iMac running sluggish! Help

Discussion in 'iMac' started by thechris69, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. thechris69 macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2005
    Alrighty.... im proud to say that i purchased a 17 inch C2D iMac back in september when I was 15 years old, all with money that I worked hard for...

    Now, about 7 months after I recieved the beast... im noticing minor-inconviences that werent apparent back when I first got the iMac...

    1. Slower boot-times... I could brag to my friends that my cpu could boot in under 20 seconds... now its up to about 30 seconds

    2. Takes much longer for basic apps to open, such as... iTunes, safari, msn messenger... etc..

    There are more. and im not willing to list all of them... as you can see my iMac wasnt the beast as it once was... some problems I think that relate to this minor slowdown are: mass downloads, age, constant use.. etc..

    Maybe I need more ram? I only have a gig...

    The hard-drive wasnt as full as it once was... from 160 gb to about 45 gb now...

    So my question is... is there any programs I can download that can clean up my computer and make it running as smooth as it once did without re-installing 10.4?? Thanks, any help would be RIDICULOUSLY appreciated:D :D :apple: :apple:
  2. Lovesong macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2006
    Stuck beween a rock and a hard place
    One of the more common things that happens, especially given your slower boor times, is that you have too many login items. Look under your user account. There should be a tab there that will list all the items that are opening once you login. The best thing to do is to get rid of them all.
    Another thing that might have happened, and I'm speaking from experience here, is that you tried downloading and installing something like ShapeShifter. That thing kills your speed, your boot time, and eats up RAM like popcorn. I doubt that your RAM is the issue- a gig should be enough, unless you're trying to run Photoshop, Shake, and Aperture at the same time, and you have plenty of hard drive space (when you get to under 4 GBs, you might notice some issues).
  3. WillJS macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2007
    Also try:

    Sys Prefs --> Startup Disk --> Make sure "Mac OS X on xxx" is selected. :)
  4. Sam* macrumors regular


    Feb 14, 2006
  5. thechris69 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2005
    i should of stated this at the begininng.... are there anny programs other then Disk Utility to just go around and clean up all the garbage in the computer... disk utility i find does absolutely nothing... so similar programs that clean up ur computer are what is needed for this predicament... any suggestions would be spectacular!:apple: :apple:
  6. dartzorichalcos macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2007
    Try Bye Bye Dashboard if you want. Dashboard can be a memory hog.
  7. MacBass macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2005
    La Crosse, WI
    Another slightly more involved process you could try is to empty your Cache folder. Its a little trick I picked up from Apple Care.
  8. Erendiox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 15, 2004
    Brooklyn NY
    You should take a look at Onyx.

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