Archive for March, 2013

Speed up Mountain Lion

March 14th, 2013

MLUPDATE 15.3.2013: Today 10.8.3 update came out and it seems to work smoother than 10.8.2. Still, applying these tips will give you an even smoother performance.

So you have this feeling that Mountain Lion (10.8.2) on your new or old Mac feels sluggish. In this post I’ll give some extra tips on how to improve this. Keep in mind that these are merely ADDITIONAL tips that do work, and you shouldn’t ignore the more general optimizations (make sure you have enough RAM, upgrade SSD, have enough disk space left). Let me point out that Mountain Lion DOES invariably feel laggy also on relatively new and capable machines such as:

MacBook Pro quad i7 late 2011
(2.2GHz quad i7, 8 GB RAM, Radeon 6750M graphics and Intel HD 3000 graphics, 128 GB SATA3 SSD)

MacBook Air dual i5 mid 2011
(1.7GHz dual i5, 4 GB RAM, Intel HD 3000 graphics, 128 GB SATA3 SSD)

With these tips I substantially improved performance on both of them. These methods will also work and improve performance on older Core 2 Duo Macs as well, but I cannot tell whether the results will be as great. One thing to add: the explained methods work very well and Mountain Lion will work faster to the point of feeling very fast, yes, yet still not as fast as Snow Leopard 10.6.8 – at least on my quad MBP. That’s why I currently prefer using Snow Leopard 10.6.8 to Mountain Lion 10.8.2, which is something I wrote about in my earlier post. » Read more: Speed up Mountain Lion

Downgrade to Snow Leopard for performance boost on a late 2011 quad Macbook Pro

March 8th, 2013

symlinkAt the time of writing this post, the latest version of OS X is 10.8.2 Mountain Lion. While it brought many nice features and definitely is nicer and faster than Lion, it also comes with some compromises. I already wrote about how Apple uses power throttling in order to make battery run longer and this behavior persists in Mountain Lion. » Read more: Downgrade to Snow Leopard for performance boost on a late 2011 quad Macbook Pro

Extend space of a Bootcamp partition with symbolic links (Win7)

March 8th, 2013

symlink Are you running a dual boot configuration (OSX and Windows 7), presumably not on a very large SSD drive, and are often running out of space on a Windows 7 bootcamp partition? Instead of resizing the partition, there is a more simple solution – move some of the files from bootcamp partition to another partition/drive and provide a symbolic link to them.

If you use your Windows 7 bootcamp installation for gaming, then you probably ran into low disk space issue more than once, had to delete/uninstall games in order to install another one or temporarily move game files to another drive only to copy them back later. Fortunately, ever since symbolic links have been introduced into Windows 7, you can leave game files or directories elsewhere and simply provide a symbolic link to them. Have in mind that this will work only with Windows 7 installed, not with Windows XP (which doesn’t have symbolic linking). » Read more: Extend space of a Bootcamp partition with symbolic links (Win7)

Web Analytics