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ghyslain's picture
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Dashboard and memory...

I just installed Tiger on my PowerBook - and Dashboard is awsome!! Does anybody know if it can actually slow down the performance of your Mac? Does it make a differnce if you have 1 widget open or 50 widgets open?

I know widgets are small applications that runs in the background.

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dhayn's picture
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I wanted to uninstall Tiger after playing with it for a bit.

Go into your activity monitor and where it says filter up top type in "dashboard" into the field. Each widget is listed there separately. Look at how much real memory each one uses, some use more than others. Hope you have a lot of memory.

And if you just installed Tiger upgrade to 10.4.2, it makes the memory usage much better.

hanamichy's picture
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i have 1.5 gigs of ram, and about 6 widgets open at all times. i see that its still laggy. the widgets don't pop up instantly

Ivan's picture

Open Applications/Utilities/Terminal and type the command and press enter after each line:

Turn off:
defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES
killall Dock

Turn on:
defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean NO
killall Dock

ghyslain's picture
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Too bad apple didn't put a "ON" "OFF" switch on the dashboard App. Widgets & Dashboard are/is a nice feature but some of the them are more "toy-ish" than anything else - I think.

I wonder if a script could be written to switch Dashboard "ON" or "OFF"? Hmmm and then combine it in a little app/button that could reside in the dock......I smell big money here - lol!

Ivan's picture

Maybe we can write a widget that will allow switching Dashboard on and off. Hmm.. wait a minute. There is something wrong with this idea. :)

Seriously, I think a small hack in the System Preferences / Dashboard and Expose panel would do the trick. Or maybe it's a cleaner solution to actually have it as a separate pane, so that the patch doesn't break when the system gets updated.

dhayn's picture
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its a separate pref pane called DashOnOff

mrgreenish's picture
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You can also quit dock in activity monitor to quit widgets. The widgets will stay off untill you open dashboard again.

mck's picture

art up, which is annoying. Btw, Konfab widgets didn't use any less system resources than Dashboard does now.

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