My iMac is ridiculously slow

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Mellop, Mar 7, 2012.

  1. Mellop macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2012
    Hello everyone! So I've been having this problem with my iMac for a couple of months now. I'm writing this with my iPhone because if I were to do this on my iMac it would take forever...
    I installed Windows 7 on my iMac about a year and a half ago using Bootcamp so that I could play MMORPGs, but I did download WoW on my iMac around the time it started being slow. I don't think WoW could be the ONLY reason why it's being so slow, I stopped playing WoW on my iMac like a few weeks ago but the slowness is getting worse. The PC side of my computer is fine though, so I feel like my Mac side has a virus; is that possible?...

    For specifics:
    - It takes at least 5 minutes for my Mac to start up
    - I torrented a lot of movies/shows up until the slowness started
    - I also streamed movies/shows
    - I get the pinwheel of death A LOT
    - When I try to click my user, it freezes for a while before I can enter my password
    - It takes a long time for the search to index

    Computer Info:
    - Version 10.5.8
    - RAM 2GB (yeah I know horrible)
    - Processor 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

    To those who help me thank you so much, I really want to fix this problem before I leave for college because my mom will use this computer, and I don't want her to have a hard time.
    If you need more information on my computer just ask, thanks again!
  2. Zwhaler macrumors 604


    Jun 10, 2006
    Check it out.... my advice would be to make a backup of your torrented TV shows and all of your media. I would do either a fresh install of Leopard or better yet upgrade to Snow Leopard. While you're at it, upgrade your RAM to the max (4GB I believe). That should help improve things. If nothing else do a verify and repair permissions check (in the Disk Utility app)
  3. 50voltphantom macrumors regular


    Jun 23, 2011
    HD dying a slow death maybe? Repair permissions? Upgrade to Snow Leopard?
  4. Mellop thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2012
    Wow quick replies! Thank you everyone. I don't need all my media except for music so I'll back that up and install Snow Leopard, hopefully that'll fix the problem.

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