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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 12:33 am    Post subject: Slow mini Reply with quote

Hi there, As a life time of PC user, I came upon a killer deal on a 1.66 core duo mini. It was a demo model at compusa. I don't know if it's because it was a demo model and customers messed it up. But, compared to my toshiba laptop its very very slow. For example, I installed Office 04 and it takes about 50 /60 seconds to open a word doc. Other apps are just as slow. I also find that sometimes I can type faster than the system can keep up. Is this normal performance? is there anything I can do to speed this thing up?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 1:19 am    Post subject: Re: Slow mini Reply with quote

algie1100 wrote:
Is this normal performance? is there anything I can do to speed this thing up? l


Upgrade to 2GB of RAM and you'll be amazed at the increase in performance. Even going to 1Gb will be significant. Out of the box with only 512MB it's pretty slow at everything.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 2:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would also do a clean install of OS X. It's possible that something was corrupted or deleted while it was on display.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you do decide top reinstall do a custom reinstall and save about 10Gb of HDD. Before you do that try repairing permisiions from Disk Utility.

Depending on the state it was left in get hold of Onyx and give it a thorough service.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the suggestions. I did reinstall the OS, but I didn't reformat the HD during the process. I'll give that a try. If I do a custom install, what should I leave off?
Regarding RAM, do they require matched pairs? Can I add just a one gig stick?

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You should not need 2gb of ram to use word! however it is running through rosetta and the only way I've found of improving performance there is by throwing more ram at it.

Are your native intel apps running slowly as well? If not then it is most likely a rosetta issue.

You don't have to use ram in matched pairs (in my macbook i have 1x256mb and 1x1gb modules) but they perform about 5% better if they match. I bought my 1gb stick because in the long run it will cost me less to upgrade to 2gb than if I had gone the matched ram route.

sorry for the essay, hope it helps Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2006 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

algie1100 wrote:
Thanks for the suggestions. I did reinstall the OS, but I didn't reformat the HD during the process. I'll give that a try. If I do a custom install, what should I leave off?

You can dump all the additional languages and printers etc.

Adding a 1Gb stick is the best way to go if you intend to go to 2Gb eventually.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the great replys. I downloaded and ran the ONYX utility and that made a huge difference. Is't running way faster now.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2006 2:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

algie1100 wrote:
Thanks for all the great replys. I downloaded and ran the ONYX utility and that made a huge difference. Is't running way faster now.

Thanks
Al

Happy to help, run Onyx 1-2 a week to keep it in good condition.
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