beachball of death constant is it the ram???

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by redgaz26, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. redgaz26 macrumors 68020

    redgaz26

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    Beachball is constant. Repaired permissions, verified disk says fine, ran hardware test says fine, also ran onyx which doesnt say theres any problems, is there anything else I can do to test this mac before I buy some new ram?
    its a 20" imac aluminium from 2008 with 1g ram(not mine my mums)
     
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

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    What are you trying to do with your mum's iMac. Basic stuff like the internet, emails etc, or something a bit more demanding like heavy duty video editing? If it's only the first, then 1 gig should be plenty.
     
  3. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

    Jason Beck

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    Copy apps, docs, and pics to a backup drive and do a clean reinstall.
     
  4. redgaz26 thread starter macrumors 68020

    redgaz26

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    It's just the basic stuff she uses, bit of photo editing nothing heavy duty. The mac is running so slow it's almost unusable. I'll do a clean reinstall see what happens.
     
  5. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

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    My daughter's MacBokk got like that. The reinstall fixed it.
     

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