Many many reasons may be causing your Mac computer running
slow, but generally 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. Learn more from:
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Re: Mac G4 Running Slow
OSX uses HFS+ formatting system that automatically defrags as you add and remove data, so thats not your problem.
Reasons for OSX to slow down...
The hard drive is totally full, and you will be getting continual warnings. Either backup and delete, or get a bigger drive.
Too many fonts. this slows your PC down ALOT, especially at startup.
You need to reset the PRAM & NVRAM (see here: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1379)
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The PowerBook G4 line was the last generation of the PowerBook series, and was succeeded by the Intel-powered MacBook Pro line in the first half of 2006. The latest version of OS X any PowerBook G4 can run is Mac OS X Leopard, released in 2007.[ Your computer is too old.
The PowerBook G4 line was the last generation of the PowerBook series, and was succeeded by the Intel-powered MacBook Pro line in the first half of 2006. The latest version of OS X any PowerBook G4 can run is Mac OS X Leopard, released in 2007.[
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 http://www.everymac.com
If your Firelite SmartDisk was formatted for a PC, and you are using the Mac side of the G4 it won't. They use a different format scheme. Need to load Parallel, bootcamp, or another virtual PC program, and then Windows. Using that it will recognize it.
If you know another Mac user that is using both sides (Mac and Virtual PC) is a quick way to retrieve data to move it. Be careful reformatting the FireLite. There are some more complex ways. Hope that this helps.
PS: I use a 160GB FireLite on my G4, MacBook Pro as well as my Tower and notebook PCs.
Sorry, but the G4 and G5 desktops have chipsets released prior to the Intel agreement allowing pc's with CoreDuo and Macs with DualCore chips to exchange data, even though Virtual PC for G3 through G5 chipsets did work in running MS OS's prior to Vista, including XP, on mac platforms.
Now, if this helps, you might be able to secure an older version of Virtual PC, since your version works on current Macs and PCs with Vista, to run XP on your G4 and G5.
PowerBook G4 is at least a five-year-old machine at this point. A DVD drive can **** in lots of dust in five years. Try hooking up to an external DVD drive. If it plays the same discs with no problem, you need a cleaning or replacement. Frankly, an external DVD drive is cheaper than replacing your internal drive.