IMAC Woes Problems with current IMAC

Discussion in 'iMac' started by 2MacalypseNow, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. 2MacalypseNow macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2007
    Here are the stats:

    Model Name: iMac
    Model Identifier: iMac5,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.16 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 4 MB
    Memory: 1 GB
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz

    The problem is my browsers are beachballin/pinwheeling frequently. They just lock up. Netflix seems to be freezing as well when I use video stream feature. This week I decided to defrag and also to use mackeeper. It's too soon to tell if the browser is going to freeze/lock on me. My questions are,

    1) I bought this refurbished in 2007, is it time for a new one?

    2) If it's not, what steps should I do to get away from these beachballing/pinwheeling browser locks?

    Currently I have 48 GB's free & I have 250 GB hard drive. No idea what happened in the last year or so. Everything has just been getting worse in turn of browser lock ups. One interesting thing is it's not crashing though when before it would crash if it couldn't handle something at a specific time. I have lots of music files but that won't effect my browser performance, right? I guess I could move over more files to an external drive. Just want to get this corrected this month. Just wondering what causes browser lock ups & the remedies for this.

    Does this sound familiar to anyone? I use Flock currently as my browser. But it happens with all the browsers eventually. Any suggestions would be helpful. Even if it means buy a new refurb'd IMAC and just save yourself the stress and time. If that's the case, what is the best way to avoid this browser lock up? Is it system performance speed that could be causing this? Thanks again for any suggestions to my current MACrisis :D

    Update: Right after I posted this and left to get some food, guess what happened? Beachball/Pinwheel screen freeze jubilee :D It isn't that bad right now but it gets progressively worse as the week rolls by.
  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    I suspect you broke it. OS X does not need defrag.

    What I would do
    0- create another user and test
    if it works fine in another user then you have installed something that messed up the main account, if it still does not work

    1- backup all data on external drive, confirm that it works
    2- format drive
    3- reinstall OS X. Create user not the same name as regular account, update OS X.
    4- test browser & apps
    5- use migration assistant to transfer your old user back from external drive
    6- if there's a problem after you transferred then it's your user account, look for info to transfer files manually.
  3. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    Actually this sounds like HD failure to me.

    Open Console and see if you see any "Disk I/O" error messages. If you see even a single one, your disk is on the way out.

    This would impact browsing as any browser will be caching content to the HD.
  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    :eek: Buying and installing more RAM would probably be a good start.
  5. drewyboy macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2005
    Amen to that! I've rocking a early 2007 macbook on 1 gig of ram and holy crap I want to cry sometimes, but I just can't justify buying more when I know the next update to the iMac, I'm probably going to bite. By the way, same experiences as the OP, it's the 1gig of ram.
  6. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    Mac os never needs defraging and what did you run with Mackeeper?
  7. biggd macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2008
    All of the above are correct

    Also, go into system prefs, user accounts, and make sure u you don't have too many programs running at startup
    Make sure you also have more then 12% free hard drive space
    Download and Run onyx on ur system to clean it up. (helped me)
    And u may also have spyware
  8. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    You may what to try Sophos anti virus to see if any rogue programs are installed.
  9. Paulywauly macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    Durham, UK
    If your hard disc is fine im sure your you'll most likely need more ram. I had the same model and same amount of ram, it did the same thing before i maxed it out to 3GB which stopped it.

    My new ones doing the same thing too on 4GB and it happens when all the ram has been used and its doing alot of Page Outs to disc.
  10. skyvueone macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2010
    Seen this and fixed it.
    If you have snow leopard, do a clean install of your original OS ( 2007 should be Leopard ) and your problems should be solved. I had the same problem. Did a clean re install with snow and the beach-ball came back within 24 hres:eek: .Clean install again without snow and no more beach-ball :confused: :rolleyes: , it s been 2 months now.
    it worked for me
    good luck :)

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