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iMac issues since upgrade

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Jan 20, 2013 3:57 AM

I used to run my iMac using 10.6.3 fine, never had any issues. Then one day my brother came over with a gift of 10.8. Well since Installing that right off the bat I had issues with mail, mainly with an e-mail account from my work. I just decided to not use mail any more since I did most of my e-mail with my iphone any way. After that we updated to 10.8.2, and that's where it seems like all **** broke loose. I constantly get the spinning beach ball all the time. and programs were freezing up. I could click different programs and move the cursor, but the beach ball wouldn't go away and I would have to force restart. I have run disk utility multiple times, both while logged in, and by holding down command r on boot up. I have also run fsck, and reset PRAM. After all of this I decided to wipe the computer and do it over again, unfortunally losing quite a bit since it would freeze every time I tried to use timecapsule to back up.


So I have reinstalled 10.6.3, which went smooth. I updated again to 10.8 and that was fairly smooth. I did find music on my external drive that was corrupt, so I have deleted that thinking that might be causing some issues. Well 2 games I like to play are Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2. Both of these games kept saying that for best performance, to upgrade to 10.8.2, and Starcraft 2 seemed to be locking up a lot on login and when loading a game. So I decided to attempt 10.8.2 again. Most everything had been going smooth although I noticed it didn't fix Starcraft 2 at all, so I might just try and reinstall that, but on top of that, the beachball seems to be coming back again and it takes forever to login to the computer and takes longer to boot up than it used to.


Should I again, wipe the computer and try staying with 10.8? or does this sound like some kind of issue that may be resolved some other way? (without having to buy a new computer as my wife keeps saying we should, as she's conviced the computers dying).


Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.

iMac (20-inch Mid 2007), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Mike Osborn Level 4 Level 4 (1,205 points)
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    Jan 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.
  • Mike Osborn Level 4 Level 4 (1,205 points)
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    Jan 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?

  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 Level 6 (9,070 points)
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    Feb 22, 2013 11:24 AM (in response to Nicholas Towne)

    Nicholas Towne wrote:


    Then one day my brother came over with a gift of 10.8. 



    Really? How's that work as the only place to get 10.8 is from the Mac App Store?


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