lots of beachballs

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by smooshy, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. smooshy macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2005
    Hi everyone,
    thanks for your help with topics I've posted in the past. I've been reading a few posts, and I'm starting to think I'm not experiencing the performance I should be getting out of my iBook. It's a new G4, bought 2 weeks ago. I upgraded to 1Gb of ram, with the 40Gb HD. I seem to be getting beachballs quite often, even just when opening a document. The computer will usually completely freeze when java or a flash website is running. During these times, Safari is usually the only program running.. I usually completely quit programs when I'm done with them. What can I do to improve performance? I often get a beachball for a couple of seconds even when I'm just opening the finder..
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Go to About This Mac from the Apple menu and see if the new 1GB of RAM is registering. Then, if it is, open up Activity Monitor from the Utilities folder in your Applications folder and see which processes are taking up all of your resources. :)
  3. sie0174@gmail.c macrumors newbie

    Oct 1, 2004
    java is pretty borked in safari right now (and has been since 10.4). use firefox instead.
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Take out the memory and run Disk First Aid and/or fsck -y on the drive.

    Good chance the memory "may" be causing problems, this may also have corrupted the file system/catalog on the drive -- small chance, but if you do not check in now you may have major problems later.
  5. yenko macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2005
    Where, may I ask, did you purchase your RAM at?

    Remove the RAM you installed, and see if performance improves.
  6. smooshy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2005
    It's from Apple, they installed it.. I got the computer made to order.

    I'll try the other things mentioned above, but let me know if you have any other suggestions!

    Thanks for the suggestions eveyone...

    Oh, also, I can't seem to get java to work in firefox. It's enabled in preferences, but it doesn't load when I try, that's why I use it in Safari, which doesn't work well at all.
  7. wrxguy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 4, 2005
    Deepest Regions of Hell
    this months issue of "Mac Addict" and "Mac World" both have great articles on how to help you on this problem

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