Ways to Speed up my Imac Core i3

Discussion in 'iMac' started by austinlallen, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. austinlallen macrumors member

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    I bought my imac core i3, 4 GB RAM in April 2011 and i loved the experience of a mac

    Lately ive noticed it has been getting slower and slower, heres some examples:

    - It takes longer to boot up in osx than windows 7 on the same system
    - It takes Twice as long to open apps than windows 7 does
    - its really slow at web browsing

    Does anyone have any tips to make the system faster software wise

    Thanks
     
  2. bvanlieu macrumors member

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    Does it 'feel' slower or did you actually measure tasks and have some hard data?

    I would first look at your Memory footprint in Activity monitor: during the course of using your system, are you swapping at all.

    I have the same iMac as you but run 8G (soon to be 16G) as I use several virtual machines at once. The system is not CPU bound for my tasks.

    Anytime I end up swapping, things will get poke-y as pages are swapped in and out from disk.

    - b
     
  3. WAM2 macrumors 6502a

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    Ive noticed the same thing also on my iMac, exact model as yours. Kinda weird and disappointing, ive been resorting to my 08 MBP. Any ideas guys? I Don't even do anything that would use up all my ram, most intensive thing i do it minecraft.
     
  4. Consultant macrumors G5

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    It should not be slower than windows.

    You are under warranty. Contact Apple for support.
    www.apple.com/support
     
  5. WAM2 macrumors 6502a

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    lol
     
  6. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Why? These aren't the symptoms of a hardware issue.
     
  7. WAM2 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm prettty sure he was mocking windows with that comment.
     
  8. milbournosphere macrumors 6502a

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    If you don't have any phantom processes eating up resources, I'd try out Onyx:
    http://www.titanium.free.fr/index.php

    It forces the maintenance scripts to run, amongst other things. I've found it to really help in certain cases.

    In terms of hardware, more ram never hurts, and an SSD will always speed up boot and application load times.
     
  9. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    What programs are starting when you login?
    How much disk space is free on your hard drive?
    Does activity manager show any swapping?
     

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