Mac slowing down

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I feel that my Mac is getting slower as of late. Actually, last few months. I'm running the same apps. I used Disk Utility as well. Are some of the recent OS updated the cause? Silver iMac 20".

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It depends on what is causing the slowdown. There are 4 primary reasons that a mac can "hang".

1) CPU
2) Memory
3) Hard Drive
4) Network

When the computer is running slowly (booting up) take a look at activity monitor and see what function is pegged. Once you determine what is causing it to run slow you can pinpoint what is doing it.

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I know for a fact that iTunes 7 increased the minimum required memory (for ONE application) to 1 GB, which alone caused me to double the RAM I had in my MacBook Pro. I'd be somewhat less surprised if OS updates also increased memory allocated for system operations.

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TythosEternal Wrote:I know for a fact that iTunes 7 increased the minimum required memory (for ONE application) to 1 GB, which alone caused me to double the RAM I had in my MacBook Pro. I'd be somewhat less surprised if OS updates also increased memory allocated for system operations.

This is a common misconception, iTunes 8 only requires 1 GB of RAM while playing HD movies. 512MBs is the normal requirement, but idle or just playing music runs significantly lower.

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Quote:1) CPU
2) Memory
3) Hard Drive
4) Network
1 2.4GHz Core 2
2 3 GB
3 about 26gb free
4 connected directly to cable modem.. about 6Mbps

Safari is 'slowest'. Though sometimes it seems the behind the scenes indexing for spotlight could cause it.

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That sure seems to be a fast everything... have you opened Activity Monitor to see what processes may be eating up your processor time?

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When Safari is running slow open up Activity monitor, there are 4 tabs on the bottom, take a look at what is pegged. Over the easier method is grab a copy of MenuMeters so you can quick at a glance it when it is slowing down.

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kodex Wrote:This is a common misconception, iTunes 8 only requires 1 GB of RAM while playing HD movies. 512MBs is the normal requirement, but idle or just playing music runs significantly lower.

Blink

Mine chums along just fine at 50 MB....
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Would the OS slow down if you had less than 30GB HD space left. I thought I read the other day someone saying that the OS' 'virtual disk' was the cause of their slow system.

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As a rule of thumb you want to keep at least 10% of your hard drive space free, while 30GB wouldn't typically be low enough to effect system performance much.

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