New Mac User -- starting to see random slowdowns

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jasimon9, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. jasimon9 macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2009
    I have had my first Mac for about a month now (iMac 24" 2.8, 4GB). I have started noticing in the last few days, a somewhat frequently appearing "spinning disk" (don't know what it is called, but in Windows-land they call it "clocking").

    In any case, I never saw this when I only had 2GB of RAM. Nor after I upgraded to 4GB which was a couple weeks ago.

    But lately this is occuring enough to be a bit annoying.

    Any suggestions?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    (It's generally referred to as the beach ball) What are you doing when it starts spinning? Like, if you are just staring at your screen does it start up with no warning? That's weird. Maybe try restarting or resetting your PRAM.
  3. jasimon9 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2009
    Generally I have not been doing anything specific. I suspect that it is "normal" for the beach ball to appear once in a while due to system housekeeping. My inexperience however does not give me a clue as to how often "once in a while" might be.
  4. Illicit macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2007
    Waterloo, ON
    Could just be spotlight indexing. You can change how often you want it to do this in spotlight preferences.
  5. alec macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2005
    Washington DC
    The other 2 suggestions are excellent but I have a random one for you -- is the iMac in a well-ventilated area? I had problems with a desktop once because the shiny casing was in direct sunlight during the day and it was overheating the computer. Random but can make things slowdown.
  6. jasimon9 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2009
    Always good to have tips such as this!

    However, ventilation is not a problem. Temps as shown by iStat Nano are in the 50 degree range. What is the "nominal" range?

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