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Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by peterquinn, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    My iMac is running so slow I can hardly use the internet.

    I`m thinking of restarting my I have the mountian lion cd but dont have the original mac OS disc that came with the iMac when I bought it .

    it is;

    20-inch, Early 2008

    Processor 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

    Memory 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM


    Lots of memory is free but it is so slow.

    Can I restart the system with only the mountain lion disc?
     
  2. #2
    You can do a clean install with just the OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion disc, if it is indeed OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and not Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, since OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion does not come on a disc, unless you or someone else put it on a disc.


    2 GB of RAM is not enough for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. You can upgrade your iMac to 6 GB of 200-pin DDR2 SO-DIMM RAM via one 4 GB and one 2 GB module.


    Do you refer to the storage capacity, that is reported in Finder?

    "Memory" is not the same as "hard drive / storage capacity":


    If you want to enhance the performance of your Mac, be sure to check these two articles, do not just use applications, that promise to do it for you.
     
  3. macrumors newbie

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    thanks

    thanks, I updated my flash.

    still slow


    "2 GB of RAM is not enough for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. You can upgrade your iMac to 6 GB of 200-pin DDR2 SO-DIMM RAM via one 4 GB and one 2 GB module."

    How to do that?


    you are right, my disc is snow leopard. I think i should upgrade the memory before restarting.
     
  4. #4
    Did you try anything else?

    Open Activity Monitor and go to the System Memory* tab and look for Page Outs and Swap used and report back. Also select All Processes and then sort by CPU to show you the process(es) slowing down your Mac


    You buy 4 GB of RAM from places like Newegg, get a normal Phillips #1 screwdriver and shut down your Mac and remove the bottom plate and replace the existing RAM modules. This guide shows you how.
    I have a similar iMac model and it runs fine with 4 GB RAM and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

    The term "restarting" refers to shutting the computer down and starting it up again, nothing more.
    What you mean is "reinstalling the OS", which can be done via a clean install.

    To create a Clean Install (formerly known as Erase & Install) of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (the 19 USD Upgrade DVD is a fully working retail version of Mac OS X and does not need a prior installation of Mac OS X on the Mac), follow one of the following guides:
     
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