G4 running reallllly slow!!!! help!!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by z2046, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. z2046 macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2003
    ok. so i just bought a new scanner and dell 20" monitor.

    hooked it up and right away i noticed my mac got slower.

    from the file opening up to photoshop running.

    i have 768mb of ram and my mac is hooked up to a monitor, scanner, printer, external hard drive.

    do i need more memory? am i connecting too many things to my comptuer?

    how can i clean up my mac to make it faster?

    if i need memory, which is the best place to get them?

    thank you for all your help!!

  2. LimeiBook86 macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    How much hard drive space do you have free? If you do not have enough space free you will feel a drop in performence and things will seem to run slow. If your running Mac OS X open 'Activity Monitor' under Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilites. You will be able to see how much memory is being used and what programs are taking up the most memory and system resources, try ending some processes that are taking up the most if you want but, be careful about it.

    Good luck
  3. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    First, reboot. This will delete your virtual memory swap files. Logging out works too. Second, repair permissions using Disk Utility. This fixes most slowdowns. Other things can be suggested if that doesn't work.

    You have plenty of RAM for most purposes.
  4. macEfan macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2005
    Forbidden, you do not have access to that server
    Disk Utility= Appllications/Utilities/Disk Utility.

    I reccomend having at least 6gb of free hard disk space.
  5. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Question: What kind of scanner is it? If you installed the software that came with the scanner, that might be the source of the slowdown. Most scanners have some "instant access" buttons on them, and the software sometimes doesn't work right, slowing the computer down significantly (HP, I believe, had major issues with this at least at one point).
  6. z2046 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2003
    thank you for the suggestions.

    well. i have about 15 gb of hard drive space left...

    and i've used disk utilities many times to repair permission.

    i notice the slow response even more when i use photoshop.

    i'm not sure what to do now.

    oh. it is a epson scanner. and i do feel like it slowed down once i installed the scanner. but i try to uninstall and it was the same....
  7. faintember macrumors 65816


    Jun 6, 2005
    the ruins of the Cherokee nation
    Is your computer usually on, and awake, during the early hours of the morning? If not, use a program like MacJanitor or Onyx.

    You can also use AppleJack to repair the boot volume if needed, as well as do some other things.
  8. z2046 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2003

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