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Am I having memory problems?

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Romantic Heretic Calculating status...
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Jan 4, 2013 6:43 PM

Over the last few days I'm having strange problems starting up programs. They seem to hang for a while. Often I'll get the spinning colour disk that says my Mac is working hard.

 

It usually happens when I quit out of one program and start another. It gets really bad if I'm running several programs at once. For example if I start up Skype, Mail and Safari at the same time

 

Some of the games I play occasionally hang and the sound to them starts to skip like an old fashioned vinyl record. They start again after a few seconds

 

Earlier I was watching videos on YouTube and every so often the picture would stop but the sound would continue. After a few seconds the picture would fast forward to the point it was actually playing.

 

I've done a hardware check, a virus check and a disk check. All have come back clean.

 

It's starting to worry me, that this might be a sign my Mac, is dying on me. I'm on disability and fixing this could be more than my finances could handle.

 

Thanks in advance.

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 21.5 inch, Mid-2010
  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,395 points)
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    Jan 4, 2013 6:59 PM (in response to Romantic Heretic)

    The 2010 iMac came with 4GB of RAM, which should be more than enough to run several programs and Safari at the same time.

     

    What virus checker are you using...? Most do nothing but, bog down the system, cause problems and are not necessary unless you are sharing files directly to a windows computers.

    iMac, Mac Mini, iPad, iPods, Mac OS X (10.6.8), (10.8.2), Safari, iTunes, iPhoto
  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,395 points)
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    Jan 4, 2013 10:50 PM (in response to Romantic Heretic)

    Go up on the Menu bar to: Apple / About This Mac / More Info / Memory

     

    Screen Shot 2013-01-04 at 10.48.54 PM.jpg

     

    Or open the Activity Monitor in your Applications / Utilities folder.

    see > Using Activity Monitor to read System Memory

     

    Screen Shot 2013-01-04 at 10.41.51 PM.jpg

     

    If your missing one module, it may have just become unseated in the slot. Follow the instructions for > iMac: How to remove or install memory and push real hard on both modules with your thumbs to make sure that they are fully seated in the memory slots.

  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,395 points)
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    Jan 5, 2013 5:51 AM (in response to Romantic Heretic)

    Romantic Heretic wrote:

     

    Thanks. I did both.

     

    Your welcome!

     

    Romantic Heretic wrote:

     

    So it looks like my memory is fine.

     

    Agreed

     

    Romantic Heretic wrote:

     

    So what is causing this odd behaviour of my programs?

     

    Once again: " What virus checker are you using...? "

     

    Most do nothing but, bog down the system, cause problems and are not necessary, unless you are sharing files directly to a windows computers.

  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,395 points)
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    Jan 5, 2013 8:49 AM (in response to Romantic Heretic)

    Keep us posted.....

     

    Your welcome!

  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,395 points)
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    Jan 5, 2013 11:21 AM (in response to Romantic Heretic)

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