my eMac is running sluggish

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by brandonjb85, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. brandonjb85 macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2009
    I have a older emac i bought from my collage professor and it is running quit sluggish. When I browse on fire fox or safari it acts liek it take a while before it lets me scroll on the page or anything. It's used mainly for net surfing any way and I am wondering why it is running like this. Could my RAM need replaced?
  2. slpdLoad macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2009
    Did you do a clean reinstall of the system afternyou bought it?

    From the Finder, select the Go menu, and click on Utilities. Open Activity Monitor to see if anything seems to be taking up all of your resources.

    Sites with Flash will likely perform poorly on that machine.

    What are the eMac's specs? On a machine of that age, you should always install the maximum possible amount of RAM.
  3. Flowbee macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    Also, make sure the hard drive isn't full. Things can really bog down if there's little room on the hard drive.
  4. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
  5. Jackintosh macrumors 6502a


    Mar 21, 2009
    That old, slow graphics card, slow bus and processor, and small amount of memory severely degrade loading of web pages. I have a G4/700 mhz iMac maxed out at 726 MB memory with plenty of free disk space, and it takes forever to load web pages. Altho the suggestions to reinstall software are good intentions, I don't think it'll do any good. It's the ancient hardware.
  6. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    we still dont know which eMac he 's got , and sluggish needs a interpretation
    for example :
    i do not think my iMac g3 700mhz with 768 mb ram and 16mb Rage 128 Ultra graphic is sluggish considering the hardware , but compared to my eMac with 2gb ram and 64mb graphic radeon 9600 it certainly is
    but aside that it still opens all websites and if i don't watch youtube above 360p its watchable even on the iMac g3

    it all depends what you expect from the computer you use and what you compare it with
    if i compare my eMac with the old dell precision that i had before with dual xeons and 3.2ghz and 2x graphic card 2900 xt crossfire running linux of course the eMac will be sluggish , but even a early macpro will look sluggish in comparison
    but you just dont need such a fast computer to look at some websites or watch a film on youtube

    most important when opening websites is the speed of your broadband connection , most isp cut your speed at peaktimes a bit not that important if you only get 40mbit of your 100mbit line, but if you only have a 6mbit line and get cut down to 2 mbit you will notice , and the server the websites are hosted on are important too among other things...
  7. brandonjb85 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2009
    My emac is got os 10.4.11 and is a power pc 4 1.42 mhz (i think ) I dont have the discs to do a clean install trust me I would like to. All I have are the upgrade dvds
  8. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    thats very unusual as the eMac g4 1.42 came with grey install discs with 10.4.4 tiger from apple

    the upgrade discs will look for a existing panther on your eMac to "upgrade"
    they don't do a proper install (for example do not archive your old files if needed)

    but try the following first reset your browser, empty cache and go into
    Finder ---> Applications---->utilities----->disc utility----->
    select select your boot disc ---> click on repair disc permissions :)
    that might do the trick

    but i recommend to get a "Retail" 10.4 Tiger disc of ebay they are not that expensive compare with other mac OS discs like leopard and look like that [​IMG]
  9. Pachang macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2009
    Or you could just download it....? Seeing as you are entitled to 10.4 for that machine...
  10. brandonjb85 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 21, 2009
    What do you mean juyst download it? From where?
  11. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    maybe you could even ask apple to send you the disc's , as they came with the eMac originally 10.4.4 tiger , they might charge you something , its worth asking , they dont sell tiger any longer officially , but maybe they have a couple disc's still lying around very kind on the phone with apple that helps a lot .....if they are clever they send you the disc to make it a nice experience for you with apple ...and they might win a future customer .....:confused:
  12. drewdle macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2010
    Nanaimo, BC
    I would argue this point. My iMac is running 10.5.8 on 512Mb of memory, Safari 4.0.5, and it loads web pages beautifully. Internet video is a little laggy, but more memory I'm sure would fix this. I have instant scrolling response. Flash slows things down a bit, I use ClickToFlash, and that solves that problem. Also, while this is going on, iTunes 9, Mail, and Photoshop CS is running in the background. Obsolete is all in the eye of the beholder. :)

    I think all this eMac needs is a fresh reinstall of Tiger (or Leopard if you've got 512Mb of memory in there or more) and the right software. It's no new Intel machine, but it could certainly be more useful than a doorstop.
  13. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    i love my eMac and can't complain about its performance , its great , ok i maxed out the ram to full 2 gb ..which helps i guess a lot , but i found leopard a bit laggy on it:( , tiger in comparison is a rocket on it :D
  14. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

    Aug 28, 2009
    reset permissions just after a re-install? snake oil. Perms should be correct on a clean install. Perms don't do much anyway. It's a placebo.

    PRAM yes good idea.

    What would be a better idea is to check for startup items in your user accounts.

    The easiest way is to create a new user account from system preferences, system, accounts.
  15. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    After looking at the title I thought to myself, "Arnt all eMacs sluggish by now??" :D
  16. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    hmm is your iMac g4 sluggish ?:D

    at least i dont think my eMac is sluggish least not if i run tiger .. did hardly boot with leopard
    eMac 1.42 / 2gb ram / 64 mb vram ati radeon 9600
  17. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Yea I have Tiger installed on the 17" iMac G4 and surprisingly handles almost everything very well.

    I can even watch youtube videos if I install click2flash and by right clicking on the youtube video (while it has the flash logo on the imbedded video) and choose "play video with quicktime".

    It will open the quicktime app and play and stream the youtube from there and it runs smooth as butter. :D
  18. raysfan81 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 6, 2009
    North Carolina
    Just want to point out that it would be 1.42 ghz not mhz. But you should look around on the internet for a tiger full install or the tiger restore discs for eMac witch also show up on ebay at times.
  19. prss14 macrumors regular


    Jul 18, 2009
    I use a 1.0 GHz, 512 mb, running 10.5.8 eMac at work. There are times I have to use the dell for some programs, but I love the eMac. You need to reinstall. If not that then check the account setting. Click to flash also helped Safari run much faster.

    On a side note we have been trying out some netbooks at my school for next year Acer and Asus 1.6 GHz, 1 gb, 7 Starter (Not my choice). On everything but video playback the eMac is just as quick or quicker. Hard to believe and yes, I know, netbooks are at the bottom. But I was very impressed with my old machine compared to something brand new.

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