scrolling and typing delay issues - thiking video card

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by mojave08, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. mojave08 macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2010
    So 1 of the workstations here in the office is a late 2005 Quad core PowerPC G5 running 4 gigs of RAM.

    The user is starting to complain about delayed scrolling and typing. At first i thought it was just Word but after investigating further i discovered that it happens in Numbers as well. what i also discovered is that it starts to happen as the documents grow and get "heavier".

    So at first i thought RAM. but 4 gigs is pretty good. I then did some testing of my own and found that 1 monitor experienced the issue way more intensely then the other using the same document. So now I'm thinking video card.

    Before i go and spend 100 to $200 on a card i wanted to through this out there and see if anyone else has any thoughts??

    any thoughts / advice appreciated

  2. skinniezinho macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2009
    cooling issues?either from the video card or the computer?try this
    Have you repaired permissions and so?
  3. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
  4. mojave08, Feb 18, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011

    mojave08 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2010
    i had cooling issues with that machine in the past and have hit it with a data vac already. so if anything in that picture was there is probably isn't anymore.

    It use to sound like a jet plane taking off every once in a while. after the vacuum that stopped.

    I will crack her open and take a peak anyway.


    edit: ok so apparently it does still do the "jet plain thing" but no where near as frequently. Im going to open it up in a little bit.

    edit2 - i see no evidence of a coolant leak. no rust. no moisture. no "white rice". nothing out of the ordinary as far as that goes
  5. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    Did this just start happening recently? Do you have another G5 mac of similar caliber around to test the same document on? Its possible that its simply the G5 getting bogged down due to the complexity of the file, and is "normal".
  6. mojave08, Feb 22, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2011

    mojave08 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2010
    I do have 1 machine with similar specs i will try it on. The big difference on the other machine is it has a ton more RAM.

    I'll see what happens...

    edit: so no issues on the other "similar" machine. Differences in specs:
    Machine in question:
    2.0 Quad core G5
    1 Gig Bus speed
    4 Gigs RAM

    "similar" machine tested:
    2.5 Quad core G5
    1.25 Bus
    10.5 Gigs RAM

    perhaps my original thought of not enough RAM?
  7. Nameci macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
    If the file is too big, the system will write to your disk instead of your ram which could not accomodate it anymore. Take note it takes more time to access the data on a spinning platter than on the transistor on the ram.
  8. mojave08 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2010
    yea understood

    I'll check the paging files again although i didn't see anything out of the ordinary last time i checked the activity monitor but i am little new to this stuff so maybe i misinterpreted or didn't look at it at the right time.

    I'll add another 4 gigs of RAM - even if its not it it cant hurt
  9. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    Also keep in mind that there is no such a thing as a 2.0ghz quad core Powermac G5. All 2.0ghz models were either dual CPU or dual core - but either way only 2 cores. Thus, a 2.5ghz Quad G5 will have twice the amount of cores, not even taking into account the extra 500mhz on each core. Now whether or not this makes a difference depends on how multithreaded your application is.
  10. mojave08 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2010
    ya know what.. you right (but u already knew that)

    i could have sworn i saw 2.0 Quad core when i looked up the ID. but it is in fact only a dual core... hmm... maybe im just asking too much of the old girl

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