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    RAM question
    My mom has a 3 year old iMac running the most recent version of Snow Leopard. It has started running slowly lately and I was wondering how much of the problem might be that it only has 1GB of RAM.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Yeah, 1GB RAM is not nearly enough. The computer is running slow because it is using the hard drive as virtual memory. Go to Other World Computing Upgrade Apple iMac Memory and find the model of your mother's iMac. Order the 8GB RAM kit. OWC has installation videos so you can do this yourself. She'll think you bought her a new computer.
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    I agree, to a point. 8gb is probably overkill, 4gb is more than sufficient for everyday use. But If the slow down has been getting worse over time there are likely other factors that simply throwing RAM and money at won't solve.

    I'd make sure you have at least 20gb disk space remaining. Get rid of any files in downloads and documents that you don't need any longer.

    It's also worth opening Disk Utility and running repair permissions & Verify Disk

    The go and get Onyx for Snow Leopard - it's free. Run the automated monthly scripts then restart your Mac.

    NB: As with any kind of system change I'd highly recommend backing up any pictures/documents etc before changing anything
    External hard disk acquisition addict - but admitting the problem is the first step to a robust backup

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    Good advice mrplow. I overlooked the hard drive aspect. Might be time to upgrade to a larger, faster drive too. Any 7200 RPM drive will help. When I installed a Seagate 500 XT hybrid drive in my MackBook Pro it made everything significantly faster. This isn't easy in an iMac, but but maybe getting an external FireWire 800 drive would help.
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    Along with what all the others said you can also remove languages that you don't use to free up disk space. You can use a free program called Monolingual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lightcraftsman View Post
    Good advice mrplow. I overlooked the hard drive aspect. Might be time to upgrade to a larger, faster drive too. Any 7200 RPM drive will help. When I installed a Seagate 500 XT hybrid drive in my MackBook Pro it made everything significantly faster. This isn't easy in an iMac, but but maybe getting an external FireWire 800 drive would help.
    FYI, the iMacs come standard with a 7200RPM drive.
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