Originally Posted by oyong /forum/post/0
Does anyone have any info or tips on turning off unused processes on the Mac? I use mine solely for HT purposes (and a network share). I'd like to turn off any services that might suck-up much needed processing cycles from the CPU (G4) too improve the HT experience...
If anyone could provide some tips on this, please share!
The obvious answer, is to do a stock install and just run it like that. If you open the Activity Monitor, and set it to sort your proceesses by %cpu, you'll find that an idling Mac uses little processing power. My MacBook idles at under 1.5%. And if a process needs to do something, well then it needs to do something. The old rule in OS 9 about leaning out the extensions and control panels to boost performance doesn't hold true in the same way OS X. NOw if you want to turn off services, that's a bit different (though it does take process[es] to run services). To limit things here, turn off bluetooth and wifi, go to sharing and turn everything off (except for maybe file sharing if you want to log in). Then go into your user account and make sure you don't have any login items turned on. This is the simple approach. If you need more performance, then you are better off looking to RAM, hard drive, and cpu upgrades, than trying to wring the last cpu cycle out of idling processes.