Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2013 12:27 PM (in response to BjarneL)
Should it be defragmented?
No. X does the auomatically.
Some semi-randomn thoughts on addressing performance problems.
Look at what is happening with your Mac when you run Activity Monitor.
Macintosh-HD -> Applications -> Utilities -> Activity Monitor
Click on the CPU tab on the lower half of the window. Make sure the little triangle is pointed down. Make the triangle point down by clicking.
With the down pointed triangle, you will see the apps which are using the most of the processor.
You can gain some understanding of Activity Monitor by looking at it every once in a while. Look at the small graph.
Here is how I have my cpu display set up:
"AppleJack is a user friendly troubleshooting assistant for Mac OS X. With AppleJack you can troubleshoot a computer even if you can't load the GUI, or don't have a startup CD handy. AppleJack runs in Single User Mode and is menu-based for ease of use."
You can use the console application to examine Mac OS log files. The logs will contain information on various system processes.
Macintosh-HD -> Applications -> Utilities -> Console
File > open console log
this will display the startup messages
file > open system log
once the system is started, messages will go into the system log
bdaqua advises running disk utility from install disk and performing a safe boot:
Allan Jones advises running automatic maintenance scripts and checking for free disk space:
K Shaffer advises checking for available RAM and checking for free disk space:
Run activity monitor.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 5, 2013 3:01 PM (in response to BjarneL)
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