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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
I've just installed Panther on my iMac (266 Mhz, 6GB, 288M RAM).
Most of the time things are really s - l - o - w. I am running low on disk space, it's down to about 700MB at boot-up, but when I'm running several programs (including Word 2004, IE 5.2, Mail), there's only 225M left. Every now and then the system sends an alert saying that disk space is low.

Should I
a) get a bigger disk
b) turn off disk journalling. I notice that is an option on Disk Aid.
or
c) just buy a faster mac.
post #2 of 9
If you havent done already, use delocalizer http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/9281 to get rid of language kits and then go delete a whole swag of unused printer drivers in your library folder.. those two things will free up approx 700mb giving you a little extra breathing room while you decide what to do
post #3 of 9
Wow, and I thought my G5 was on the poky side. I mean geesh man my cell has more power. I'm kidding I understand finances for a lot people are pretty tight right now. There is an upgrade for your iMac go here, it's a Motorola G4 7400 @ 466 MHz, 1 Mb L2 Cache. I would also loose OSX and install Yellow Dog Linux. With these two things your iMac will be reborn.
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post #4 of 9
well, I'm not an expert, but I can tell you that there are 3 major problems with your setup. Your hard drive free space, the processor speed, and the amount of RAM on your machine. So pretty much everything needs to be upgraded. Turning off disk journaling will not create a significant speed increase.

If you have some available funds, I would recommend upgrading to a Macmini, or check on the refurb eMacs on Apple's website. I believe there is a 1.25GHz eMac with a combo drive for $650. Make sure to upgrade the RAM to 512 and you'll be set.

Good luck!

Mike
post #5 of 9

My imac is running slow as well, dreaded spinning ball! Can anyone help me please?

 

My information is as follows:-

 

EtreCheck version: 1.9.15 (52)

Report generated 22 August 2014 22:04:07 GMT+01:00

 

Hardware Information: ?

    iMac (24-inch Mid 2007) (Verified)

    iMac - model: iMac7,1

    1 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo CPU: 2 cores

    1 GB RAM

 

Video Information: ?

    ATI,RadeonHD2600 - VRAM: 256 MB

        iMac 1920 x 1200

        spdisplays_display_connector 

 

System Software: ?

    Mac OS X 10.6.8 (10K549) - Uptime: 0 days 3:12:9

 

Disk Information: ?

    WDC WD3200AAJS-40RYA0 disk0 : (298.09 GB)

    S.M.A.R.T. Status: Verified

        - (disk0s1) <not mounted>: 200 MB 

        Macintosh HD (disk0s2) / [Startup]: 297.77 GB (198.5 GB free)

 

USB Information: ?

    Apple, Inc. Keyboard Hub 

        Microsoft Microsoft 5-Button Mouse with IntelliEye(TM) 

        Apple Inc. Apple Keyboard 

    Apple Inc. Built-in iSight 

    Lexmark  Lexmark 6200 Series 

    Apple Inc. Bluetooth USB Host Controller 

    Apple Computer, Inc. IR Receiver 

 

Firewire Information: ?

    LaCie d2 quadra (button) 800mbit - 800mbit max 

        S.M.A.R.T. Status: Verified

        - (disk1s1) <not mounted>: 32 KB 

        - (disk1s2) <not mounted>: 64 KB 

        - (disk1s3) <not mounted>: 64 KB 

        - (disk1s4) <not mounted>: 112 KB 

        LaCie (disk1s6) /Volumes/LaCie: 465.76 GB (63.62 GB free)

 

Kernel Extensions: ?

    [loaded]    com.microsoft.driver.MicrosoftMouse (7.0.0) Support

    [not loaded]    com.microsoft.driver.MicrosoftMouseBluetooth (7.0.0) Support

    [loaded]    com.microsoft.driver.MicrosoftMouseUSB (7.0.0) Support

 

Launch Daemons: ?

    [loaded]    com.adobe.fpsaud.plist Support

    [running]    com.freemacsoft.appcleanerd.plist Support

    [loaded]    com.google.keystone.daemon.plist Support

 

Launch Agents: ?

    [loaded]    com.google.keystone.agent.plist Support

 

User Launch Agents: ?

    [running]    com.amazon.cloud-player.plist Support

    [failed]    com.tastyapps.SpiceRack.plist Support

    [running]    com.zeobit.MacKeeper.Helper.plist Support

    [failed]    ws.agile.1PasswordAgent.plist Support

 

User Login Items: ?

    GrowlHelperApp

    iTunesHelper

    SpeechSynthesisServer

    MicrosoftMouseHelper

    GrowlMenu

    GrowlMenu

    Flux

    EvernoteHelper

    AppCleaner Helper

    EvernoteHelper

 

Internet Plug-ins: ?

