You may have a lot of legacy code sitting around, if you are running 10.5.8. Any old PowerPC applications run in Rosetta, if you are using an Intel iMac. If you are using an iMac G5, most of the Flash based code isn't optimized for the G5, but rather the Intel Macs. So which iMac are you running according to Apple menu -> About This Mac?
Drive dying is my first guess, do this just in case
Basic emergency quick copy method
10.5 huh? Botnet likely too.
A fix here:
Surprise, Apple has left you out in the freezing cold for security updates since July 2011.
Didn't warn you did they? Makes you all really really warm and fuzzy inside?
Hope you didn't lose much in your online banking or via credit cards etc.
Personal info in the machine? Likely all in the hands of hackers now.
Perhaps you will convey this to the Apple people in the stores when you tease them about buying a new machine?
Perhaps you won't buy a Mac ever again, perhaps you'll have media freinds that will give you free press?
Read here to harden your Mac, and your options since you on a Intel Mac, to upgrade to 10.6.3
Model Name: iMac Model Identifier: iMac7,1 Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz Number Of Processors: 1 Total Number Of Cores: 2 L2 Cache: 4 MB Memory: 6 GB Bus Speed: 800 MHz Boot ROM Version: IM71.007A.B03 SMC Version (system): 1.21f4
I believe this is the ifo you were requesting, forgive my anti-technicalness...regards
So...if what i read from ds store is correct, i am way behind in sostware updates, how does this happen? how do i tell which "Cat name" of the mac OSX 10.5.8 i have, where do i get the updates & how do i get them on my machine
To have a secure Java, you need to pay for 10.6, and the get the free 10.6.8 combo update, and security patch: https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-2455
Or pay for 10.7 USB stick, erase your hard drive, and install 10.7.3, and then install the 10.7.3 security update: https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-2465
But before you jump the gun trying to upgrade, just disable Java, and see if that helps matters. And backup your data:
Next did you upgrade any of your data from PowerPC Macs (G3, G4, G5) using the Migration or Setup Assistant? This alone can cause a slow system.
So...if what i read from ds store is correct, i am way behind in sostware updates, how does this happen?
What he's trying to say is that you have all the Apple updates you can get as it is considered to be legacy software which is no longer supported.
how do i tell which "Cat name" of the mac OSX 10.5.8 i have
All of OS X 10.5.x is Leopard.
where do i get the updates & how do i get them on my machine
If your Software Update utility says you are up-to-date, there are no more updates for Apple software, with the possible exception of iTunes 10.6.1 and Safari 5.0.6. As was said, you need to disable Java in your browser to be safe from current malware attacks.
The only thing you can do is to upgrade to OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) in order to continue to get updates through this summer. It's available free to those with a MobileMe account by logging into http://www.me.com/snow-leopard. Otherwise contact the Apple Store (1-800-MY-APPLE) to purchase a copy.
a brody wrote:
...did you upgrade any of your data from PowerPC Macs (G3, G4, G5) using the Migration or Setup Assistant? This alone can cause a slow system.
Good point. If you download and run the scripts from http://blog.iharder.net/2011/07/24/check-for-ppc-programs-before-upgrading-to-li on/ they will help locate any PPC only code that may be slowing you down and won't work with Lion. They take a while to run, but are the best I've found for finding everything.
Leopard is known to be one of the worst versions of OSX and the pinwheel is an all too common sight. To get rid of the pinwheel download and install Onyx. After it is installed open it and run 'Automation' (link at bottom). And, I agree with everyone else. Go out and buy Snow Leopard OSX 10.6 for around $40. It is a much better version of OSX.
* Make sure you get the right version of Onyx for OSX 10.5 Leopard.
This will help.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2012 2:28 AM (in response to Silly rabbit)
It is too early to recommend Onyx. Without knowing all the other possible factors aren't there, and the data backup status, you could just be slowing them down.
Leopard = 10.5 to 10.5.8
Snow Leopard = 10.6 to 10.6.8
Lion = 10.7 to 10.7.4
Mountain Lion is expected this summer.