4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 31, 2012 4:25 PM by amib8zs
amib8zs Level 1 Level 1

I am new to mac and got rid of a 12yr old dell/w98,old age slowwwwww,locked up.

The kid in the store told me from what I xplained all I would need is what I got.I told him the most capacity I would need would be for some tunes and photos.

"About this Mac"

2.5 GH Quad core Intel i5

6mb shared lvl 3 cache

4g mem

5 g hd


Some pages on the WWW load slow,blue bar sits for 15 20 seconds and if I stop and refresh,BOOM page loads rite up.

Is this due to the web site or did I not buy enough whatever.I dont know which components controls that funchtion.



My current connection is:


DSL Link:Connected

Connection Speed:
Incoming:1536 kbps
Outgoing:384 kbps

Hope I bought enough computer?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion
Solved by Allan Jones on Aug 31, 2012 11:44 AM Solved
Incoming:1536 kbps



Not very speedy by today's standards. We have very fast internet at the house but I take my older MacBook Pro along when I volunteer at a local museum. They have the same service speed as you and the Mac, which is a speedy performar on cable at home, can take a long time to load some pages.


Another factor is "ping." In simplest terms, it is how long it takes the computer to negotiate witht a server. I've used 1500 kbps internet in a location that had a long ping time and it "felt" worse than dial-up. The ping at home is 40-100 depending on the server; the ping in that other location was about 2200. Nearly useless.


You can use this online tool to see both your ping and down/upload speeds:




Post what you get for "ping."


Every year, web pages get more complex and that means the slower speeds feel slower yet. You have enough computer but may be suffering from a too-slow ISP.


Oh, and welcome! Should have said that first!

Reply by baltwo on Aug 31, 2012 1:19 PM Helpful

FWIW and as Alan pointed out, your DSL connection lags basic cable performance: usually at about 10 Mbps. I dropped DSL eight years ago because they couldn't provide their advertised speeds. The further you're away from their central office, the worse it gets. Don't know if cable's an option, but you might want to look into switching.


Since you're new, see these:

Switching from Windows to Mac OS X,
Basic Tutorials on using a Mac,
Mac 101: Mac Essentials,
Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts,
Anatomy of a Mac,
Switching to Mac Superguide, and
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mountain Lion Edition.


Additionally, *Texas Mac Man* recommends:


Quick Assist,
Welcome to the Switch To A Mac Guides,
Take Control E-books, and
A guide for switching to a Mac.

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