    DirectorShockwave: Version: 11.6.0r626 Support

    AmazonMP3DownloaderPlugin1017277: Version: AmazonMP3DownloaderPlugin 1.0.17 Support

    Google Earth Web Plug-in: Version: 7.1 Support

    Unity Web Player: Version: UnityPlayer version 2.6.1f3 Support

    Flip4Mac WMV Plugin: Version: 2.4.4.2 Support

    AmazonMP3DownloaderPlugin1016264: Version: AmazonMP3DownloaderPlugin 1.0.17 Support

    npBTEmailConfig: Version: 1.0 Support

    NP2020Player: Version: 5.0.4.0 Support

    FlashPlayer-10.6: Version: 14.0.0.145 - SDK 10.6 Support

    RealPlayer Plugin: Version: (null) Support

    Silverlight: Version: 5.1.20513.0 - SDK 10.6 Support

    Flash Player: Version: 14.0.0.145 - SDK 10.6 Outdated! Update

    iPhotoPhotocast: Version: 7.0

    QuickTime Plugin: Version: 7.6.6

    JavaAppletPlugin: Version: 13.9.8 - SDK 10.6 Check version

 

Safari Extensions: ?

    InvisibleHand-1 

    Amazon Prime-FREE Shipping + Discount Search 

    Ookong- Amazon price history & more 

    AdBlock (Update available)

    Bing Highlights 

    SaveFrom.net helper 

 

iTunes Plug-ins: ?

    Quartz Composer Visualizer: Version: 1.2

 

3rd Party Preference Panes: ?

    Flash Player  Support

    Flip4Mac WMV  Support

    Growl  Support

    Microsoft Mouse  Support

 

Time Machine: ?

    Time Machine information requires OS X 10.7 "Lion" or later.

 

Top Processes by CPU: ?

         1%    WindowServer

         0%    SystemUIServer

         0%    fontd

         0%    usbmuxd

 

Top Processes by Memory: ?

    215 MB    WebProcess

    174 MB    Safari

    51 MB    WindowServer

    38 MB    MacKeeper Helper

    28 MB    Finder

 

Virtual Memory Information: ?

    32 MB    Free RAM

    581 MB    Active RAM

    272 MB    Inactive RAM

    138 MB    Wired RAM

    298 MB    Page-ins

    56 MB    Page-outs

 

post #6 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Humbledoor View Post

My imac is running slow as well, dreaded spinning ball! Can anyone help me please?

My information is as follows:-

    1 GB RAM



User Launch Agents: ?



    [running]    com.amazon.cloud-player.plist Support



    [failed]    com.tastyapps.SpiceRack.plist Support



    [running]    com.zeobit.MacKeeper.Helper.plist Support



    [failed]    ws.agile.1PasswordAgent.plist Support



 



    32 MB    Free RAM



    581 MB    Active RAM



    272 MB    Inactive RAM



    138 MB    Wired RAM



    298 MB    Page-ins



    56 MB    Page-outs



1GB of RAM isn't a very large amount to have for a modern OS. It only has 32MB listed free there. When you run out of RAM, it will start moving data on and off of the hard drive, which is very slow. It's also a 7 year old machine and hard drives only have an average 5-6 year lifespan. You are only using about 100GB on the internal which is good so try to make sure that's backed up in case it's failing.

You can get a 4GB memory upgrade here:

http://www.crucial.com/usa/en/compatible-memory-for/Apple/imac-2*4ghz-intel-core-2-duo-%2824-inch%29
https://www.ifixit.com/Guide/iMac+Intel+24-Inch+EMC+2267+RAM+Replacement/4753

You also have a Mackeeper program installed, you can check if that's running an antivirus scan and slowing the computer down:

https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3021
post #7 of 9

Thanks for you're reply! Is it easy to install? I have looked at the links you mentioned and it looks fairly easy (time will tell!!)

 

I have ordered two x two GB hoping that I would be able to do myself. Can you please explain the following:

 

It states that my iMac has two slots to accommodate one 2GB in each

 

Will the 1GB memory that the iMac currently has need to be removed or are there two extra slots available to accommodate the ordered 4GB?

 

Hope this makes sense!

 

Appreciate your help with this

post #8 of 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by Humbledoor View Post

Thanks for you're reply! Is it easy to install? I have looked at the links you mentioned and it looks fairly easy (time will tell!!)

I have ordered two x two GB hoping that I would be able to do myself. Can you please explain the following:

It states that my iMac has two slots to accommodate one 2GB in each

Will the 1GB memory that the iMac currently has need to be removed or are there two extra slots available to accommodate the ordered 4GB?

Hope this makes sense!

Appreciate your help with this

Your iMac will probably have 2x 512MB chips in it. It only has two slots total so you'd take out all the memory already installed. Hold onto the ones you take out in case you need to put them back in, you can keep them in the packaging the new memory comes in.

It's fairly easy to install. Taking the chips out is easier as there are levers. You sometimes have to apply a bit of pressure to get new ones to go in properly. Make sure to turn off the computer, unplug it and with the iMac, it helps to tip it over flat on a cloth, screen facing down and install that way.
post #9 of 9

Marvin,

 

Many thanks for your help and excellent advice!

 

4GB fitted without any problems and good to go!!

 

Awesome thanks again.

 

Humble

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