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3 questions: my 2005 powerbook G4 is slow and

4 questions inspired by the slow and loud performance of my 2005 powerbook G4
1) is there any maintenance i should be doing?
2) are older editions of itunes, adobe, not removed after updates - could that be it?
3) what type of memory do i buy for a powerbook G4-if it is a memory issue?
4) i'm honestly (just btwn us, shhh) considering returning to pc desktop -i'm a working student and can't afford a powerful mac and am disappointed with this limitations of this one. any suggestions? which pcs are worth looking at? are there better brands than others? dell v. sony etc. or is it all pretty much the same? what features should i look for. i don't do any music mixing or films anything - mainly research and writing.

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If you want to do some maintenance there are some free utilities you can download such as Onyx. Others that I remember then name of but are shareware are MainMenu and Cocktail. If you want to spend a little more then get DriveGenius.
However the problem here is that you were not convinced by your mac, you dont love it. If you loved it you would not be considering the hassle and virus-ridden pain on Windows no matter what. Have you considered a Macbook 13"? Trust me, Apple has never made a cheap computer, only a good computer. Your existing mac probably seems slower because you see your friends with recent Windows laptops and you get jealous.
I call it the Comparison Effect. Go to an Apple store and have a play with a Macbook, see how snappy it is.

Answer 2) Updaters overwrite old versions with new in general but maybe your hard disk is getting full.
3) Is it worth spending money on such an old mac? But yes, more memory will help. Check what model you have on

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I owned a Powerbook G4 for about six years and began to experience some the same poor performance issues near the ed of its run. I recommend opening it up and using a can of compressed air to clean out all the dust. This will keep it running a bit cooler. The next thing I did was up my memory from 512mb to 1Gb (you can buy DDR2 RAM for about $40-60 on newegg). As for the OS, I ditched Tiger and did a clean install of Leopard. All these things helped immensely.

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About the maintenance, I'm pretty sure you can bring your G4 into an Apple store and they'll clean it out for you, but that may not be true. Now, a lot of times if your Computer is running slow, even if you think you aren't running very many applications, there may be a lot of background processes running that will slow it down. To stop a lot of useless background processes start up Activity Monitor in Applications/Utilities/, now change my processes to all processes, now be very very careful not to stop anything that could be a part of the mac os, just stop things that have the name of an application you downloaded or something. You can also stop applications from starting up at login, go to system preferences and click accounts, then click login items and uncheck the applications that you don't want starting up at login. Also go to Macintosh HD > Library > StartupItems, and delete all the unnecessary items. Now, boosting your memory might speed things up a bit too, but it really won't make to much of a difference, and it's kinda pricey.
If none of this helps, maybe it is time to get a new comp, for a student, I would recommend the Dell studio. Also make sure you get a comp with Windows 7 NOT Vista or at least a free upgrade to Win 7, also if your comp doesn't come with microsoft office, don't spend money on it, just download open office for free, I love it, it's so close to microsoft office, it's insane.
Hope this helps!

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