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geekygoddess
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Icon 2 posted July 20, 2008 05:25      Profile for geekygoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
You know how on a p.c. you can do a defrag and clean up your machine? What can I do to my Mac to clean it up? It has been running rather slow the past two days. I'm not sure if it is just the net or what, but any help would be great:)

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Grummash

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Icon 1 posted July 20, 2008 06:22      Profile for Grummash     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
gg - For OS X 10.3 or 10.4, try MacJanitor . For Leopard, try Onyx.

I used to use MacJanitor a lot and can recommend it highly. I think Onyx may have the power to do harm as well as good. [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted July 20, 2008 08:52      Profile for tweety   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
gg – AFAIK, OS X Tiger is set to run its maintenance scripts sometime around 3 am. If your machine is usually in sleep mode, or off, at those times, then Grummash's suggestion is the way to go.

I've used Onyx and Tinkertool in the past. They both seem to do as advertised. I've also used an app called Mac Helpmate, while geared toward remote troubleshooting, it has many of the same maintenance utilities as Onyx and Tinkertool.

If those apps don't help, then I'd suggest getting the HDD checked out. (Not to alarm you, I just like to be thorough.)

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Icon 1 posted July 20, 2008 16:26      Profile for Callipygous     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
OK first things first, how's your memory usage? Too many page ins/page outs from the HD is a common cause of slowdowns. Do you have enough RAM? Does one of your apps have a memory leak? If you don't know I suggest running Activity Monitor and set the dock icon to memory usage, or if you prefer these things in the menu bar the freeware iStat menus is useful. Sometimes just clearing out your caches solves the problem. Onyx as others have advised can help here.

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Icon 3 posted July 20, 2008 17:00      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
restart Safari if it's running ... It's seems like 90 percent of the time, if something is slow, I find Safari is hogging resources or just being a hog.

(Since I moved to Firefox for most of my browsing, I have way fewer beachballs and less waiting on websites.)

ymmv

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Icon 1 posted July 20, 2008 17:05      Profile for geekygoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thanks guys for all your help!

Calli- I am running just a little over 1GB RAM, and have 2GB total, maybe it's time for an upgrade? I just emptied the cache and that seemed to help a little:) The only thing I did different was install firefox on here the other day, hmmm, dunno what else it could be, but it is quite annoying. [crazy]

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But geekygoddess, I thought It Just Worked.

*grins and runs off before he gets slapped*

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geekygoddess
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Icon 1 posted July 20, 2008 17:58      Profile for geekygoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Steen... The beatings are coming!!! Probably when you least expect it.
Hope you sleep ok tonight [Big Grin]

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Icon 1 posted July 21, 2008 08:46      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Snaggy:
restart Safari if it's running ... It's seems like 90 percent of the time, if something is slow, I find Safari is hogging resources or just being a hog.

(Since I moved to Firefox for most of my browsing, I have way fewer beachballs and less waiting on websites.)

ymmv

Yeah...I noticed that in today's JoT and was quite pleased!

Mozilla's "Keyhole" branding strategy worked, methinks! (Even though I don't entirely care for it, it is a *very* noticeable way to identify the browser in screenshots.)

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Icon 1 posted July 21, 2008 11:03      Profile for geekygoddess     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thanks everybody... That seemed to do the trick, it seems to be back to it's ol' self again [Big Grin]

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