May 10, 2012, 10:53 PM
I got a 27" Imac running OSX Lion 10.7.3 3.4 Ghz i7 4GB RAM 1TB HD.
I thought this machine would be bullet fast but as soon as I tried Photoshop, photos take many seconds to load; even processing takes a long time, for example just using the brush takes for-ever.
Also problems with Safari connecting to sites such as ebay or youtube. Ebay doesn't load all the elements on the main page. Ebay logo doesn't even show.
ANY help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
May 11, 2012, 12:20 AM
One thing I would recommend that you do would be to check out Cnet's helpful guide on Mac general maintenance (http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-20005830-263/mac-general-maintenance-recommendations/); following these steps can help a slow and sluggish computer.
Is Spotlight indexing while you are trying to work? You can tell by clicking on the Spotlight icon in the top right corner of the taskbar. If you see a progress bar with the indexing of your drive, then wait until that is done, and your performance will improve markedly.
Did you load your data and apps from Migration Assistant or from a previous Time Machine backup? I've heard that this can cause slow-downs in a Mac system, as opposed to copying files over manually. This probably isn't the case, but you never know.
Open all your programs as if you were using your Mac normally. Then launch Activity Monitor: what's the RAM usage look like? If you find that most of your free memory is eaten up, and your system is paging out frequently, then you can always upgrade your RAM. Although 4GB sounds like a lot, heavy programs like Photoshop will soak up as much memory as they can get.
While you are in Activity Monitor, check the list of processes running; is there anything running that shouldn't be, or that you don't recognize? If so, kill them and check back AM frequently, seeing if they come back and restart. Sort your process list by memory usage. Which programs and processes are using the most RAM? In this way, you can get an idea of where your Mac's resources are going.
I hope these suggestions help you, and that they encourage you to continue to find other methods and solutions. Congratulations on buying your new Mac! Once you resolve these performance issues, I'm sure you'll love it. :)