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MY MAC LAPTOP IS RUNNING KIND OF SLOW- I DO NOT KNOW HOW TO CLEAN

IT UP AND GET RID OF STUFF THAT I DON'T WANT OR NEED
- ANY IDEAS NOT TOO AWFULLY TECHNICAL
MANY THANKS CAROLINA CLARE

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  • ccryder Jan 26, 2009

    Hi rewemrevnivek,
    I will try your suggestions.. rather than adding more RAM, ideally I would prefer to get rid of all the stuff that I have downloaded these last 5 years- does that make sense? It's mostly word data, but there are also a bunch UTubes, funny pet videos, scads of photos in IBook, ditt  music in ITunes. I don't know what kind of stuff takes up the most space..I also have filemaker pro that I don't use. I don't need a slow racehorse, if I could have a speedy donkey
    thanks
    ccryder

  • reemrevnivek May 11, 2010

    Do you want to upgrade it? Adding more RAM memory is a slightly technical process (depends on the computer) that can work wonders. If you've got several applications open at the same time, you may want to consider that option.

    One thing you can do that might help you make it run faster right now is to open the Activity Monitor (cmd-Space, type "Activity Monitor"), and in the dropdown at the top, choose "my processes" and look for any processes that shouldn't be running. For example, look for a printer which is trying to print a document, and has been-but you've unplugged the printer, or an old widget that you don't need. Any process (like an email notifier, or Growl) which depends on running constantly will slightly slow down your computer, and you can get a slight speed boost by quitting them and checking yourself instead.

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Well, generally speaking there are a number of reasons that may causing a Mac computer running slow, but commonly two factors: hardware part & system part. For hardware part: I guess it's OK if your Mac is not that old. For system part: there might be a lot of junk files, caches, registry errors... out there which largely slow down any Mac machines. about 80% slow Mac caused by this reason, if so, try cleaning the system from: http://www.howtospeedupmac.com/

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    So many apps are useless that keep promising about a proper examination of disk drives. They do nothing. Try Tweak and Tuneup. It worked for me. Hopefully it works for you too.

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Adding More Ram will do your Computer better oin the Long Run!

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OK!If you just want to get rid of files, I'd suggest downloading Disk Inventory X. It's a freeware program that shows you all the files on your computer at a glance in an organized fashion. You might be surprised how much space those YouTube videos are taking up!

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