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How to Make Mac Run Faster

16159 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: May 27, 2008 10:49 AM by JoeyR RSS
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May 26, 2008 9:49 PM
Hello!
My Mac runs pretty slowly compared to other MacBooks that I know of. I think it's because of the many music and picture files I have. I was wondering if there's any way to make my Mac run faster without deleting the files. Is there a program or something that I can run?
Thanks!
Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 Level 6 (9,125 points)
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    May 27, 2008 7:32 AM (in response to bbYdLL)
    How much memory do you have installed? How much hard drive space is available? There are several things that can be suggested with just a little more information from your end.
    MacBook 2.16, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • JoeyR Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)
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    May 27, 2008 10:17 AM (in response to bbYdLL)
    You shouldn't encounter any performance issues with 15GB free... although, I would suggest that you not let it get much lower than that. Consider upgrading your internal hard drive if you want to keep all of your media files on your internal drive.

    How much memory do you have installed... 512MB, 1GB, etc... ?
    Core Duo BlackBook - SR MBP - 8GB Gen 2 and 3 Nanos, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 Level 6 (9,125 points)
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    May 27, 2008 10:44 AM (in response to bbYdLL)
    I agree...you should be ok with 15 GB free space. I'm going to assume that you probably don't have enough ram. Here's a couple links on how to use Activity Monitor to assess your ram use:
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.5/en/8334.html
    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107918
    MacBook 2.16, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • JoeyR Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)
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    May 27, 2008 10:49 AM (in response to bbYdLL)
    As Mike suggested... the amount of RAM you have installed should be your next consideration.

    Do you find that your fan is running at high speeds when you don't seem to be doing anything that should cause it? Sometimes rogue processes can cause your system to run slowly... but you would generally see high CPU usage along with your fan running at high speeds.
    Core Duo BlackBook - SR MBP - 8GB Gen 2 and 3 Nanos, Mac OS X (10.5.2)

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