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iWork and iLife put my Macbook Pro in "turbo mode": How Can I keep it that way?!


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#1 of 9 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted August 13 2007 - 09:50 PM

When I first bought my Macbook Pro 5 months ago I was amazed
that bootup time was between 25-30 seconds which is pretty damn fast.

However, in the same way as a Windows bootup eventually slows
down on a PC, so did my Mac bootup. I would estimate that lately
it takes about 50-60 seconds to fully boot up (if not more).

Last week I installed both iLife and iWork on my Mac.
During the install process the software went into optimization mode
where it optimized my hard drive.

Now, my Macbook Pro boots up as fast as the day I bought it. I can't
believe how fast I can access my laptop. It really is like night and day.

So, the big question is, how do I make sure that my Macbook Pro
remains optimized? What did this software do that I can do on my own
to ensure that my laptop never slows down the way it had?

 

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#2 of 9 OFFLINE   Michael_K_Sr

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Posted August 14 2007 - 01:39 AM

You could use a copy of Alsoft's Disk Warrior to fix any disk fragmentation. It's a good piece of software to have on hand regardless, because it can bail you out if you ever suffer a catastrophic problem with the system directory.

#3 of 9 OFFLINE   ErichH

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Posted August 14 2007 - 05:16 AM

Michael beat me to it. Run Disk Warrior every week or so.
I think there's a special or newest rev for Book Pros - 41?
Check the site - http://www.alsoft.com/DiskWarrior/
Boot it - Run it - Be Happy

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#4 of 9 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted August 14 2007 - 06:14 AM

You reboot your MacBook Pro? You turn off your MacBook Pro? Posted Image



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I don't notice reboot times much since I rarely reboot now Posted Image I'll have to check out this utility; I quit the defragging game years ago in Windows, but I suppose it's good to run a disk util once in a while. edit... $100 for a disk utility? Gotta pass on that.

#5 of 9 OFFLINE   ErichH

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Posted August 14 2007 - 07:06 AM

Dave - you boot the CD, run the directory replacement and quit - restart is automatic. 15 minutes or so on a 500G drive.

#6 of 9 OFFLINE   Ken Chan

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Posted August 14 2007 - 08:56 AM

Did it actually say "Optimizing system performance"? That's actually doing a process called "prebinding", which makes apps load faster. It is not defragging. Supposedly, there is no need to manually do it any more, but if that is what happened and it did have such a noticeable effect, then to use a technical term, "something's up" Posted Image

Also, I rarely reboot my computers. Mac wake up from sleep very reliably.

#7 of 9 OFFLINE   Thomas Newton

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Posted August 15 2007 - 08:57 AM

I wouldn't think you'd need to mess around with "prebinding" a lot, but if you want to force another one, there is a way.

Bring up the Apple Tech Info Library article Apple - Mac OS X - Applications Don't Open After Quicktime 7.2 Update, and note the exact shell command that it talks about using in the Terminal window. (You should be able to skip the Mac OS X update reinstall, if you are not having the Rosetta / Quicktime issue the article talks about.)

Then whenever you want to force a prebinding, go into Terminal, run that command, wait for it to finish, and reboot.

(Hint: if you put the command into a text file, then chmod +x that file from inside the Terminal window, you can later run the command by typing something like ./my_prebind. Then you don't have to remember, or look up, the command line options.)

#8 of 9 OFFLINE   Thomas Newton

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Posted August 15 2007 - 09:03 AM

And the command is ...


#9 of 9 OFFLINE   ErichH

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Posted August 15 2007 - 11:54 AM

The optimize routine is common with most apple updates and ware installs. If you do a lot of downloading and trashing, directory replacement is a good idea. If not, a sleep state holds quite well. You can still get sluggish if you leave a lot in the trash and keep a heavy desktop. Basic Basic




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