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Offline TylerDurden

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Help needed re Mac
« on: March 03, 2013, 07:46:18 am »
Well, I am currently saddled with a Mac (OSX 4.1.1?) which is six or seven years old or more. My current problem is that my Internet times are a bit slow and that youtube videos won't load. I admit I have too little RAM(512 MB) but I was wondering what other options I have. I have already tried pulling out all plus from the Mac and from the modem. Doing so has allowed me to temporarily speed up this Mac and  to use youtube properly for about 10 minutes before the problem resurfaces. Any ideas welcome. Bear in mind, though, that this Mac is a crappy monitor-Mac so can't have extra RAM added to it.

Surprisingly, the  website that I can easily access more than any other is rawpaleoforum. I wonder why that is.
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Re: Help needed re Mac
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2013, 08:25:27 am »
probably because the site is so basic, no flash advertisements etc...
i have had to can computers before because the flash programs and streaming were just too much for the system to handle
sorry thats more of an anecdote then help :0, hope you find a good solution tyler!

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Re: Help needed re Mac
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2013, 09:27:40 am »
Clear off the desktop and put all those extra programs and files in the hard drive or an extra folder or two.
Click on hard drive, then on applications, then on utilities. First check out the activity monitor. This program will tell you how much ram each running program is eating up.  Check out "kernel_task". This funky program is the master program for all other programs on Mac. Any program you open on OS automatically opens a shadow program on kernel_task that decodes the programming so that you can use it. The problem comes in when you open various programs and then later close them, the shadow program is still running on kernel_task. Kernel_task can become quite a beast, using up to 10% of the ram or more. The only way to fix this is to restart your computer and not start running any more programs than absolutely necessary.

Then go back to utilities and try "disk utility". Select the top icon above MacHD. Click repair disk utilities. Go find some tough meat to chew on while you wait.

that's the best I got, both those things have a good chance of helping, though may not do the trick.

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Re: Help needed re Mac
« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2013, 10:54:40 am »
Maybe try running Linux instead of Mac OS.  That might be a little faster. Not much, probably, but a little.

 

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