3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 31, 2011 7:09 PM by BDAqua
AerinC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
When I go into Activity Monitor and click on "All Processes", I have anywhere from 50-62 processes going on. A friend told me this was far too many, but she uses a different operating system than I do.

I have a 10.4.11 OS on a Macbook that I bought in January of 2007.

My computer overheats fairly easily, so I'm not sure if there is a problem here. It has typically maintained a number of around 60-62, but when I restart it, the numbers drop to a 56 or so and slowly rebuild. I recently downloaded Sophos, an antivirus program, which takes up 4 processes (don't know if that's normal).

Is this a typical number of processes (these are the numbers when I have no main programs, like Safari/Microsoft Office/itunes/other open), or do I need to do some kind of cleaning? And if I do need cleaning, what should I do?

Macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,115 points)
    Sophos is a real problem here, but on a PPC G5 PowerMac, so I never installed it on anything else.

    My eMac/1.42/2G/10.5.8 has about 60 to 70 Processes showing, can check 10.4.11 tomorrow if you wish, but while it depends on so many factors, I don't consider yours abnormal at all.

    do I need to do some kind of cleaning? And if I do need cleaning, what should I do?

    If anything, At this point I think you should get Applejack...


    After installing, reboot holding down CMD+s, (+s), then when the DOS like prompt shows, type in...

    applejack AUTO

    Then let it do all 6 of it's things.

    At least it'll eliminate some questions if it doesn't fix it.

    The 6 things it does are...

    Correct any Disk problems.
    Repair Permissions.
    Clear out Cache Files.
    Repair/check several plist files.
    Dump the VM files for a fresh start.
    Trash old Log files.

    First reboot will be slower, sometimes 2 or 3 restarts will be required for full benefit... my guess is files relying upon other files relying upon other files!
  • AerinC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you!

    I did have one question though.

    When it says it will clean up old log files, will I lose my amsn conversation logs? They're .log files that open with "Console". I could back them up, but I'd rather not lose them.
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,115 points)
    I'd back them up to be safe, not familiar with them.