iMac G5 really slow

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by chocolate632, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. chocolate632 macrumors 6502

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    Hi,

    I got a white iMac G5 about a year ago. Everything has been working fine until recently when I started to notice that its REALLY SLOW. What I mean by this is that whenever I try to open an application, load my widgets or basically do anything, it is really slow and Im seeing A LOT of beach balls. Just as i started typing in the title for this tread, it gave me a beachball. This computer is not that old so it should still be running smoothly.

    Does anyone know why this is happening?

    btw: I have 1GB of RAM, but it still operate really slow when I only have a few application open.

    Thanks
     
  2. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    Do you have something running in the background or have you recently installed something different, if not Then do you have apple care?
     
  3. chocolate632 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How could I check if their is anything running in the background? And what kind of process would i be looking for?

    And no, i don't have Apple Care
     
  4. airjuggernaut macrumors 6502a

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    Well, to check goto your applications folder, look for the utilities folder and then look for activity monitor.


    Do you have leopard by any chance?
     
  5. CarlosG macrumors member

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    Open the terminal (applications/utilities/) and type "top" and press enter.
    See what is hogging your processor time (the percentages).

    Personally, I would just back all your stuff up and do a fresh install. You've probably got a background process going screwy, I once had this with Flip4Mac.

    I used to have a iMac G5 1.6 and that thing would still be good for day-to-day stuff now.
     
  6. chocolate632 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for all your help, but I think im just going to reinstall leopard. I was actually thinking about getting a new hard drive. Does anyone know where I could get one that works with my iMac and how I would install it?

    Thanks
     

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