i Mac 21" slowing down

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Dasha, Nov 24, 2013.

  1. Dasha macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2008
    I am running Snow Leopard on a 21" iMac with 2GB of Ram. The Activity Monitor tells me I only have 110.5 MB free and the problem I have is that the computer of late has slowed down with the rotating coloured beach ball showing up in particular just after startup when waiting to open a program.
    If I was to increase the amount of RAM would it possibly help over come this situation??
  2. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    Yes, it definitely would help. What model iMac do you have?
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    2GB of RAM is insufficient. For SL, you should have at least 4, or even better, 8.

    Also, you should consider getting an SSD. Extra RAM only helps in multitasking, but won't reduce beach balls.
  4. Dasha, Nov 25, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2013

    Dasha thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2008
    Slow running iMac

    I have a iMac 7,1 two core duo 2.4 GHz Mid year 2007 Model, first of the aluminium body types with a 320 GB HDD.
    I have 225 GB left on the HDD and have run checks on it which where OK.

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