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General Mac Slowness - What to Do?

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Hello - My computer is acting all creepy and crawly for the last few months, regarding most applications including browser and Word. Based on my review over the course of the last 3.5 minutes on the discussion board, I think I have too many PAGE OUTS open. (Screen shot below). I moved all of the Music files to external drive, and almost NO video, so I am almost positive is not a hard drive space issue. Maybe its a RAM issue. Please advise. Thanks Gregg

 

P.S. My Page Outs From Activity Monitor > System Memory reads 1.79 GB. Should I try to reduce this, and if so, how? I only need 2-3 programs open 90% of the time (browser, Word and photoshop).

 

iMac7,1, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 2.8 GHz
  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,580 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 6:20 AM (in response to bench_blob)

    Can your Mac handle Snow Leopard?

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/sp575

     

    If so, I would suggest that you spend the $20 at the Apple online sore and install it.  It is a more efficient System than Leopard.

     

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard

     

    Regarding the 'Page outs', are they more than 10% of 'Page ins"?  If not, then more RAM will probably not be beneficial.

     

    Ciao.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,580 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 12:34 PM (in response to bench_blob)

    In your post you indicate that you have Leopard (10.5.8) installed.  That is the reason I was suggesting Snow Leopard.  Now you indicate the you have Mt. Lion as your OS.  OGELTHORPE does not like being deceived .

    In a serious vein, Snow Leopard is still the most efficient OS that Apple has created.  It may help but you would have to sacrifice some Mt. Lion features.

     

    Your 'Page ins' and 'Page outs' ratio is astounding.  More RAM would be a step in the right direction.  According to Mactracker, your iMac (model 7.1) can utilize 6 GB RAM.  That would be a good enhancement. if you have not done so already.

     

    This is a user tip from the Macbook Pro forum but it is still applicable to your situation.  Read it over and post back if you need some more assistance or initiate a new post.

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3521

     

    Ciao.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,580 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 12:57 PM (in response to bench_blob)

    Snow Leopard DVD can only be ordered from the online Apple store.  Please see my previous link.  The retail stores will not have it in stock.

     

    As far as the Page ratio, I have never seen it that high.  It just indicates that you are using applications that are going back to your HDD a lot. 

     

    Have you maxed out the RAM?  If not, that should be the top priority.

     

    Ciao.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,580 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 1:10 PM (in response to bench_blob)

    Yes, but get more!  Best sources are OWC and Crucial.  According to Mactraker, a 20" mid 2007 iMac (model 7.1) RAM has the following specifications:  200-pin PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR2 SO-DIMM.

     

    Do not deviate from those.

     

    Ciao.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,580 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 1:13 PM (in response to bench_blob)

    You said: "Should I have a fire extinguisher close by just in case?"  No, just wear a hard hat! 

     

    Ciao.

     

    I couldn't resist.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,580 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 1:53 PM (in response to bench_blob)

    You are attacking this incorrectly.  Go to the OWC and Crucial websites and enter you model number and get exactly what RAM they specify for your iMac.  It will be a 2 GB and a 4 GB chips.  Installing two 4 GB chips is throwing money away.

     

    This is from the OWC website:

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/apple/memory/iMac/Intel_Core_2_Duo

     

    Check out the Crucial website.  They have a scanner program that will determine the proper RAM for your iMac.  See what the price is there.  If you are a cheapskate like me, get the part numbers and search Newegg and Amazon for possible cheaper prices. 

     

    Yes, you should be able to install the RAM your self.  The OWC website has videos that will explain that.  This is the link:

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/installvideos/

     

    As far as cost/benefits are concerned, my take is yes. 

     

    Ciao.

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