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    Mac G5 slowdowns -- getting worse -- help!

    Not sure what an open widget is. I do have a few basic widgets, but I had a lot more before the problem started. Now I just use a calendar, a clock, a sticky and a thesaurus/dictionary. I rarely use the dashboard so these are usually dormant. DK
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    Mac G5 slowdowns -- getting worse -- help!

    I'll try the cache thing. I did loook at Activity Monitor and saw nothing weird -- even during one of my interminable Save As waiting times. What's the console?
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    Mac G5 slowdowns -- getting worse -- help!

    Nope. Not running anti-virus. I used Norton a/v to scan my drive and it came up clean. I don't use it otherwise.
  4. My Mac G5 (dual 1.8 Ghz; 1Gb RAM) suddenly became REALLY slow, especially doing three specific operations: -- Doing a Save As in Word. This can take 30 seconds of the spinning ball before even getting the dialogue box. Used to be instant. -- Downloading web pages. My broadband is fast. But pages take 15-30 seconds to download. Used to be instant. -- Ataching a file to an email -- Can take 30 seconds. Things I've tried: -- disk repair -- permissions repair -- zapping PRAM -- anti-virus scan -- uninstalling Quicksilver -- putting iDisk Sync to Manual -- adding 512Gb RAM (now 1Gb) I'm getting desperate. No clue what to do next. Any suggestions gratefully received. Thanks.
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    G5 slowdowns

    Recently my G5 (dual 1.6 Ghz) gets really slow. usually while doing a Save As in, saym Word. Or adding an attachment in Entourage. Quicksilver is installed. Could it be that? Or can anyone recommend performance-related hiousekeeping I shoukld be doing? I want my fast Mac back! Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
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    Downloading new podcast episodes

    Thanks Chiff, wndowsguy and car1son. The problem is only with auto-updates. My settings are set to check every hour. Preferences look cool. No exclamation marks... Yesterday, I watched the time stated as the next update. No attempt to update was made and the time to next update moved forward an hour. Weird because I know there have been posts since I last updated. I did upgrade to Tiger since subscribing to these podcasts. Maybe I'll try re-subscribing...
  7. For some reason, my iTunes has stopped updating the podcasts I'm subscribed to (including MacCast). Any thoughts about why this is happening and how to fix it?
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