My iMac is sluggish

Discussion in 'iMac' started by LadderGoat, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. LadderGoat macrumors member

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    I have a 3.06 Ghz iMac and it is taking 1 minute 30 seconds to start up my dad has the older 20" model and his takes 30-ish seconds to start up any idea how to speed mine up a little?
     
  2. OLDMACMAN77 macrumors newbie

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    Need More Info

    How long has it been acting this way?
    How long have you had it?
    What are the specs?
     
  3. solowmodel macrumors 6502

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    Any spinning beachballs whilst you're running programs?

    Could be a dying HDD... :(
     
  4. LadderGoat thread starter macrumors member

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    I have had it since christmas, its the 21.5" 3.06 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM and 500 GB HDD its been like this since I got it
     
  5. LadderGoat thread starter macrumors member

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    yeah I get loads of spinning beach balls every time I open an application it will do it a little
     
  6. OLDMACMAN77 macrumors newbie

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    I forgot to ask - what vintage?

    My current hardware is not a good point of reference - but 90 seconds seems "too long" to boot up. However, if it's been that way from the time you acquired it, be happy there aren't other issues (yet).
    I would get Tech Tool Pro 5 ASAP and run tests on memory/HD, etc before it deteriorates or goes west for good.
    Back everything up before it's too late.
    Good luck.
     
  7. LadderGoat thread starter macrumors member

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    What vintage?

    $99 seems a bit much for it to tell me my mac is either shagged or not?
     
  8. shadowbird423 macrumors regular

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    Apple hardware test = free (google the instructions, its late over here)
    Post your results.
    Personally, I recommend a clean install of Snow Leopard (make sure you have a good backup solution in place beforehand).
    Spending money should be a last resort.
     
  9. LadderGoat thread starter macrumors member

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    I did the test and it said no problems found any ideas?
     
  10. shadowbird423 macrumors regular

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    Do a clean install of Snow Leopard.
    How do you have your stuff backed up?
     
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