3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 16, 2009 2:02 PM by calypso7
wanteddoa Level 1 (0 points)
My MAC has been running very slow lately with internet, email, opening files, etc. It isn't my internet connection as that is fine with my other computers. Any help?

Mac, Mac OS X (10.4)
  • Limnos Level 8 (47,327 points)
    [a brody's Topic: Myths of required versus not required maintenance for Mac OS X|http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1772235] - somewhat selective on the definition of "maintenance" in my opinion, but do heed warnings about being careful and restrained in the use of utilities.

    [Are the desktops cluttered with files and folders?|http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=7668937#7668937] - a definite must

    [Problems from insufficient RAM and free hard disk space|http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/lackofram.html] - a definite must

    +Other Reading+
    Some of the below may be dated so read with reserve. The tools are handy but I would only use for specific troubleshooting. Don't suddenly run everything under the sun thinking it will cure everything. #1 is to back up before running any tool because some of them can do harm if you do the wrong thing.

    [Mac OS X speed FAQ|http://www.macmaps.com/Macosxspeed.html] - general reference on performance in various Mac models

    [Tips to optimize your Mac OS X experience|http://www.giantmike.com/speedX.html]

    [Mac Tune-up: 34 Software Speedups|http://www.macworld.com/article/49489/2006/02/softwarespeed.html]

    [52 Ways to Speed Up OS X|http://www.imafish.co.uk/articles/post/articles/130/52-ways-to-speed-up-os-x>

    [Tuning Mac OS X Performance|http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/performance.html]

    [11 Ways to Optimize Your Mac's Performance|http://lowendmac.com/eubanks/07/0312.html]

    [The Top 7 Free Utilities To Maintain A Mac.|http://mac360.com/index.php/mac360/comments/thetop_7_free_utilities_to_maintain_amac>

    [Mac OS X: System maintenance|http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=607640]

    [Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance|http://www.macattorney.com/ts.html#Anchor-31774]

    [Kappy's Personal Suggestions for OS X Maintenance|http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=8230024#8230024 ]
  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 (46,565 points)
    A low amount of RAM and an almost full hard drive can cause the slowness.

    How much RAM do you have and is all of it operational? What size hard drive do you have & how much free space?

     Cheers, Tom

  • calypso7 Level 1 (0 points)
    Odd, I am in the same situation, and this started about the time of last OS upgrade I think.
    I have never had problems before, but now it is painful sometimes the delay that occurs.
    I will be watching this with great interest. I have already run as many utilities as were freely available to me. No difference.
    Good Luck,