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  • MichelPM Level 6 Level 6 (10,110 points)

    After having the assistance and going through your system to help speed it up some, even with no Page in or outs, I still believe that the additonal installation of another 2 GBs of RAM may still help your iMac.

    OS X, by itself, can use between and up to  2-4 GBs of RAM to run smoothly, quickly and efficiently

    And OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is capable, at times, of eating up all of 3-4 GBs of RAM.

    Having 2 GB of extra RAM in there is good for running more processes or giving running applications some additonal RAM when it is needed.

    This is entirely up to you. Replacing one of the 2 Gb RAM modules with a 4 GB module would help with some background tasks and processing.

    Correct and reliable Mac RAM can be purchased from online Mac RAM sources Crucial memory or OWC (

    Here's OWC's link to the 4 GB RAM module.



    Good Luck!

  • Matchless350 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    As far as I was aware, I thought my particular iMac was limited to 4GB of RAM?  I have already upgraded from 2GB to 4GB, which I was lead to believe was the maximum possible.  The upgrade you mention is news to me?

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (7,355 points)

    you can upgrade to 6GB as already said in this thread: when intrducing a new mac model, Apple gives the max upgrade figures, but afterwaards it has been found out and tested by others that it can be a bit more.

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (7,355 points)

    If you read this thread through you will see that all already has been said.

  • Matchless350 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi All


    Just an update on my original post; having carried out the various tasks etc. suggested by Lex and others, my iMac seems to be performing much better and faster these last few days. Most operations have really speeded up whilst other more minor problems still need work.  Having mulled over the various options open to me I have decided to wait to see how things progress with my iMac and keep an eye on the introduction of possible new improved models, including those with OS Maverick when it is released.



    Many thanks for all the suggestions and help.

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (7,355 points)

    everybody happy, great to be of service......have fun with your bike.

  • MichelPM Level 6 Level 6 (10,110 points)

    Glad things are better with your iMac!!!


  • vermontom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


    Would you be willing to look over my EtreCheck assessment and give some suggestions?  If so, keep in mind I need some detailed instructions on how/what to change in my computer.  I still get a little nervous deleting/uninstalling things.  If not, do you have suggestions on who I could contact? 

    Here's my assessment below in case you're game!  Thanks in advance for any info! 


    Hardware Information:

              iMac (24-inch, Early 2008)

              iMac - model: iMac8,1

              1 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU: 2 cores

              2 GB RAM


    Video Information:

              ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro - VRAM: 256 MB


    Audio Plug-ins:

              BluetoothAudioPlugIn: Version: 1.0

              AirPlay: Version: 1.9

              AppleAVBAudio: Version: 2.0.0

              iSightAudio: Version: 7.7.3


    Startup Items:

              comapcpcpestart - Path: /Library/StartupItems/comapcpcpestart

              MySQLCOM - Path: /Library/StartupItems/MySQLCOM


    System Software:

              OS X 10.9 (13A603) - Uptime: 0 days 8:1:17


    Disk Information:

              ST31000524AS disk0 : (1 TB)

                        EFI (disk0s1) <not mounted>: 209.7 MB

                        Macintosh HD (disk0s2) /: 999.35 GB (303.08 GB free)

                        Recovery HD (disk0s3) <not mounted>: 650 MB


    USB Information:

              Apple Inc. Built-in iSight


              Apple, Inc. Keyboard Hub

                        Apple, Inc Apple Keyboard





              Apple Computer, Inc. IR Receiver


              Canon MP470 series


              Apple Inc. BRCM2046 Hub

                        Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller


    FireWire Information:


    Thunderbolt Information:


    Kernel Extensions:

              com.logmein.driver.LogMeInSoundDriver          (1.0.2)

              com.Cycling74.driver.Soundflower          (1.5.1)


    Problem System Launch Daemons:


    Problem System Launch Agents:


    Launch Daemons:

              [loaded] com.adobe.fpsaud.plist

              [loaded] com.adobe.SwitchBoard.plist

              [loaded] com.lacie.desktopmanager.service.plist

              [not loaded] com.logmein.logmeinblanker.plist

              [loaded] com.logmein.logmeinserver.plist


              [loaded] com.sonos.smbbump.plist

              [loaded] com.trusteer.rooks.rooksd.plist


    Launch Agents:

              [not loaded] com.adobe.AAM.Updater-1.0.plist

              [loaded] com.adobe.CS5ServiceManager.plist

              [loaded] com.flipvideo.FlipShare.AutoRun.plist

              [loaded] com.lacie.eventsactions.launcher.agent.plist

              [failed] com.logmein.LMILaunchAgentFixer.plist

              [loaded] com.logmein.logmeingui.plist

              [loaded] com.logmein.logmeinguiagent.plist

              [not loaded] com.logmein.logmeinguiagentatlogin.plist

              [loaded] com.trusteer.rapport.rapportd.plist


    User Launch Agents:


              [loaded] com.facebook.videochat.tom.plist


              [failed] com.veoh.webplayer.startup.plist


    User Login Items:







    3rd Party Preference Panes:

              3ivx MPEG-4

              APC PowerChute Personal Edition

              Application Enhancer



              Flash Player

              Flip4Mac WMV


              Logitech Control Center



              Trusteer Endpoint Protection


    Internet Plug-ins:




