iMac G5 gettin' slower with Beachball/spinning pizza more frequent...

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by terraform, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. terraform macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2004

    I bought an iMac G5 a couple of months ago and it seems to be getting slower and slower. At first I rarely saw the spinning beachball now it comes up quite frequently. I only have 512 megs of ram. Should I upgrade to 1 gig? Any information you can offer to speed up my imac would be greatly appreciated!


    Don :)
  2. maya macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2004
    somewhere between here and there.
    Have you tried emptying the "System Cache" and other cache such as Safari, etc.... that is usually one reason why the system slows down. Its the nature of Unix and Mac OS X in general.

    Try a restart and it should be zippy again. :)
  3. Leareth macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2004
    I noticed the same thing a week ago.
    Cleaning all the caches did not seem to do anything so I just reinstalled the OS and it is back to fast and smooth.
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    If a restart, or logging out and logging back in don't do it.

    Start up in Single User mode and run fsck, or use the CD/DVD and run Disk Utilities/Disk First Aid.

    There are times the increasing appearances of the spinning beachball is the first sign of a coming flashing question mark (aka, machine no longer will boot) -- not worth the risk that there's a file system problem when it's soo easy to check.
  5. terraform thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2004
    slow no more

    Thanks for all the replys! I did upgrade to 1 gig of ram and tried a couple of your suggestions. Seems to be back on track again.

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