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Why is my iMac so slow?

8426 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 31, 2010 8:25 PM by den.thed RSS
helpineed Calculating status...
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Jul 31, 2010 5:27 PM
Why is my iMac so slow? It wasn't like this when I first got it. Now it's worst than a Windows computer!!!

160GB Hard Drive
35.78GB Free
(Last month I had 100GB free of the Hard Drive, and it was as slow as it is today)

Model Name: iMac
Model Identifier: iMac5,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache: 4 MB
Memory: 1 GB
Bus Speed: 667 MHz
Boot ROM Version: IM51.0090.B03
SMC Version (system): 1.8f2
Serial Number (system): W87043CYVUX
Hardware UUID: 00000000-0000-1000-8000-0017F2CF3582
iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Kamil Studios Calculating status...
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    Jul 31, 2010 6:53 PM (in response to helpineed)
    Hi! I think you should upgrade your RAM to 2gb minimum or go for 4gb for best performance.
    iMac Intel 21.5", Mac OS X (10.6.4), Macbook white, iMac G4
  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)
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    Jul 31, 2010 7:05 PM (in response to helpineed)
    help --

    1. What's taking up all the room?
    Videos? Music? What?

    2. Have you turned on Activity Monitor to check what's using up the CPU?

    3. Have you downloaded WhatSize to check out what's taking up room on your HD?
    15" MBP; 20"iMac Duo; 12 PB G4; mini; and a few more., Mac OS X (10.6.4), LaCie Ext. HD
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,600 points)
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    Jul 31, 2010 7:06 PM (in response to helpineed)
    There can be any number of reasons why a Mac slows down. An article from MacLife talking about 25 ways to speed up your Mac. Here is the link:



    25 Ways to Speed up Your Mac


    Regards,

    Roger
    iMac and Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3GS Airport Extreme Airport Express
  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)
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    Jul 31, 2010 7:55 PM (in response to helpineed)
    Hey Help --
    Now, up in the right hand corner, instead of "MY Processes" choose "All Processes."
    That will give you lots more information.
    And click in the "% of CPU" area to sort. (Largest to smallest)
    Alphabetical doesn't really tell you anything.
    15" MBP; 20"iMac Duo; 12 PB G4; mini; and a few more., Mac OS X (10.6.4), LaCie Ext. HD
  • ~Bee Level 7 Level 7 (30,580 points)
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    Jul 31, 2010 8:08 PM (in response to helpineed)
    SnapNDrag is using up a bunch of CPU.

    Have you downloaded WhatSize to tell what had increased your Space Used so much in the past month?
    15" MBP; 20"iMac Duo; 12 PB G4; mini; and a few more., Mac OS X (10.6.4), LaCie Ext. HD
  • den.thed Level 7 Level 7 (23,335 points)
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    Jul 31, 2010 8:25 PM (in response to helpineed)
    Your running a lot of stuff on 1GB of RAM.

    Switch from the "CPU" tab to the "System Memory" tab and see how much Inactive Memory you have, because it's unlikely that you have any Free. > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1342

    Likewise, if your HD is getting full then there is little or no space for Virtual Memory to work in.

    Or worse, switch to the "Disk Activity" tab if your HD is getting tired then your VM swapping will get even slower.
    17" Early Core Duo - 320GB WD Caviar Blue HDD - 2GB RAM - 21.5 LG Display -, Mac OS X (10.6.4), - Maxtor FireWire HD's - WD Passport - Nikon - Epson - 80GB Classic - iPad

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