Lets try this first...
Then Safe Boot , (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, reboot when it finishes.
Does anything work better yet?
It appears to be time for An Archive & Install, which gives you a new OS, but can preserve all your files, pics, music, settings, etc., as long as you have plenty of free disk space...
Be sure to use Preserve Users & Settings.
* Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor
minimum system requirements
* 512MB of memory
* DVD drive for installation
* 9GB of available disk space
Although it's not anymore likely to fix it than doing an Archive & Install, which is fairly quick and Painless if you have enough Free Space on your Hard Drive & it Verifies as OK.
Thanks for the quick response. I'm afraid I'm a Mac illiterate. How can I find out if my system meets these specs? When I had my Dell, it would automatically check for me, so I guess I'm unsure of myself. I've looked at the "about this mac" and it says this:
Processor: 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Memory: 1 GB 667 MHZ DDR2 SDRAM
Startup Disk: Macintosh HD
Capacity: 232.57 GB
Available: 151.9 GB
Model Name: iMac
Model Identifier: iMac5,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2.16 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache (per processor): 4 MB
Memory: 1 GB
Bus Speed: 667 MHz
Boot ROM Version: IM51.0090.B09
SMC Version: 1.8f2
Does this meet the specs? If I can upgrade to Leopard, I'd like to go ahead and do it and if it will fix the problem - that would be a bonus! I'm afraid to do it myself - I have to admit I've never even done a backup and I feel overwhelmed! I don't want to lose any of my iTunes or photos or documents. The instructions for the reinstall scared me. I thought I could take it to the Genius bar for an install, but they can't see me for several days. I'm just so confused by all this.
ACK!! Sorry to be so Mac-illiterate! I even went and bought Mac for Dummies! Any advice?
Does this meet the specs?
Yes it meets the requirements fine, more RAM would be a boon though.
Which Games are they again... some likely won't work in Leopaed that do work in Tiger, so let us know which ones.
I thought I could take it to the Genius bar for an install, but they can't see me for several days
I really think you could do it, but I strongly recommend that you get a good Firewire drive to Clone your Internal drive to ASAP!
Many of those come with Backup SW, or you can get one at the Apple Store...
Get carbon copy cloner to make an exact copy of your old HD to the New one...
Or the most expensive one & my favorite, Tri-Backup...
Hi Kristi, I don't have either of those to try, but with caveats...
Can't find the old one, but the new Spore only runs on IntelMacs with Leaopard I guess...
Hi Again -
You mentioned that more RAM would be good. I've been looking at adding more memory, but I can't tell which machine I've got or which one would be best - can you tell from the previous specs? When I had my Dell, I installed the memory myself - is it easy for Macs, or should I take it to the Geniuses?