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G5 PPC & New Yahoo! Mail - Impossibly Slow

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  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,115 points)
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    Jun 16, 2013 9:44 AM (in response to JoeBloggs)

    I can't be sure, but Britny is running a lesser Mac than you and is reporting no issues.

    Are you running the most recent versions of Safari, Firefox or TenForFox for OS X 10.4.11?

    Have you tried clearing out histories, cookies and web caches as a suggested?

  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,115 points)
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    Jun 16, 2013 12:31 PM (in response to JoeBloggs)

    how about setting up ad blockers on each browser.

    Does that help?

  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,115 points)
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    Jun 17, 2013 4:08 PM (in response to JoeBloggs)

    I keep all of my ad and pop-up blockers active all the time on my web browsers.

    I never toggle them on/off.

    Camino, Firefox and Safari run much faster without all of garbage. Especially if the ads are animated.

    If a site has a lot of animated ads, that can slow down browser response significantly, too!

    I think you'll find that many browsers will run faster if you block all the banner ads and pop-ups from view.

    All of these are, usually,  junk, Anyhoo!

  • jives11 Calculating status...
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    Aug 24, 2013 1:00 AM (in response to JoeBloggs)

    Sorry to arrive late, but this thread is extremely pertinent to me , as i have a G5 with 1.5Gb running 10.5.8 and experience these kinds of issues daily..


    I completely understand your problem as I too find some websites and by implication, some javascript libraries cause the system to become very slow an unresponsive, spinning beach ball, and also extreme lag on text input. I tend to use google tools, and while the new gmail UI is OK, some other sites (blogger, adsense, analytics) seem to cause the machine to struggle. I use TenFourFox and keep it up to date. I also use TenFourBird for my work IMAP4 email .


    I've not come to any firm decisions beyond keeping the number of tabs to a minimum, routinely running some maintenance tools (Onyx is quite a nice one). I don't thinkAdBlocker is the issue, and I tend to favour using it to block animated adverts which have a hight CPU demand.


    I sometimes look at the system using top in a terminal window. The browser is invariably the highest consumer of CPU. I do have some errant HP printer processes, which is another well known problem. While not consuming massive amounts of CPU they do appear to use more than they should. Sometimes simply killing them and allowing them to respawn seems to work.


    I guess these machines are just not able to keep up with the heavy JS workload of many modern websites ?

  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,140 points)
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    Aug 25, 2013 12:41 PM (in response to jives11)

    I've noticed some slowdown in typing in the last few day with TenFourFox on my imac g3 600.  It is important to keep down the number of pages that you have open that are big on JavaScript I think.



  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,140 points)
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    Sep 8, 2013 5:16 PM (in response to JoeBloggs)

    I'd try a

    -- running in a new account.  This will rule you perference problems

    -- fresh install in a clean partition. 


    I've seen adiquiate performance with the new yahoo mail on my iMac g3 600 with tenfourfox 17.x

  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,115 points)
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    Sep 9, 2013 8:11 AM (in response to JoeBloggs)

    I agree with rccharles.

    Try creating a brand new, clean  user account and see if any thing changes.

    Just out of curiosity, you are not running any antivirus software, firewalls or any other type of crapware (like hard drive "cleaning"   apps or such) on your PowerMac,  are you?

  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,140 points)
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    Sep 9, 2013 8:57 AM (in response to JoeBloggs)

    Create new Account


    blue apple > system preferences

    clicks on accounts icon


    click on lock icon if locked. 

    enter logon password 

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    click on + icon ( left side of screen just above the lock icon )


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    after creating new account, you need to logout of your current account.


    blue apple > log out ... current count name ...


    log on to new account. see if problem goes away.

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    if it has gone  away, some preference file got messed up on your account. Rename the appropriate  Preference file. You will have to figure out the name.   They are .plist files.  Look for these files in Preferences folder which is in your Library folder [ more formally ~/Library/Preferences ].  ... reboot.

    Post back for more help.


    More tips on creating a new account

  • jives11 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 12, 2013 12:20 AM (in response to JoeBloggs)

    My G5  is slow but not unusably slow, though I'm not using yahoo mail (gmail).


    Two articles on tuning OSX and tuning Firefox (I use TenFourFox) have definitely improved things :



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