed that Winterboard causes SpringBoard to take up a fair bit of memory. This could be causing some of the performance problems that you're referring to.

    Oh, and have you considered just replacing the icon in the app's bundle?
  5. Donz0r thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2006
    The slowdown caused by wonterboard is system wide. Not just app launching. Keyboard responsiveness. Answering calls etc. Also I've read a lot and it seems you cannot replace app store icons without breaking the apps
  6. Lucbert macrumors regular


    Dec 8, 2008
    I have only jailbroken my iPhone to use yellowsnow and to me it seems like the jailbreak itself already slows down my iPhone. But I'm not sure. I have no other 3rd party SW other than Installer and yellowsnow on the device.
    I had Winterboard on my old iPhone and it made it incredible slow. The slowness was due to uncompressed graphics used by the theme I had installed.

    And let's be honest. The original Apple Theme looks the best anyways.
  7. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    Ah, my mistake. I didn't see you specified App Store apps.
  8. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    There's no evidence that jailbreaking causes any performance degradation.

    Winterboard, on the other hand, does. It's not just due to "uncompressed graphics" -- there's a performance cost associated with simply having Winterboard installed (even without any themes applied.)
  9. cjm3113 macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2008
    My phone is just as fast jailbroken as it was before the jailbreak. That said, when I had winterboard was much slower. My average RAM used was almost double.
  10. Donz0r thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2006
    I use SMS for 90% of my phone usage. And from the time i tap the icon to the first key typed is about 3.5 seconds now, down from an average of 10 second with winterboard.

    I also have my custom bubbles and keyboard sounds which makes me happy. Oh, and dock too.
    I could customize a lot more without WB but I'm fine with this setup. I only wish I could get rid of those page dots without winterboard somehow.

    No regrets here at all. The responsiveness is amazing. I used to get frustrated by the lagginess, now I love this phone again just like I used to.
  11. FLAVAH macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2008
    in regards to sms, the only thing i feel that really slowed me down was using a custom keyboard, and that killed me. so i took out the custom keyboard and kept the winterboard, and the responsiveness of the sms was back to almost stock! there may be a little bit of a lag when first pressing the sms icon, but other than that the typing was back to awesome!
  12. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    I still don't understand the point in wasting all that time just to make the UI uglier and replacing icons. Who cares?!? Some themes should never have hit the net... imho. Otheres are ok, but you spend all that time instead of doing some more productive.
  13. deadsouls macrumors regular

    Dec 4, 2008
    yah cause you posting here must have felt really productive.
  14. TJisYeah macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Ok Winterboard DOES NOT slow me down at all and neitehr does sshing..

    just becuase you have a bad experiance with winterboard does not mean EVERYBODY is ..

    RESTORE you phone and try again.

    I love my phone and have absolutly NO PROBLEMS
  15. cjm3113 macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2008
  16. notintheleast macrumors 6502


    Oct 1, 2008
    I definitely experience a little lagging with winterboard after a while. After I restore and re-jailbreak (and install WB) the lag is gone. It doesn't get bad unless I have a bunch of themes downloaded.
  17. gadgetdad macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2007
    On my iPhone
    I havnt noticed lag either. Maybe there is, maybe not, but I dont notice it.

    The main reason I jailbroke was for themes. They change on my iPhone each week. Keeps it fresh.
  18. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    What do you mean you can't replace app store icons? I've replaced a lot of my app store apps icons w/o any prolbem. Finding the app I want to replace icons for does require that I open each app directory to find the one I want, though.
  19. ChipH588 macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2009
    Quick question

    I too want Winterboard gone and have wanted to SSH theme too but I can't for the life of me find where the wallpaper and springboard dock are located. Does anyone here know?
  20. Donz0r thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2006
    You cannot change the wallpaper via SSH. The dock is located in
    or something like that
  21. Donz0r thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2006
    winterboard does in fact use up a ton of ram, and I've restored and reinstalled in with every software update and on 2 different iPhones

    That's just what I've read on multiple boards. For now the stock icons are fine, I actually like them. I spent a lot of time making custom icons when i was using winterboard and I loved the way it looked, but frankly I just got sick of it. Winterboard is amazing, but while it makes my iPhone look cooler, I like my iPhone less because of the how it slows everything down.
  22. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    I've noticed the slowdown/lag with Winterboard Leopard UI, especially when going from Homescreen to any of the other screens...
  23. dccorona macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2008
    thats strange
    after my jailbreak, not only did the phone seem a little snappier, it also seemed to get better reception

    also, use one of the memory freeing programs from the appstore
    they do great things for system speed
  24. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    1) Jailbreaking didn't affect your phone's performance or reception. That part was all in the eye of the beholder ;-)

    2) The "memory optimization" programs, if I'm not mistaken, work by allocating a ton of memory thereby forcing the OS to evict any inactive pages. This will technically increase the amount of free memory, but it will do so at the cost of requiring those pages to be paged back in when they're needed (thus resulting in a slow-down.)
  25. Tokiopop macrumors 68000


    Dec 6, 2008
    West Yorkshire, UK
    No slowdown here either, not with 2.2 and the latest Winterboard anyway. BUT my apps do take longer to open up, but they did before Winterboard. That's JB for ya ;)

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