G5 with Leopard running SLOW!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by walesgrom, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. walesgrom macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    I am looking for help with my G5 1.8 mhz that is running very slow. I have had it for a few year and it just started running show.

    My HD has only about 10 gig free and i was freeing up room but now it runs slow. Can I run a program to fix the problem?

    Info about mac
    G5 1.8
    1 gig memory
    80 HD

    Thanks Dan:confused:
  2. Reflow macrumors 68000


    Mar 30, 2005
    Try installing applejack. You will have to google it for the link.
  3. bizzle macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2008
    You answered the question in your plea for help. Your processor is 1.8 MHz!!

    Joking aside, check two things.

    First, hard drive SMART status; http://www.volitans-software.com/products.php

    Second, if you have an iMac G5 without an iSight, pop the back off (three screws near the RAM door and the back will lift off. Check to see if any capacitors are leaking. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague
  4. walesgrom thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    Thanks for the help
    The capacitors look fine, yeah i know the 1.8 doesnt help much. I have plans on a new 2.6 but still need to use this one. One other question, would it be better to put Tiger back in?
  5. madog macrumors 65816


    Nov 25, 2004
    Korova Milkbar
    You could try adding 2gb of RAM to it. If you installed Leopard recently and noticed it slow down, it's because Leopard requires more RAM@512mb or quite possibly was installed over your old OS and that is causing the issue. So 1gb is recommended, but otherwise 2gb would help that much more depending on what you are doing with it. If it's running slow because you have many applications open or something similarly intense then that would be an issue.

    If it's just arbitrarily running slow regardless of what you are doing, then you MAY have system errors or otherwise a hard drive issue. That's not always the case but is a possibility.

    You can boot up from your system disk and run Disk Utility to repair disk/permissions and also download a free app such as Onyx or Cocktail that run some maintanence cleaning scripts on your system.

    Or you can forego any utilities and boot up from your system disk and perform an Archive and Install (recommended if you recently installed Leopard, and didn't perform this or a clean install) while preserving user data to completely reinstall the base system (as it doesn't remove the old system you would need enough space on your drive). If you have a complete backup of all your data you can also just chose to completely format and do a clean reinstall of the OS, ensuring that everything is pristine and new.

    If the problem persists after a format, then you've most liekly got a hardware issue on your hands.

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