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OSX guys.. help me out.

i have an imac G5 that ran great when i first got it.. but now it is very sluggish in everthing i do. i got it back in 04, and it has had countless files and programs added to it and taken away from it scince then. now i know mac is different. i know it wont be viruses and all that other human waste. but im thinking maybe the hard drive needs a de-frag or the registry cleaned. it is so slow that it often has to do the macs version of the hourgalss on the mouse just to load the little hand that appears when you are going to click on a link.to it's also very much slower than it used to be in pretty much every aspect. but it still functions just fine.. if you dont mind sitting there waiting on it. are there any system tools on osx 10.3.4 (or whatever the version is) that can help me out? i really dont want to have to pay any money for something like this if i can avoid it at all.

now being an XP guy i think of things like a disk defrag or even disk cleanup or registry cleaner. but mac is not what i know so im kinda at a loss.

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The easiest thing to do and should be done once a week and whenever you add software is to do a permissions repair. You'll find it in Utilities / Disk utility. It will fix a lot of strange problems. For some reason, macs seem to get their permissions screwed up a lot.

As far as defrag goes, you can't really do a defrag on a mac unless you have an extra utility. Apple's site says defraging may not help and may actually hurt. Whenever you install an update and the screen says it is "optimizing the hard drive", it is actually defraging or compressing.
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thanks a lot man that helped out. but i was also wondering.. is there any way to see what resources are being used in real time like on xp?

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You should also try using Tiger Cache Cleaner (assuming your using OSX Tiger)

You can see your resource usage by checking the Activity Monitor in Applications > Utilities.

Also, there are several Widgets that monitor resource usage. You can find several here:
http://www.apple.com/downloads/macos...isk_utilities/
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defragmenting isnt need on most if not all Unix based OS's that i can think of because they use smart file systems. NTFS is so far out of date its hilarious. The file system knows the best place to put a file, and if its not contiguous its not going to mess up the file system by moving it to 16 different places on the disk unlike NTFS.

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thanks a lot man that helped out. but i was also wondering.. is there any way to see what resources are being used in real time like on xp?
Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor

And for the other problems, if permission repair didn't fix it, you might get the install disc out, and try an archive & install. Or back up anything you need, and do a clean install if you want to be 100% sure you're working froma clean slate

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i thought i'd go ahead and update this thread. the thing worked for a couple days, but then the computer went back to its old very-slow-at-everything self. is it possible that i just have to much stuff on there? i got thousands of pictures taken by my digital camera. i probly got close to a thousand songs that i have downloaded. i have always been told that macs are faster than PC's, and remain that way. that they have safe guards against this kind of stuff. i could expect this from any 3 year old PC, but then again i could easily fix it were it on a PC. the computer is a lil older, but its still one of those newer osx based monitor and computer all in one deals. i already forgot what its called. any new thoughts from the OSX guys here? i would really like to avoid a complete wipe if i can.

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How much space does your hard drive have free? Open up any finder window (like just double click the macintosh hd) and in the bottom of the window it will tell you. If you have about less than 10% of your drive free then you have to much on your drive. If that is not the issue you need to pop in the restore disc 1 that came with your system to do an Archive and Install of the OS. That will take care of it. Mac OS X does not have a registry and it optimizes the system (defrags) after everything you install so you don't have to worry about those.

Let me know on the space issue then I can help you Archive and Install the OS
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Applications > Utilities > Activity Monitor

And for the other problems, if permission repair didn't fix it, you might get the install disc out, and try an archive & install. Or back up anything you need, and do a clean install if you want to be 100% sure you're working froma clean slate
At the risk of sounding like a complete idiot (main reason I got a mac ) how exactly do you "back up anything you need"?
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At the risk of sounding like a complete idiot (main reason I got a mac ) how exactly do you "back up anything you need"?
Carbon Copy Cloner (free).

Buy a second hard drive, insert it, run carbon copy cloner. It takes maybe 10 minutes to create an exact copy of your hard drive. If the primary one fails, you can boot up off the 2nd one and run from it. It can't be any simpler
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There's also SuperDuper: http://www.shirt-pocket.com/SuperDup...scription.html

The free version will do a full backup of your system, but will wipe the drive you backup to (so don't use an external drive that you have info stored on, get a new one).

I've never tried Carbon Copy Cloner, but I would imagine it would do the same. http://www.bombich.com/software/ccc.html

Then there's always Leopard with Time Machine.

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easy solution=linux

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