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moo
12th September 2005, 05:38 PM
applecollector was asking how to turn off dashboard and spotlight in the vista thread

try dashonoff
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/18261

EDIT works fine and forgot about spotlight
found this with a quick google
http://www.bombippy.com/archives/2005/06/thats_more_like.php

haven't tried it so can't vouch for it unlike dashonoff which I know works

The Fluffy Duck
12th September 2005, 06:11 PM
I think the app is bugged. I think it cheats by just disabling it. I did a "activity moniter" search for the process and I could still see it even though it was "off".

moo
12th September 2005, 08:30 PM
worked for me ...
Activity monitor showed no process associated with dashboard when I had turned it off but did when I turned it back on.
(10.4.2)

Paxton
12th September 2005, 08:51 PM
Taken from MacOSXHints.com


Some people have claimed memory or performance problems with Dashboard. In my case, I just don't use it, and dislike having applications running that I don't use or need.

After some searching, I found this hint, but didn't find anything similar on MacOSXHints. So here it is, with thanks to the original poster who found it. Launch Terminal and then enter the following commands...

To turn Dashboard off:
defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean YES
To turn Dashboard on:
defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean NO
You have to restart the Dock after making either change for it to take effect:
killall Dock
[robg adds: I'm thinking this might be a pretty popular hint :). I tested the commands, and they definitely work. When I ran ps ax | grep Dash with Dashboard active, my three open widgets showed up in the process list. After changing the defaults, F12 no longer worked, and the same ps command didn't find any matches for Dashboard (OK, technically, if found the grep, but that's because I'm too lazy to add it as an ignored match). When I re-enabled Dashboard, I was somewhat surprised to find that my three open widgets were indeed still open.

Worked for me.

-Andrew

applecollector
12th September 2005, 09:04 PM
Originally posted by moo@Sep 12 2005, 05:38 PM
applecollector was asking how to turn off dashboard and spotlight in the vista thread

try dashonoff
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/18261

EDIT works fine and forgot about spotlight
found this with a quick google
http://www.bombippy.com/archives/2005/06/thats_more_like.php

haven't tried it so can't vouch for it unlike dashonoff which I know works
Hey thanks so much for posting this!

Byrd
13th September 2005, 09:06 AM
Great tip - thanks.

I like Tiger, but I'm running it on a lowly iBook 600 with 576MB RAM - not the beefiest specs for such a machine. It's definately faster than Panther, however Dashboard does chug down the system at times - particularly with DivX playback, which commands a hefty portion of the CPU, turning Dashboard off helps to get video playback back to normal.

JB

sikosis
13th September 2005, 11:50 AM
I'd be interested to hear how the performance is without Dashboard now ...

feeze
13th September 2005, 12:33 PM
Please correct me if I am wrong, but when I look at my activity monitor, the only resources that are being consumed by dashboard are the widgets that are open. So would it not logical to just not have any widgets open, you could even use the widget manager and disable all your widgets.