Incredibly slow iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Sambo110, Oct 15, 2014.

  1. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

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    My mum has a 2007 iMac, running some OS that has the App Store. It is incredibly slow. I'm talking 30 second waits to open System Preferences. She doesn't care, as she rarely uses it. But soon she has to work from home for a week, so she'll need to use it. Is there anything that can be done to speed it up? Would a reinstall of the OS do anything? It seems to constantly be using 1.99/2.0gb ram, though I fail to see what's actually using that much, it lists about 500mb in use at any one time.
     
  2. page404 macrumors regular

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    A reinstall would be the easiest option I guess. Make a Time Machine backup, reinstall OS X from scratch (erasing your existing partitions), and restore only the documents, images etc from the backup.
    But you should be able to see in the activity monitor what process is eating all the memory.
     
  3. Sambo110 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That's what I thought. I did an estimate on the memory usage, and it sits probably around 400-600mb. Though it says apps alone are taking up 1.2gb, it makes no sense.
     

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