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Old Jul 29, 2005, 11:56 AM   #1
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emac has really slowed down...

I'm typing this on my family's 1 Ghz emac running 10.3.9 with 640 MB of RAM. It's been a while since I used it much, but right now I'm house sitting for my folks for a few days. Maybe my memory is just faulty (I used to have a 1Ghz 12" powerbook), or maybe I've gotten too used to my G5, but I'm finding this machine very very slow. Safari takes many (6? 7? 8?) bounces to open, webpages load slowly, and just switching between folders in iphoto is nightmarish. It seems like everything hangs before executing.

A 1 Ghz G4 with 640 RAM isn't blazing, but these are simple tasks, and the response time shouldn't be this bad, should it?? I know my PB wasn't like this, and my brother tells me that this emac does seem to be slowing down. I've repaired permissions, done the PRAM, all the usual basic maintenance. Any ideas?
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Old Jul 29, 2005, 12:27 PM   #2
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A 1 Ghz G4 with 640 RAM isn't blazing, but these are simple tasks, and the response time shouldn't be this bad, should it?? I know my PB wasn't like this, and my brother tells me that this emac does seem to be slowing down. I've repaired permissions, done the PRAM, all the usual basic maintenance. Any ideas?
I've heard that not having enough HD space left can greatly impact the speed of use. Sorry that's the best I could come up w/.
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Old Jul 29, 2005, 12:50 PM   #3
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Thanks for the idea; unfortunately, this machine has 39 GB free on a 60 GB hard drive, so I don't think that could be a factor.
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Reinstall OS X. Thats what I do every now and then, and your machine will be fast afterwards. I have an eMac 1.25, and Safari opens in 1.5 bounces.
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Please do not reinstall OSX!!

Repair permissions.

Reboot.

If that doesn't work, plenty of other things to try before dragging out the heavy artillery. But I'll bet it does.
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Please do not reinstall OSX!!

Repair permissions.

Reboot.

If that doesn't work, plenty of other things to try before dragging out the heavy artillery. But I'll bet it does.
Add to that:

If it's a machine that is always left on, log out and log back in.

Applications with memory leaks will hog resources ...

Checking with fsck and/or disk first aid is always a good idea -- since any catalog/system irregularities will slow the system.

Check for Norton Antivirus/System Thrasher also ... since they hog resources along with HP all-in-on USB printer-scanner drivers.

Other than that reinstalling is always a last resort unless you bork the system with some 3rd party mods that don't want to go away.
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Old Jul 29, 2005, 10:16 PM   #7
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Please do not reinstall OSX!!

Repair permissions.

Reboot.

If that doesn't work, plenty of other things to try before dragging out the heavy artillery. But I'll bet it does.
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I've repaired permissions, done the PRAM, all the usual basic maintenance. Any ideas?
QCassidy has already done that...
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Why is everyone so against him reinstalling os x? It's not that hard, nor does it take that long, and it will almost definetly take care of his problem unless he has some sort of hardware problem. I say do it.
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Checking with fsck and/or disk first aid is always a good idea -- since any catalog/system irregularities will slow the system.
mmm, that's a good idea. That will be my next step.

I'd rather not reinstall because it would require a lot of backing up, and unfortunately, I don't have an easy way to do that atm.
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Why is everyone so against him reinstalling os x? It's not that hard, nor does it take that long, and it will almost definetly take care of his problem unless he has some sort of hardware problem. I say do it.
Not everyone, just Sun Baked and myself as nearly as I can tell.

Because it is a waste of time, is why. I've been running OSX on three Macs for five years now and have never reinstalled the OS. Not once. Not even on upgrades. How is that possible?

Here's how: I've been running my Cube very hard over the past few days. It started to get really draggy. It was even taking about ten seconds just to go into sleep mode. So I logged out, logged back in. Everything back to normal. I do this regularly, and never have any major problems. If anything more serious occurs, I run a session of AppleJack, which I recommend with tiresome regularity. If you haven't tried AppleJack, then by no means have you tried everything and by no means have you justified an OSX reinstall.
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