Mountain Lion on Older Macs

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by Sambo110, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

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    My iMac (in sig) was nice and fast... until I upgraded to Lion. Now it is slow, and freezes often, while doing simple things like web browsing. I thought I read a while ago that Mountain Lion will be faster on older Mac's, but I'm not sure if this is true or not. So, does anyone know if it will be?
     
  2. clukas macrumors 6502a

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    did you upgrade to lion? It could be that some files got corrupted or your HD has errors. If you can, a clean install might fix all the problems for you. An upgrade to mountain lion is unlikely to fix anything.

    p.s. If you use time machine. A clean install followed by a time machine restore is not a clean install. If you want a "clean" clean install you have to backup all you data manually.
     
  3. Sambo110 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I did, and I don't think it's anything like that. It's a ram problem, I'm 99% sure of it. At the moment, with 4 applications and 4 tabs open, 1.96/2gb of ram is used.
     
  4. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    You should really consider installing more RAM, it will really speed things up. Looks like you have an iMac 8,1 which can take up to 6GB of DDR2.
     
  5. Sambo110 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I would, but on August 9th I'll have the money for a Retina Macbook Pro, so there won't be much point. I'll probably never use this iMac again, as it's my mum's, who uses her iPad more than this. Was still curious if ML would speed it up though.
     
  6. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    If it's your mom's, you should probably still max the RAM in it so that she doesn't have to deal with slowness issues. RAM is so cheap anyway...
     
  7. Sambo110 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    She uses it maybe 20 minutes a week, she's always on her iPad. It's really not worth maxing the ram. I was just kind of hoping I Could install ML on this until I got my Macbook Pro.
     
  8. Lance-AR macrumors 6502

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    But if you upgraded her RAM she would only have to use it 19 minutes per week :)
     
  9. Drew017 macrumors 65816

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    Even on my 3 year old Mac, Mountain Lion is brilliant! I have had no freezes, and overall performance is nice and fluid. Also, RAM usage is much better in ML... on a cold boot, I have about 1.28 GB of free RAM (I have 2GB). I think you will be pleased
     

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