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My mac mini seems to have slowed down

 
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lot41
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:12 pm    Post subject: My mac mini seems to have slowed down Reply with quote

I have a mini that is about 3 years old but lately I am getting the spinning ball a lot. I almost never download anything and just use it to look at the net and do business stuff, printing and so on. Is there some kind of maintenance I am supposed to be doing to keep thing running smooth?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What version of OS X is it?
What model mini is it (Processor)?
How much memory is in it?

(All this can be found under the Apple Menu: About this Mac...)
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OnyX is free and great for maintenance.

Just make sure you back up before running it.
Make sure you download the version that is compatible with your operating system.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mooblie wrote:
What version of OS X is it?
What model mini is it (Processor)?
How much memory is in it?

(All this can be found under the Apple Menu: About this Mac...)


it says
166 core due
1 GB 667 mhz ddr2 sdram

My main curiosity is, this is a recent thing, it usually has runs fine.

Is there something I need to do like empty something or run some kind of program?

Even this computer does really run fine I think I will get a new one soon anyway. I would feel comfortable with two since I do depend on my computer so much.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lot41 wrote:
Is there something I need to do like empty something or run some kind of program?


See OnyX post above.

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/11582/onyx

Just select all the boxes under the automation tab and let it do it's thing.
Just like in the screen shot, but check all the boxes (unless there is something you know you want to keep).
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If as you say, this is a recent thing, maybe check and see how much free HDD space you have left.
These computers will slow to a snails pace if they do not have the necessary free space to juggle files in.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure you can put 4GB of RAM in that mini - which will help speed it up a LOT.

(Doesn't account for a sudden recent slow-down though, unless you had maybe a system update about that time?)
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