MAC OSX 10.3.9 Internet/System Very Slow

Posted on 2011-09-14
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I have a MAC computer in a business enviroment.
FireFox was crashing so I installed Camino browser. A version that is compatible with 10.3.9
But The internet is very slow, even on safari and firefox

What steps/Guidelines can i take to do some house cleaning to speed the system up?
and speed up the web browsing. This is a new browser. so theres nothing in the cache.
Is there a tool like ccleaner for windows?

I am newbie with macs.

Question by:mrbrain646
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Expert Comment

ID: 36542094
My first suggestion would be to repair permissions and verify disk. Go to Applications>Utlilities> Disk Utility and highlight your hard drive.  Then select repair permissions at the bottom of the window.  Follow this with a verify disk (bottom right of the same window.)

My second would be to check out the amount of RAM in the system and upgrade to 1 GB of memory.

Author Comment

ID: 36546784
i did a repair permissions it helped alittle bit but i wasnt able to  a verify disk. It was greyed out
I tried running repair from safe book holding down the shift key and its still greyed out

how can i run the verify disk?

Expert Comment

ID: 36546948
If you have the install disk, boot from the disk.  Insert the disk and restart while holding down the C key.  This will take longer than a normal boot.  When it finishes booting, choose disk utility from the menu at the top of your screen.  (You may have to go through the "Choose a language" screen.)  

Since you booted from the disk, you should be able to do both a "Verify Disk" and a "Repair Disk" if it's necessary.

When you're finished, remove the disk and restart normally from the hard drive.

Good luck!
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Expert Comment

ID: 36551085
Please pull down "about this mac" under the apple menu and report the processor and RAM. Please also advise how much free space is on the startup disk and the model of the mac.

Author Comment

ID: 36551165
I dont have the install disk for that OS. can i use newer versions of the OSX disc 10.5 to boot to fix?
or does it have to match the exact OS version?


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ID: 36551172
nxnw:Please pull down "about this mac" under the apple menu and report the processor and RAM. Please also advise how much free space is on the startup disk and the model of the mac.

its a powerpc mac 1.6ghz cpu
2Gb of ram
15GB free of disk space
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ID: 36551386
It sounds like your computer is a last generation powermac or G5 iMac, so 10.5 will boot it, to do a disk repair. Given the age of the OS, I was wondering if it might also be a very old machine, which might explain the speed. It isn't that old, and should be functioning adequately.

If you want to delete caches, etc, get Onyx. You might also try downloading the OS X 10.3.9 combo installer, which would reinstall much or the OS, in case there are system corruption issues.

My hunch is that the slowness is related to the reason Firefox was crashing, If  the user can identify any change that occurred immediately before Firefox started crashing (i.e. something was installed, settings were changed, he double clicked on an email attachment promising zesty photos), that could help. Otherwise, there are all kinds of things that may be slowing down a browser (network settings, DNS settings, plugins) and we are taking shots in the dark without knowing more.
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So, what happened?

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