My Activity Monitor says:Beachball is usually the RAM but not always. Either way, more information would be helpful.
What kind of stuff are you doing when it happens? How much do you have open at one time? Also, what kind of information is your activity monitor showing as far as RAM and CPU usage?
If it is the RAM, even with 8GB, it could still run a little sluggish. It all depends on what you're doing which is why I ask the above.
I am using Safari - When I turn on the iMac - I usually get message "No internet Connection" then it works?What do you define as "slow" and "a lot of beach balls" by the way? Also, you say you use it for email and internet? What program and browser are you using? Firefox, for instance, has been known to cause a lot of beach balls. Especially when it has been on the computer for awhile.
Unless it's something going on with your HDD you should be getting plenty of speed with that much free RAM and CPU. My iMac usually has no more than 4GB of RAM free and still runs fast by my standards.
Are you on the latest firmware? There was a patch released for the wifi issue.I am using Safari - When I turn on the iMac - I usually get message "No internet Connection" then it works?
How do I get the wifi patch? Is that under software updates?Are you on the latest firmware? There was a patch released for the wifi issue.
Although I fail to see how that constitutes as the computer running slow. It is just taking a slight amount of time to pick up the internet connection. Unless it's for an obscenely long time that seems like normal behaviour to me.
I have a mid 2011 base iMac 21.5" 500gb HD which runs slow - I get alot of beachballs.