Panther Maintenance Tips
Subject:   Great tips, I hope...
Date:   2007-10-10 19:27:02
From:   TommyDAQ
This was a great article, and I was very pleased to see that you had responded to articles as recent as earlier this year. Anyway, my home computer is an old G4 running 10.3.9 and lately it has just gotten ungodly slow - spinning beach balls all of the time, etc. I've been working w/ Macs since 1992, but ever since OS X, I've had a tech support team do all my maintenance and have never had to worry about my office machines. This article was a godsend as I had no idea how to maintain OS X. I'm running through your regime right now. Permissions repaired fine. The volume appears to be OK. But where is that S.M.A.R.T. information? I can't find it anywhere and this disk is getting kind of old and slow.

Also, do you have any other suggestions of what I can do to determine what may be slowing this machine down?

Thanks a ton! I look forward to going through more of your articles.

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  • FJ de Kermadec photo Great tips, I hope...
    2007-10-11 02:07:37  FJ de Kermadec | O'Reilly Blogger [View]


    It is always a pleasure to reply to those who do me the honor of reading my articles!

    SMART information should appear in your Disk Utility when you select the drive itself, towards the bottom of the window (if memory serves me well, I no longer run a Panther machine). Alternatively, you can use an application such as SMARTReporter to perform checks for you.

    Do note that a drive can fail without its SMART checks detecting anything so be on the lookout for strange noises, increased whirring, clicking or "write noises." Detecting drive failures is an inexact science so always keep good backups. On the upside, a damaged drive is rather unlikely to cause slowdowns over a long period of time it would indicate the drive is moribund.

    My first recommendation would be to check for background processes that would eat memory or resources. Open the Console utility and check the Console and System logs for spurious logs (some applications get so busy logging errors they hog the hard drives). Open Activity Monitor and check for high memory or processor usage.

    I hope this helps!
    • Dear F.J.
      2008-08-09 19:02:54  musicpost [View]

      Sorry, but I didn't know how to contact you without hitting reply.
      Thanks for doing this site!

      My mac G4 with 10.3.9 has suddenly gotten more noisy...heat sink area! Sometimes when running digital recording software the performance spikes and crackles appear in the audio. I've done disk repairs, permissions, etc. but it's still noisy and does change a bit as I perform tasks. Any suggestions? Best, David