              Default Browser.plugin



              Flash Player.plugin


              Flip4Mac WMV Plugin.plugin

              Google Earth Web Plug-in.plugin




              QuickTime Plugin.plugin

              RealPlayer Plugin.plugin


              Unity Web Player.plugin

              Veoh Plugin.plugin


    User Internet Plug-ins:







    Bad Fonts:



    Time Machine:

              Skip System Files: NO

              Auto backup: YES

              Volumes being backed up:

                        Macintosh HD: Disk size: 999.35 GB Disk used: 696.27 GB


                        LaCie [Local] (Last used)

                        Total size: 2 TB

                        Total number of backups: 2

                        Oldest backup: 2012-06-24 01:15:17 +0000

                        Last backup: 2013-10-25 14:27:03 +0000

                        Size of backup disk: Too small

                                  Backup size 2 TB < (Disk used 696.27 GB X 3)


    Top Processes by CPU:

                   2%          WindowServer

                   1%          iPhoto

                   1%          EtreCheck

                   0%          ocspd

                   0%          SystemUIServer

                   0%          Safari

                   0%          rapportd

                   0%          fontd

                   0%          aosnotifyd


    Top Processes by Memory:

              94 MB              Safari

              86 MB    

              86 MB              mds_stores

              68 MB              iPhoto

              49 MB              iTunes

              43 MB              Mail

              35 MB              firefox-bin

              33 MB              WindowServer

              29 MB    

              20 MB              EtreCheck


    Virtual Memory Statistics:

              36 MB              Free RAM

              664 MB             Active RAM

              627 MB             Inactive RAM

              316 MB             Wired RAM

              1.50 GB            Page-ins

              307 MB             Page-outs

  • vermontom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The above is in response, of course, to our slow computer.  I can usually be patient with it, but my wife has a hard time with it.  I'm tired of hearing her frustration, so I thought I'd see if it could be rememdied!   Thanks again.

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (7,355 points)

    1. Your wife has been buying the fake Hermes things? They have left a tracker:

    in Library/LaunchDaemons  delete  . Then empty the Trash bin.

    2. Completely Uninstall  Trusteer / Report !

    3. Uninstall Adobe Switchboard.

    4. Uninstall RealPlayer, Shockwave, Silverlight, Growl, 3iVX, Soundflower. Quicksilver.

    You can use VLC later when evrything is clean.

    5. Do you use Logmein as Host or Client ???

    6. Uninstall BrowserPlus, Shapeshifter, ApplicationEnhancer, FB, everything Lacie, comapcpcpestart.

    Restart, run a new Etrecheck list.

    There is more to do.


  • R C-R Level 6 Level 6 (16,750 points)

    LexSchellings wrote:

    1. Your wife has been buying the fake Hermes things? They have left a tracker:

    in Library/LaunchDaemons  delete  . Then empty the Trash bin.

    FYI, has nothing to do with Hermes fashion products, fake or otherwise. It is part of Rogue Amoeba's Audio Hijack Pro. It may not be fully functional with Mavericks, but it should not slow down the mac either.


    Silverlight, as long as it is up to date, should not be a problem either, & may be necessary for certain apps like Hulu desktop to run.

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (7,355 points)

    merci for the Rogue. Sliverlight and the other audio things are not necessary normally. The "cleaning" was not meant to speed things up, but to clean. The Trusteer is causing trouble and maybe the Lacie also.

  • vermontom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, the rogue media is about the Audio Hijack.  And I know that Silverlight is used with our netflix instant account.

    Trusteer is something that checks bank sites that we use to make sure they are real.  Should I still get rid of that?

    Soundflower is connected to Rogue which I use quite a bit.  Should I keep that?  Logmein I rarely use and could do without (free account).  Should I uninstall that? Uninstall FB? Is that Facebook? And will it affect our accounts?  And Lacie is my back up external drive.  Should I keep that?

    Sorry for all the questions.  I just want to make sure I don't cause any other problems with things we use all the time.  And thanks for your help!



  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (7,355 points)


    - Yes Trusteer / Report has to go, completely, see all the reports in this forum and other forums.

    - Soundflower is considered causing issues, but I have no longtime experience: only tested in MountainLion (just after MLion was available) and it did not do well in my system.

    - Sound software: in general I expect problems from software that digs in the system too deep, that is why I installed the VLC application and threw out all the others, including divx. Never had a problem since.

    - How about the Logmein question?

    - For Facebook you do not need FB, and if so, you can reinstall.

    - A backup drive well formatted and used with a mac absolutely does not need any drivers and other (Lacie) software (WD, Lacie, Seagate and others have all sorts of softwares, but with Macs you should not install those, see other threads and forums), also my own experience and testing (but when you have a Lacie Raid, you need the raid software).

    We have still to do more cleaning.

  • vermontom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)


    Thanks.  I will go through the steps you gave and run a new report.

    On the Logmein question, I'm not sure what it means to be  a host or client.  I downloaded a free version of it years ago and used it a few times to access my computer remotely, but I have rarely used it, and wouldn't miss it if you said I should remove it.  I hope that helps...  Thanks again.