Nobody likes to see the beach ball of death, the spinning wheel, or the rainbow wheel. Whatever name you want to call it, you won't like seeing this symbol of a sluggish device. I'm pretty sure, you'd rather work with a super fast Mac. Regarding this, I want to assure you—there are many ways to speed up your mac. You may also try the ones below.
Anyway, while working and you see the dreaded wheel, it means there's stalling going on somewhere in your gadget. No good for your Mac, bad for your work, and you're wasting precious time, too. Fortunately, there are ways, several, actually, to clean up your old Mac and make it run fast like a wild animal again.
Here are ways you can revive an old Mac, make it feel young, and speedy once more.
#1. Review your starting lineup! (Make necessary changes) Every time you turn on your Mac, a load of programs will be activated as your device boots up. This bogs down your system resources, causing your Mac to boot up in a much slower pace. To address this problem, check your starting lineup, go to System Preferences–>Users & Groups–>Login Items then give the items a fast scan.
Check your startup items: review the line up. If there are programs you don't need that are hogging system resources, deselect them. They slow down your Mac during the startup process.
In case you're the installer type of an online surfer, what I mean is, you install many programs while browsing, there's a big chance that you accumulate lots of login startup items which are not needed at all. Deselect the ones you don't need.
No worries, you're not uninstalling any items by deselecting them. You're just informing your Mac that you don't need these programs to be activated each time you boot up.
After deselecting the ones you don't need, restart your Mac in order to activate the changes. Once this step is done, there's a big probability your Mac boots up with a much desirable speed!
#2. Tidy up your hard drive Your gadget needs breathing space to function well. Go to About this Mac > More Info > Storage to check how many GB are free and to access a color-coded picture of the files using the most space. (A free utility like Disk Inventory X is a second option.) Find out what are the prime culprits. Is it audio, photos, movies, or apps, then decide where to go from there.
Lastly, under About this Mac > Overview, there's a Software Update button. It doesn't hurt to double or triple check if you're up to date. Then monitor again when you have time.
3. Check Your Activity Monitor At times you wouldn't know what's bugging your Mac's memory and slowing down the whole system in the process. During these times, Apple's Activity Monitor shines like a Rock Star. Use it and you'll see the virtual memory usage, CPU usage, and Random Access Memory (RAM) from the monitor. The info will greatly help the Mac user—you, in optimizing your device.
Add to that, this activity monitor shows everything with complete details regarding all the apps you're currently using. You'll know how much each application is using CPU power, both virtual and real memory. I strongly suggest you ditch those consuming large amount of resources in your system. Then your mac can fly like Neo of the Matrix again. If you need more knowledge regarding the Activity Monitor, read up comprehensively on this guide.
If picture files are part of the problem, transfer old photos onto USB or better yet external hard drive, or burn them to a disk. Another helpful tactic is visiting your iPhoto's trash. Just because you deleted a few pics from iPhoto doesn't mean they're completely gone. In case you don't know, the application has its own bin which needs to be cleared; who knows, you might discover a thousand images waiting for purging right from your hard drive.
Upon noticing there's a spike when using certain applications, you can deduct that these are the ones that are throwing away memory and making your system act sluggish as a snail. This way, you can choose to minimize using these applications. Another way is you can also make room or add up some memory too. Talking about adding space, you can close down other apps when you will use the ones we're referring to.
#4. Upgrade your Machine (RAM Upgrade) If the software routes mentioned don't create the desired increase in your Mac's speed, it might be a good piece of advice to make way for a hardware upgrade. One thing you can do, and one of the most affordable ways is to carry out a RAM upgrade. RAM, (you know it already, but just to be sure) short for random access memory, is a chip that teams up closely with your processor, to execute the various tasks you assign your Mac. In case your Mac has just 1GB of RAM presently, it can work 2 times faster when you upgrade to 2GB or if you want better results, upgrade to 4GB of RAM.
It actually depends on the type of Mac you have now, only a specific type of upgrade may be possible. To properly evaluate a potential upgrade, consult a hardware expert who's an expert in Mac upgrades. An alternative is calling Apple's customer service team to help you find out how to execute an upgrade. In fact, if you know the exact RAM chip to purchase, you can do the upgrading yourself. Just make sure you check which RAM chip to use, and check everything you need to study thoroughly, prior to begin moving things out of the Mac's motherboard.
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