iMac running a bit slow and won't sleep properly

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nigrunze, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. nigrunze macrumors regular

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    Hi. A few days ago, I updated our iMac from 10.5.4 (which was working great) to 10.5.6 . After the update, the computer often froze when I put it to sleep. I would put the computer to sleep, the screen and hard drive turned off, but the fans stayed on. The computer wouldn't respond to anything at that point, so my only choice was to force a power off by holding the power button. It didn't always have this problem and I think it might be related to Front Row. Repairing permissions didn't help.

    Last night, I tried to avoid that problem by shutting off the iMac after using Front Row instead of sleeping it. Same problem, computer shut down (mostly), but the fans stayed on. I forced a power off. This morning when I woke up, I turned the computer on. I saw the spinning wheel like normal, but the wheel froze right before the screen usually changes to the blue background. So after a bit of waiting with no progress, I forced a power off. I turned it on and got into OS X, but it took about twice as long as it usually does.

    It took about as long to start up when I got home and Firefox ran kind of slowly right after boot for a few minutes. Now it's running okay. Does anyone know if these problems could have been caused by performing an "Upgrade" to Leopard rather than doing an "Archive And Install"? What would be the best way(s) to get the computer running smoothly again?

    Thanks.
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Sounds like you just had an issue with the update. You're not the only one. The best solution is just to run an archive & install with the installer set to preserve user and network settings. After that's done with, patch up and hopefully you'll be as good as new.
     
  3. nigrunze thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. I was thinking about doing that, but I wanted to know if there are any alternatives that don't involve reinstalling the OS.
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    No, when you have a failed update that's prettymuch what it comes down to as far as I know. It's not a particularly inconvenient process, though. Get it going, go for a cup of coffee, reboot and patch up.

    I do suggest that you deselect all the frills - printer drivers, language localizations, etc. - unless you're actually going to be using them. Doing so will save you an unbelievable amount of space.
     

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