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Dr. Mac's quick and dirty OSX Speed tips

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Wickedkitten    11

Try these to make OSX run faster

I get a lot of mail asking why OS X is so slow, or how to speed it up. Here's a quick and dirty list of things that I've found can make OS X feel faster (or even make it run faster):

1. Use Thousands of colors (instead of Millions). Use the Displays preference pane or the Displays system menu.

2. Reduce the resolution of your display (not as useful for flat-panels but if you have a CRT monitor, give it a shot). Use the Displays preference pane or the Displays system menu.

3. Use the Scale or Suck minimization instead of the CPU-cycle-sucking Genie. Use the Dock preference pane or TinkerTool (http://www.bresink.de/osx/).

4. Kill those beautiful-but-CPU-thrashing drop shadows with ShadowKiller (http://www.unsanity.com/haxies/shadowkiller/).

5. Set the Mouse preference to its fastest setting in the Mouse preference pane.

6. Use font smoothing sparingly. Set it to 12 points and under. Use the General preference pane for this, or use TinkerTool (http://www.bresink.de/osx/) to turn smoothing off completely.

7. If you use Classic, turn off all unneeded extensions and control panels using Extensions Manager.

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Kanecorp    0

so basically make your computer ugly and it will go fast.

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Advocate    0
Originally posted by Kanecorp

so basically make your computer ugly and it will go fast.

rofl

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Kanecorp    0
Originally posted by Wickedkitten

5. Set the Mouse preference to its fastest setting in the Mouse preference pane.

that doesn't really make the computer go faster..i guess it would seem faster if the mouse moves a little faster though?:ermm:

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Groovedude    6

lmao.....

I dont have Osx Sniff sniff

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Wickedkitten    11
Originally posted by Kanecorp

so basically make your computer ugly and it will go fast.

weren't you the one complaining cos your 800 mhz imac went slow?

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kairon    0

Damn this is when i wish you could pirate hardware and download computers....:pirate:

Neat guide, i've always thought older macs still flew on OS X

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