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PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2006 10:48 pm    Post subject: Friend's ibook Reply with quote

Hey, my friend has a white g4 ibook 12 inch.

The thing is that she's coming over this weekend. Her ibook has been running very slowly, and I need to tune it up for her. I'm planning on downloading Camino for her, and of course cleaning up her HD. Repairing permissions as well.

Anything else to run it like new?
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 1:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can't go wrong with more memory! Wink
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Download Cocktail for her so she can easily keep thing clean on her own.

I guess the first thing to do is identify why it is running slow and go from there. If it is user related you can teach her what to do, or not do.
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cocktail any different to MacJanitor?
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tenex wrote:
Cocktail any different to MacJanitor?


Probably very similar. I haven't tried it. However, I did just try onyX which is freeware and rated very well. It is very full featured for freeware, I'd recommend it over Cocktail based on the fact that it is freeware.
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 3:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember I read about onyX on Ars - the debate was wheteher it was too powerful for a novice so I didn't bother looking at it. I'm not so green now so thanks for reminding me I'll have a look.
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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One vote for Onyx--free and does the job well.

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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use onyx too, it's great apart from one thing. the option to not create .DS_Store files over a network won't work. not a problem for me at home but a bit of a nightmare for work where I have to transfer many pdf files between the pc and macs every day. Confused
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 2:27 am    Post subject: just wondering Reply with quote

do Macs have a hidden file filled with past deleted items that stores them until it's been so long or the file is too big? I believe it's the recycler folders in Windows and it's hidden.
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PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2006 2:40 am    Post subject: just wondering Reply with quote

do Macs have a hidden file filled with past deleted items that stores them until it's been so long or the file is too big? I believe it's the recycler folders in Windows and it's hidden, or the internet downloads temp files that I clean out once a week to gain some HDD space.
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 7:56 am    Post subject: use terminal Reply with quote

Tenex wrote:
Cocktail any different to MacJanitor?


open terminal and type in:

sudo periodic weekly
enter password when prompted,
go away and put kettle on,
when you get terminal prompt back type "exit" and then File/Quit
When you restart it may take a wee bit longer to boot and spotlight will probably want to rebuild its database.
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 10:58 am    Post subject: Re: just wondering Reply with quote

dungeon92 wrote:
do Macs have a hidden file filled with past deleted items that stores them until it's been so long or the file is too big? I believe it's the recycler folders in Windows and it's hidden, or the internet downloads temp files that I clean out once a week to gain some HDD space.


There is a trashcan that's in the dock, but besides that, I don't think it does. Once you delete a file, it's inaccessible by OS X, though there are recovery tools out there. It's the same premise as the recycling bin in Windows, though I don't know how that is implemented.

Also, you should check out Maintenance. It's all the rave and does a bunch of stuff.

My question is what do you people do to your Macs where you actually need to run all this maintenance crap all the time?
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 12:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That script looks cool--I'm going to have to check it out.

I think nearly all of the maintenance I do is out of habits formed when using Windows. I was constantly running spyware checkers, Norton this-and-that, and the like.

And I still get irrationally nervous when I'm not proactive about fixing something even if there's nothing to repair. So I run Onyx every now and then, and it's harmless and I feel a sense of accomplishment.

Razz

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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

picaman wrote:
So I run Onyx every now and then, and it's harmless and I feel a sense of accomplishment.

Razz

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Now there's something an "Automator" guru could tie into iCal for us Wink
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PostPosted: Wed May 31, 2006 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But then I wouldn't get the satisfaction of clicking the button.

Razz Wink

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