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  • R C-R Level 6 Level 6 (13,845 points)
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    Sep 10, 2013 5:18 AM (in response to Matchless350)

    Matchless350 wrote:

    I am considering a new 21.5-inch: 2.7GHz model with 8 GB of Ram as standard (2 x 4GB RAM) but I am considering ordering it with the optional 16GB RAM but can anyone tell me if the RAM in these new models can be upgraded in the future to more than 16GB and what the Max RAM would be on this new current model?

    Technically, nbar is correct: you can upgrade the RAM later, but as the OWC link he furnished mentions, this is a difficult process involving disassembling the iMac & is not recommended. (Also note that the OWC kit, including RAM & the necessary tools to open the iMac, is only slightly less expensive than buying the iMac with 16 GB pre-installed.)


    As for upgrading beyond 16 GB, it is possible (but highly unlikely) that the 21.5" model's memory controller could support 16 GB modules so -- if such modules are ever made -- you might be able to install two of them & get 32 GB.


    Something else to consider: I have the 27" 2012 model that has user-upgradable RAM. I ordered it with 8 GB, intending to buy more modules later on to take it to 16 or even 32 GB. But so far, I have never run out of free RAM, so I would not see any benefit from adding more of it.

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,510 points)
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    Sep 10, 2013 5:18 AM (in response to Matchless350)

    In  SystemPreferences/Users  choose LoginItems Tab:

    Remove all entries there (with the minus sign underneath), when necessary you can put them in again later.

    Do you need Adobe Version Cue CS2? If not uninstall it (it is in SystemPreferences as a separate applet).

    Was ist Kodak AIO????

    I advise to remove RealPlayerPlugin (in HDD:  /Library/InternetPlugins folder), and the MozillaPlugin.

    Now restart.

    See how it goes, and post a new Etrecheck list.

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,510 points)
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    Sep 10, 2013 8:41 AM (in response to Matchless350)

    Hi Matchless:

    if you have no special interest in these two:





    you could also move them out the InternetPlugins folder.

    Looks rather healthy for the hardware resources now.

    If you still have a "sluggish" behaviour come back here. But for now you should be good at least until a new computer and probably longer. As you see the 8GB RAM should enough enough, but 16GB will not hurt of course: it will be good for a long time I guess, like R-C-R 's observation indicates.

  • nbar Level 5 Level 5 (6,510 points)
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    Sep 10, 2013 1:28 PM (in response to Matchless350)
  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,560 points)
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    Sep 11, 2013 12:04 AM (in response to Matchless350)

    I really don't see the point in buying a new computer with less than maximum RAM.

    Facilities are changing at a rapid pace; your investment in a new machine is not inconsiderable; the difference in price is not that great.


    I agree that if someone's budget is really stretched there may be some grounds to consider the option ... new computer or wait ... but I would advocate borrowing the difference.


    < Off topic >  Hi Lex.   Have you spotted that there is a Harleydavidson user name.   Now, that is something to conjure with.     All the same, a Matchless 350 is an excellent bike.

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,510 points)
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    Sep 11, 2013 12:32 AM (in response to seventy one)

    Hi seventy one, do you remember our "age" bet? we are too old to dream of a long gone past...

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,510 points)
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    Sep 11, 2013 1:26 AM (in response to Matchless350)

    "Now, if I decided to change my search criteria from say 'Matchless' to 'Norton' in the Search Text Box at the top of the page and click the Search Button, I get images for 'Norton' however, when I click on an Image I get a Blank Black 'Sub-page' opening with no Images etc. just a blank 'Sub-Page'. I then find I have to click the Refresh symbol in the Search Text Box at the top of the page to get a Larger Image and a few smaller Images etc. to appear in the 'Sub-Page'."

    That is not "normal", after arriving at the norton page you shouldn't have to refresh the search.

    What extensions/plugins do you have in Safari? disable them all (in Safari/Preferences/Extensions) and Quit Safari then restart, same "issue". If not enable one extension, and see if it returns, if not the next one, etc. Quit/Restart Safari after each change.

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,510 points)
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    Sep 11, 2013 3:01 AM (in response to Matchless350)

    - For a lot of sites you need Flashplayer.

