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May 13, 2012 5:28 PM

It seems like EVERY time i click on a file, or anything for that matter, i get a brief moment of pinwheel, even while typing this question there are moments of pinwheel then "catchup", even scrolling is effected....very frustrating, i am running mac osx 10.5.8, i have recently had a 2 TB hard drive installed as well as the max 6gb of ram...whats going on ?   Can this be fixed, I would appreciate any & all help....regards...Mark

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,145 points)
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    May 13, 2012 5:49 PM (in response to bubba622)

    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?

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    May 13, 2012 5:58 PM (in response to bubba622)

    Drive dying is my first guess, do this just in case

     

    Basic emergency quick copy method

     

    Most commonly used backup methods explained

     

     

     

    10.5 huh? Botnet likely too.

     

     

    https://www.zdnet.com/blog/security/mac-botnet-generated-10000-a-day-for-flashba ck-gang/11727

     

     

    A fix here:

     

     

    http://www.freedrweb.com/drweb+mac+light/

     

     

     

     

     

    Surprise, Apple has left you out in the freezing cold for security updates since July 2011.

     

     

    https://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

     

     

    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

     

    Harden your Mac against malware attacks

     

    Most commonly used backup methods explained

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,145 points)
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    May 13, 2012 7:02 PM (in response to bubba622)

    All you have to do to secure your Mac against most vulnerabilities is disable Java, not Javascript.

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3261

    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:

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-1992

    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.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,345 points)
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    May 14, 2012 1:20 AM (in response to bubba622)

    bubba622 wrote:

     

    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.

  • MadMacs0 Level 4 Level 4 (3,345 points)
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    May 14, 2012 1:24 AM (in response to a brody)

    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.

  • Silly rabbit Level 4 Level 4 (2,980 points)
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    May 14, 2012 2:20 AM (in response to bubba622)

    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.

     

    Onyx - http://www.titanium.free.fr/download.php?sid=39e47958ad33a02243a2071fd36f2201

     

    * Make sure you get the right version of Onyx for OSX 10.5 Leopard.

     

    This will help.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,145 points)
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    May 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.

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