Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2013 8:19 AM (in response to Nicholas Towne)
A couple of things to look at:
- How much RAM is installed on your Mac? Although Apple states that 2GB is the minimum for Mountain Lion, you'll get the beachball a lot. Upping the RAM to at least 4GB would give you a huge boost in performance. And...with today's RAM prices, you can do it for well under $80.
- Have you checked how much free space is on your hard drive? If you're approaching the capacity of your drive, you'll see the issues you've described.
- Are you running any kind of anti-virus software? Most here (including me) will advise you this will usually create more problems than it prevents. Macs are simply much better at warding off virus infections than Windows, and Apple has gone even further with it in Mountain Lion.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2013 12:40 PM (in response to Mike Osborn)
I have 4 GB of RAM installed already. I still have about half of my HD space unused as well. I have never run any kind of virus protection on here, was almost thinking that maybe I should, as I've never had a virus before and don't know what the exact side affexts would be of one, but I really don't think I have a virus.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 20, 2013 1:23 PM (in response to Nicholas Towne)
Here are some more things you can try:
1. Disconnect as many external devices as possible and see if that improves performance.
2. Is Spotlight still indexing your system? That can really slow a system down until it's finished.
3. Have you checked to see what applications/processes run upon system startup?
Maybe someone else here will offer additional suggestions...but other than the three things I just listed it sounds as if you've already checked everything I would have checked.
LOL....maybe your wife is correct and it's time to get a new iMac?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2013 3:42 PM (in response to Mike Osborn)
I only had one thing to disconnect, which was my external drive. I did notice that the computer boots up a bit faster, but it still has the same issues once up and running.
I was thinking this morning tho and think I might have figured out my issue.
Does anyone know if dust/powders getting inside the computer could cause this? I ask this because around the same time we started to have issues was when we used a powder substance in the house on the rugs to deal with fleas, and I know it does kick up a bit when moving around and we were treating the house for a while. Also if this is the cause, is there a safe way to clean out an iMac? Is it easy to open and clean?
Either way I am looking at probably upgrading to a new iMac with tax money, but I would probably be cleaning this one up, wiping it and putting factory settings on it to give my parents to replace the eMac I gave them years ago when I got this iMac. Also on that note, any tips or advice on whether I should get a regular ATA drive or fusion? That's the only thing I'm not sure about yet.
Hoping the dust is my issue and can resolve it this weekend if there's a way to open it up and clean it.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2013 11:19 AM (in response to Nicholas Towne)
Just wanted to update. I did vaccuum out my old iMac, and use a can of air on it and that seemed to help it a LOT, but even after that since my mind was alreaady on it, I bought a new iMac 27" 3.4ghz with a Fusion drive and the upgraded graphics. My old computer looks so small now, but will be handed down to my oldest 2 children to use as their own computer.
So the lesson here for me and if anyone else runs into issues like this, is not just trouble shooting hardware and software, but try and clean inside the computer too as that can cause many issues as well.