iBook running extremely slow

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by BEETROOT, Nov 13, 2007.

  1. BEETROOT macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2006
    I was recently given a (supposedly) non-functional iBook. I reinstalled Tiger on it, and it did fine through the installation and initial startup. However, everything runs really, really slow. It will work normally for about 5 seconds, and then slow to a crawl. Opening system preferences just took 5 minutes. The beach ball shows up with nearly every click.

    Anyone know what this means? Bad ram? Bad HD? It is the 14" 1.42 ghz model with 756 mb ram.

    Oh yeah, the reason it was presumed dead was because the previous owner smacked it on something, and the LCD screen is bashed up. The rest of it seems physically fine, but it was subject to some sort of impact.

    Thanks for any advice.

  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    How much free hard drive space do you have? Have you run a disk verify in Disk Utility? Have you tried using the Apple Hardware Test?

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