How come my friends powerbook opens programs so much faster than mine?

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  1. Kirk Hinrich

    Kirk Hinrich New Member

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    My friend just got a 15 in ch pb. Mine pb is two months old, and the specs of both pbs are the same (1.5 ghz, 512 mb ram). I was playing around with the 15 inch pb last night and noticed that it opened programs significantly faster than mine. I had both of em next to each other, and opened different programs at the same time and the 15 inch was almsot twice as fast. I don't understand why. I thought maybe because she has 60 free gigs of hd space on the 15 inch, however I have almost 20 free and that should be more than enough virtual memory. What might be slowing my comp down? Is it just that I have more programs installed? I don't have to many, just the basics as well as office, limewire and bitorrent.
     
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    colosodian Next Gen

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    maybe it has a 5400rpm drive and you have a 4200rpm

    that would make a difference
     
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    maybe you need to defrag or something?
     
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    you have bittorents running at the time? Azureus takes up a ton of memory on my comp.
     
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    how do I defrag
     
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    OS X defrags on the fly, so you really don't need to worry about doing that. However, the speed of the hard drive like someone else mentioned (4200 vs 5400) can have a significant impact. Also, make sure your powerbook is set to max performance under energy saver options.
     
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    --speed of HD
    --amount of ram available
    --# of widgets running for Dashboard (their running even while dashboard isn't on the screen)
     
  8. Kirk Hinrich

    Kirk Hinrich New Member

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    sweet thanks for all your help guys.

    I changed the performance thing to max, and that made a huge difference, I also got rid of pointless widgets (the only ones I look at are the temp monitor and the system monitor)
     

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