Slow, yet new iMac?

Jake49190

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Jan 24, 2007
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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
 

jsw

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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.
 

Jake49190

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Jan 24, 2007
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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 :)
 

jsw

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I looked into my login items, and nothing was checked under start up items.
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.
 

Jake49190

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Jan 24, 2007
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Ok. I just went back and deleted them off. Ill restart. Hopefully this will work. Thanks :)
 

jsw

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Mar 16, 2004
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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.
 

solvs

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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.
 

Jake49190

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Jan 24, 2007
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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:
 

joebells

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Oct 24, 2005
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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.