Late 2009 Imac (Performance Issues)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by shenfrey, Jun 12, 2012.

  1. shenfrey macrumors 68000

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    So as title suggests, its a C2D 3.06 4GB DDR3 and all that other stuff, I am running Lion and its fully up to date. My problem is, when I am using many of lions features such as Mission Control, or launchpad it doesn't operate very smoothly infact stutters along. And sometimes my Imac can just slow to a crawl it would feel like, not often usually if its been on standby for more then 24 hours, or if I have many programmes open.

    I have done many tweaks such as disable dashboard and I have uninstalled alot of pointless software that I didn't want/need, but it has helped some just not alot. I was hoping you guys could give me some performance tweaks that will hopefully make my imac feel like new again, I only listen to music, watch films and browse the web with it. Real simple stuff.

    Thanks guys
     
  2. Razorhog macrumors 65816

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    For "like new" performance, you'll probably need to wipe it clean and reinstall OS X from scratch. At least that's the first thing that comes to mind for me.
     
  3. Mike Valmike macrumors 6502a

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    You need to max out the RAM. Go to OWC online, it won't cost you much and the installation is a piece of cake. Your iMac will run WAY better.
     
  4. bmcgrath macrumors 65816

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    Yeah ram is definitely a good place to start to speed things up!
     
  5. shenfrey thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ok, an extra 2Gb or 4GB? : )
     
  6. Mike Valmike macrumors 6502a

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    Max it out. RAM is dirt cheap these days. Go to OWC (macsales.com) (I have no affiliation, just a satisfied customer) and look up your model and it will tell you what RAM it will take. Buy it all. For example, I have an early 2009 iMac and it said my system would support 2x4GB of 1066 DDR or whatever. I bought it and it cost me all of $58. Installation was trivially easy -- if you turn your computer over, the instructions are printed on the bottom of the base. I'm not kidding. Give it a try, you'll be pleasantly surprised how easy this whole process is.
     
  7. shenfrey thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So just added 8GB of ram (total of 12 now) and its so much faster! Things open up nearly instantly and I no long have stutters when using Launchpad, mission control or anything else like that!

    Also the installation was a breeze, the hardest part was trying to find the right screwdriver to get the damn screws out! I can't believe how east it was : / I just slot the guys in and bam, my grand parents could of done that for me!

    Anyway thanks for the advice guys, worked like a charm : )
     

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