6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 19, 2007 7:41 AM by Liz Denton
BitterFame Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a powerbook g4, 15 inch, and though i've got quite a few programs on it, i'd like it to run faster. I do alot of video editing and photoshop work. any ideas on how to get my baby speeding along?

Powerbook G4 15-inch Aluminum, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,780 points)
    It would probably help if you described your powerbook in more detail, i.e., how much ram, size of hard drive, how much space left on hard drive, which powerbook model (cpu), etc, etc... What maintenance procedures do you do?
  • BitterFame Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    1.5 Ghz processor PowerPC G4, 768 Mb RAM, 80 Gb harddrive with 7.05 Gb left. I run disk utility.
  • joeuu Level 5 Level 5 (5,075 points)
    Where sig was going, and you probably realized by answering his questions, is that you need to free up some hard disk space.

    Joe
  • Calum Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
    Although if you're doing "a lot" of video editing and Photoshop, you really ought to investigate more RAM, and maybe a new 7200rpm internal hard drive, too. Both of those should speed things up noticeably,
  • lenn5 Level 4 Level 4 (2,530 points)
    Like the others have said more ram is a must when working with big files like video. Also, any idea how fast your harddrive is? 4200rpm or 5400? If it's a 4200rpm then even going up to a new 5400rpm drive will make a big difference. I really like this drive. http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Seagate/ST980815A/
    Very fast and quiet and doesn't use as much battery power as 7200rpm dives.

    lenn
  • Liz Denton Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I have a powerbook g4, 15 inch, and though i've got
    quite a few programs on it, i'd like it to run
    faster. I do alot of video editing and photoshop
    work. any ideas on how to get my baby speeding along?


    This probably doesn't affect many people but my PowerBook was so slow I was sure there was a major problem. At one time I had Norton on my Powerbook and thought I had erased it.
    On a hunch I went searching for anything containing Norton or Symantec and found all sorts of sneaky bits and pieces. I removed them and the improvement in speed was quite remarkable especially Photoshop CS2.

    PowerBook G4 1.5 GHz and 1.25 GB RAM   Mac OS X (10.4.9)