8 Replies Latest reply: Aug 28, 2012 8:18 PM by retired
retired Level 1 (0 points)

I have a G5 OS X 10.4.3 desktop.  All of the sudden it is taking 5 minutes or more to log onto a user accounts-spinning wheel.  Once the spinning wheel stops its okay with all applications.  Then it takes 10 minutes or more before it shuts down.  Can anyone help me??

IMacG5, Mac OS X (10.4.3)
  • BGreg Level 6 (17,495 points)

    If you don't get an answer here, you might post in the iMac PowerPC discussion here.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,276 points)

    Open Activity Monitor in Applications>Utilities, select All Processes & sort on CPU%, any indications there?


    How much RAM & free space do you have also, click on the Memory & Disk Usage Tabs.

    Open Console in Utilities & see if there are any clues or repeating messages


    In the Memory tab, are there a lot of Pageouts?


  • Allan Jones Level 7 (33,967 points)

    Slow booting and slow loading of user settings can portend a hard drive failure. I'd get everything backed up while the computer still boots.


    Use Disk Utility to check the SMART status of the drive.

  • retired Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you!  Everything you listed seems to be ok - CPU%:pmTool/0.90;kernel_task0.20;Window server/0.10.  512MB free space and 206.45MB used.  13408 page ins/0 page outs.  Allan Jones (another reply I received) seems to think the computer is heading toward a hard drive failure - ewww  :-(( !!  Thanks again!

  • retired Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you, Allan.  I do not have the option of checking the SMART status on the drive.  I have First Aid, Erase, RAID, and Restore.  The buttons are: Verify Disk Permissions, Repair Disk Permissions, and Verify Disk.  I have a newer Mac so I won't be out of commission if this goes out.  I may have to take this one in to the Apple store in Phx and have it looked at.  Thanks again!

  • retired Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you, I think I will do that as the other helpful suggestions I received did not do the trick.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,276 points)

    In Disk utility, highlight the whole drive, not the Partion below & a bit to the right, look near the bottom of the page for SMART Status, or get Smart Reporter...



  • retired Level 1 (0 points)

    Ahh, yes, there it is, thank you.  S.M.A.R.T. status - verified.  Now... what does that mean in relation to a disk failure??