    - Flip4Mac makes it possible to play wmv on the mac. It is harmless, but you can instead install Perian, which makes more extensions available for play on the mac. Support for Perian has stopped but the latest version (1.2.3) works very good, This comes in the same place where flip4mac was.

    - I still have no idea what causes the "google issue", I can not reproduce it. Do you have the latest version of Safari (although it is not that, I think). To "refresh" the OS and Safari, you could download the Snow Leopard Combo update (if you can find it) from the Apple sites and install it, even when you are on the latest update, it will refresh the os, or you redownload the latest security update ( for SL.

    Or you download the latest version of Safari (SnowLeopard) and reinstall it (

    - run a new Etrechack for me.


  • yashact Calculating status...
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    Sep 11, 2013 4:27 AM (in response to Matchless350)

    Matchless350 wrote:


    OK, I have now run the EtreCheck as recommended and the list is very long, most of it means nothing to me, so here goes:


    Hardware Information:

              iMac (20-inch, Early 2008)

              iMac - model: iMac8,1

              1 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU: 2 cores

              4 GB RAM


    Video Information:

              ATI Radeon HD 2400 - VRAM: 128 MB


    Startup Items:

              AdobeVersionCueCS2 - Path: /Library/StartupItems/AdobeVersionCueCS2


    System Software:

              Mac OS X 10.6.8 (10K549) - Uptime: 0 days 3:12:2


    Disk Information:

              ST3250820AS Q disk0 : (232.89 GB)

                        (null) (disk0s1) <not mounted>: 200 MB

                        Macintosh HD (disk0s2) /: 232.57 GB (130.52 GB free)


    USB Information:

              Apple Inc. Built-in iSight


              Apple, Inc. Keyboard Hub

                        Primax Electronics Apple Optical USB Mouse


                        Apple, Inc Apple Keyboard



              Apple Inc. BRCM2046 Hub

                        Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller



              Apple Computer, Inc. IR Receiver



    FireWire Information:


    Thunderbolt Information:


    Kernel Extensions:


    Problem System Launch Daemons:

              [not loaded] org.samba.winbindd.plist


    Problem System Launch Agents:



    Launch Daemons:

              [loaded] com.adobe.fpsaud.plist


    Launch Agents:

              [loaded] com.kodak.BonjourAgent.plist


    User Launch Agents:

              [loaded] com.adobe.ARM.202f4087f2bbde52e3ac2df389f53a4f123223c9cc56a8fd83a6f7ae.plist


              [loaded] com.kodak.KODAK AiO Annual Opt.plist

              [loaded] com.kodak.KODAK AiO Firmware Updater.plist

              [loaded] com.kodak.KODAK AiO Software Updater.plist


    User Login Items:



              CrossOver CD Helper





    3rd Party Preference Panes:

              Adobe Version Cue CS2

              Flash Player

              Flip4Mac WMV


    Internet Plug-ins:

              Flash Player.plugin


              Flip4Mac WMV Plugin.plugin

              Google Earth Web Plug-in.plugin






              QuickTime Plugin.plugin

              RealPlayer Plugin.plugin


    User Internet Plug-ins:


    Bad Fonts:



    Top Processes by CPU:

                   5%          EtreCheck

                   2%          syslogd

                   1%          WindowServer

                   0%          Microsoft Entourage

                   0%          fontd

                   0%          Microsoft Word

                   0%          WebProcess

                   0%          System Events

                   0%          coreservicesd

                   0%          LaunchCFMApp


    Top Processes by Memory:

              172 MB             Microsoft Word

              164 MB             WebProcess

              115 MB             iTunes

              78 MB              Microsoft Entourage

              74 MB              Safari

              57 MB              WindowServer

              20 MB              Finder

              20 MB              mds

              20 MB              EtreCheck

              16 MB              SystemUIServer


    Virtual Memory Statistics

              2.43 GB            Free RAM

              897 MB             Active RAM

              425 MB             Inactive RAM

              283 MB             Wired RAM

              286 MB             Page-ins

              0 B                Page-outs


    Any ideas?


    watch out!

    if hackers see this theyll hack it till its too dangerous

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,510 points)
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    Sep 11, 2013 6:19 AM (in response to yashact)

    I don't think so. Your name has been incorrectly spelled perhaps : t instead of k ?

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