New iMac is slow and sluggish

Discussion in 'iMac' started by zedizdead, Feb 18, 2010.

  1. zedizdead macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2008
    Hey there,

    I recently got a new 21.5” imac. I upgraded from an second gen intel 20’ iMac. The computer seems kind of slow and sluggish. I see the beach ball all the time it seems. My older machine was faster than this one. One of the things I did was ran the program where I stick a firewire behind the both imacs and transfer all of the data from the old machine to the new. Is it possible that doing that is causing the slowdowns? Would it be better if I did a fresh reinstall and reinstall all my apps and data? Or is it a different problem?

  2. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020


    Aug 16, 2007
    odd, my imac works great - did you run all the updates yet?
  3. constm macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2009
    Try reinstall and if it's still slow, take it back to Apple. Period.

  4. BulletToothTony macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2009
    i'm right with you.. when i use QuickSilver and i type more than 3 letters the computer just freezes for like 5 seconds. i already did a fresh install.. i'm thinking of getting a replacement..

    I'm also seeing the beachball a lot and i mean several times a day.. this was never the case with my previous 24" 2.8ghz imac.. i'm actually pretty annoyed.. and even considering going hackintosh.. i have until march 1st to return.. i'm gonna do one more install and if don't work i might return
  5. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    Theres no need for replacement. Sheesh.

    You have 90 days free phone support, call.

    To the OP, yes, I bet something came over during migration assistant that is causing your slowdowns.

    You both should try a new user and see if you have the same slowdowns.

    Im betting you dont.

    Which points to a software issue.

    Tony, maybe QS is just jacked up? What happens if you dont use it?
  6. archipellago macrumors 65816

    Aug 16, 2008
  7. unixfool macrumors 6502a

    Jan 21, 2006
    Northern VA
    They do. But just the same as with any OS, if you import old aspect of the OS into the system, you're going to cause issues.
  8. Liffey macrumors regular

    Feb 2, 2010
    This guy must just lead the loneliest, saddest life ever. :/
  9. R.Perez macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2010
    Philadelphia, PA
    I had an issue with mine slowing down because of overheating.

    Download an app called Smc Fan Control and see what your temps are

    When I increased the fan speed, problems all went away.
  10. Stan Mikulenka macrumors 6502

    Nov 20, 2009
    Calgary, Canada
    what's wrong with you? I see you posting almost every time somebody complains about something & you have to add your 2 cents (more like 1cent) of bull**** to the post...
    Looks you're one of those hackintosh boys who can't afford the Mac?
  11. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    One of the old drivers and/or apps could be causing a problem.

    Something running in the background could be sucking cycles, wiping and starting over is an option.


    Could also be something as simple as a bad font, snow leopard has issues with old fonts.

    And some old OS hacks can cause problems also.


    If it is a bad font, when you install the apps, you likely will reinstall it and recreate the issue. But you should also get an an idea of where the problem lies as you restart a few times and suddenly get a slow mac.

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