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My Mac is about 4 years old now and running a little slower. I'm wondering there is any "at-home", simple tune ups I can do to help it run as fast as it used to. Or should I think about just taking it in to the Apple store and having them do it? Just looking for advice :)

I have a Mac OS X Version 10.4.11
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Install Windows XP..... ;)
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I won't pitch Windows as that's not what you're here for ;)

How much RAM do you have if 1GB this could be affecting performance. Double or max it out.

HDD performace and file system health is another area. Use Disk Repair to verify your drive and repair permissions.  If the hdd is a 5400rpm drive, replace it with a 7200rpm unit.

Lastly, 10.4.x is no longer being actively developed by Apple and the next OS that your computer may support relatively safely is 10.5. OS 10.5 would be required for CS4 and if you have a PPC and not an Intel processor, CS4 is not supported.

All in all, I would probably recommend an upgrade to a newer Mac, depending on your needs.

PS, I like Windows and run Windows as well as a Mac so certainly no bias here..
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Make sure that you have at least 10% free space on your hard drive. If your hard drive is nearly full, this will slow things to a crawl.
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by:dm4creavil
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I would take a look at the RAM and change the hard drive with a faster one ;-)
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by:EG777
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If you want tune up your Mac without spending any money.
• Reinstall OS and created new user account.


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