2006 iMac Speed

Discussion in 'iMac' started by CityOfDelusion, Jun 16, 2013.

  1. CityOfDelusion macrumors newbie


    Apr 28, 2013
    Hi, I have a 2006 iMac, 2.16 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 GB Ram and over the years my computer has gotten considerably slower. I don't plan on upgrading the ram or taking it apart to change anything, but I do notice it get slower over time. I plan on either buying an iMac or just building a computer soon but I want to use the last bit of life I have left on this computer. I do a pretty good job of keeping the computer clean and wonder if there is anything else I could do to make it faster and and maybe let it last longer. I know the basics of keeping it clean but I was wondering if there is anything not as common that will help it. Is there anything I've missed about keeping a computer fast a clean?
  2. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    Have you tried a clean install of snow leopard?
  3. CityOfDelusion thread starter macrumors newbie


    Apr 28, 2013
    Doesn't that erase everything on your hard drive though? Does reinstalling it make it significantly faster?
  4. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Add RAM, I think that model supports 3GB.

    Switch the HDD out for a SSD. My 2006 c2d runs like a new computer after I did that. However it's a bit of work.
  5. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2009
    Folsom, CA
    Yes but if you have a backup (use Time Machine or create a bootable clone on an external HD) then after the clean install you can restore easily from your backup.
  6. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Either upgrade your memory or buy a new computer. Those are your only real choices for performance improvement.

    Reinstalling probably won't help as applications like web browser tend to want to use more memory with each new version.
  7. r6mile macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2010
    London, UK
    I'm currently using a late-2006 16" iMac, with a Core 2 Duo. It has been upgraded to 3GB of RAM and a 80GB SSD, and runs Lion 10.7.5. This thing flies, from power on to login screen in 23 seconds.

    The reason why your computer gets slower is because newer apps tend to take up more resources over time. Upgrade the RAM, put in an SSD, and you'll feel like you got a new computer.
  8. StephenCampbell macrumors 65816

    Sep 21, 2009
    The 2006 iMacs were designed to slow down with time unconditionally. There are miniature gnomes with blow torches in there that slowly fry everything.

    Just kidding. But from what I've seen it does seem that way.

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