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Speeding Up and Maintaining Your Mac

Video Introducing this tutorial


1. Diagnosing a Slow Computer
Understanding how processor, RAM, and hard-drive performance affect speed
Understanding how Internet connectivity can affect speed
Identifying system requirements for applications
Upgrading hardware to improve performance
Working with virus scanners

2. General Maintenance Techniques
Make sure all software is up to date
Resetting NVRAM (PRAM)
Making sure that unused applications are completely uninstalled
General cleanup

3. Dealing with Processor-Related Speed Issues
Identifying processor-intensive activities

4. Dealing with RAM-Related Speed Issues
Identifying tasks that take up RAM
Understanding RAM allocation for specific applications

5. Dealing with Hard-Drive-Related Speed Issues
Determining if your hard drive is fast enough for your work
Addressing hard-drive issues