Slow, yet new iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Jake49190, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. Jake49190 macrumors newbie

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    I bought my iMac a few months ago.

    It has a

    250GB HD
    2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2 GB of RAM.

    and since I've gotten it, it seems slow to how it should be.

    It makes loud noises, slow start up, and I get the "beach ball" constantly.:mad:

    Should I put in the start up disks and reinstall Tiger? Or anything else I can do?


    Thanks
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    I'd first go to System Preferences...->Accounts->Login items and make sure you're not starting a ton of stuff you didn't know about.

    An Archive & Install would probably help enormously, but it's a pretty extreme step before you just try to see what's slowing you down.
     
  3. Jake49190 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you

    I looked into my login items, and nothing was checked under start up items. I would like to avoid the start up disk. But if that's my only choice, I guess I'll have to deal with it.

    Thank you for your help :)
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Just to be sure: you mean nothing was there at all? "Checked" just means to hide it on startup. Anything listed there is run every time you login.
     
  5. Jake49190 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok. I just went back and deleted them off. Ill restart. Hopefully this will work. Thanks :)
     
  6. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Another thing to do is to create a new account and log into that. If it's speedy, it's your account, not your OS install, that's problematic. :)

    Also, having almost no free disk space will cause major issues. You really should have at least double your RAM amount free, and I'd say 5GB or more free is a good idea.
     
  7. solvs macrumors 603

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    Also, run Disk Utility and check the disk for errors. If you get anything, your hard drive might be going bad. Check that other stuff too though.
     
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  9. neven macrumors 6502a

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    Your computer should still be under warranty. If you have a store nearby, drive over and see what they say.
     
  10. Jake49190 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    loud noises, especially when loading/start up/even small projects. I don't know how to explain the sound, but I'm not sure if it's normal.:confused:
     
  11. joebells macrumors 6502

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    The loud noises sound like hard drive noises(since you say they happen when you start up a program) which are generally a bit loud. Shouldn't be too loud but the hard drive is mechanical and so it will be somewhat noisy.
     
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