The best way to make your Mac run faster is to add more RAM
(Random Access Memory) to your machine. Mac OS X needs a minimum of 2 gigabytes
of RAM to run smoothly, with 3 gigabytes recommended. Mac OS X is a modern Unix
based, graphic intensive operating system. Adding more RAM to your machine will
instantly speed up every operation on your Mac.
Remove unnecessary start-up applications from your
Mac “Log In” Items. To find out what applications are in your start-up items;
click on the “Apple Menu” and navigate to: Apple Menu > System Preferences
> Accounts > Login Items. To remove unnecessary or old start-up items,
click on the item name and then hit the “minus” button below the list. One word
of warning, make sure you know what you’re removing; or you may remove a
critical system or application function.
Remove any unnecessary “Dashboard Widgets,” as they can
consume both critical processor and RAM resources, even when you’re not viewing
them. Widgets that access the internet to update information are
especially RAM and resource hungry, as they are constantly preforming updates,
even when Dashboard is not active. To remove them, launch the “Dashboard Widget”
screen (F-12 on most Macs), and click the “+” button at the bottom-left of the
screen. Click the “x” sign next to the Widget to make it inactive.
Freeing up space on your hard drive will help your Mac run
faster. Your Mac uses a section of its hard drive as a “swap” or “virtual
memory” partition for memory usage, especially when you are viewing large media
and multimedia files. Keeping at least one-third of your hard drive free will
dramatically improve your Mac’s speed. Back-up your large files on an external
USB or Firewire drive and empty your trash often to see your Mac’s speed
Check and fix your Mac’s internal hard disk preferences at
least once a month. Launch your Apple Disk Utilities, located in:
Applications>Utilities>Disk Utilities. Double-click “Disk Utilities” to
launch the application, select your internal hard drive in the left-hand column
and click “Repair Permissions.” The permissions repair will take from 10-20
minutes, depending on the size of your hard drive.
Only launch as many applications as you need at one time. The
more applications you have running at the same time, the more RAM and system
resources those applications will consume. You will notice that as more
applications are running, your Mac will behave in a more sluggish manner. Give
your RAM and processor some breathing room, only launch the applications you
need and quit the ones you’re not using before you launch more active
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