New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Desktops Discussion of Apple's desktop machines including Mac Pro, iMac, Power Mac, and mini

Shutting Down Too Hot?


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
antastic

 
Member Since: Jan 05, 2010
Posts: 3
antastic is on a distinguished road

antastic is offline
Heyello everyone.

First off, tech details.

Apple iMac 24-inch
2.8 GHz
2 GB RAM
320 GB Hard Drive (about 100gb free)
Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard
ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO video card

I'm experiencing a pretty odd problem with my Mac. It started running pretty slow, and eventually pretty slow turned to insanely slow. Like, it took me twenty minutes to open my Apps folder slow.

The first step in my troubleshooting was just to restart. When I was booting up again, I saw the dreaded "Folder with a question mark", and screamed profanities because I had no idea why my hard drive had disappeared. Now, funny thing is that I gave up for a while, left the house and came back after a few hours, and she booted up fine. Still slow, but the boot was okay.

The problem has been consistent every time I've had to shut down my computer, which I have had to do to try and solve the speed issues - I tried an Archive and Install, but I got a fail message midway through. I've also Repaired Disk Permissions, Repaired my Boot Disk, reset my PRAM, emptied my cache folders... Anything I could think of. I'm starting to just think that my computer is inadequately ventilated.

Any other thoughts? The slowness is intolerable, especially now that I'm starting up my classes again for the Spring term...
QUOTE Thanks
bobtomay

 
bobtomay's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 22, 2006
Location: Texas, where else?
Posts: 25,021
bobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond reputebobtomay has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 15" MBP 2.33 C2D 256 4GB, MBA 13" i7 1.8, MB 2.0 2GB, Nano 4th, 3GS, iPad 1

bobtomay is offline
sounds like a dying hard drive

I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.
QUOTE Thanks
harryb2448

 
harryb2448's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 28, 2007
Location: Nambucca Heads Australia
Posts: 17,541
harryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac i5 2.7GHz OS X.9.4 and OS X.10

harryb2448 is offline
G'day and welcome to the forums.

First up glo to Disk Utility and run Repair Permissions two or three times. If no improvement boot from the system disk, go into Utilities and run Repair Disk from there as you cannot repair a disk you are booted from and see what is reported.

Next step is to download a utility called Applejack. Install and print the instructions. Boot in Target Disk mode and run Applejack as set out in the instructions. Personally like the option where it auto-reboots when finished. In single user mode the fan will take off but do not worry about that. Here is the link to download Applejack:-

http://applejack.sourceforge.net/

Final step if no improvement run Apple Hardware Test from disc one of the original install discs, running the extended tesat which checks out the logic board, memory, graphics etc etc.

Keep us posted?
QUOTE Thanks
antastic

 
Member Since: Jan 05, 2010
Posts: 3
antastic is on a distinguished road

antastic is offline
For sure guys, thanks for all the help. I'll try those steps right away and keep you posted over the evening!
QUOTE Thanks
toMACsh

 
toMACsh's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 30, 2009
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 5,504
toMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to all
Mac Specs: Mac Mini Core 2 Duo

toMACsh is offline
What's with the "hot" part of your title? The word appears only there, not in your post.
QUOTE Thanks
antastic

 
Member Since: Jan 05, 2010
Posts: 3
antastic is on a distinguished road

antastic is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by toMACsh View Post
What's with the "hot" part of your title? The word appears only there, not in your post.
Sorry if I wasn't specific enough. The heat was implied in my first deduction that the problem may be inadequate ventilation.
As for an update on my status, still no such luck. I tried repairing my permissions/disk again from my OS X installation disc, and after much drudgery (I had to reboot three times before I could successfully start Firefox) I downloaded Applejack and ran it at my next boot, to no avail. I'm thinking it may be my power supply cooking things...
Only thing left is the Apple diagnostic though. I'll post the results hopefully this evening.
QUOTE Thanks
martyp

 
Member Since: Jul 14, 2008
Location: Scotland, UK
Posts: 658
martyp is a jewel in the roughmartyp is a jewel in the rough
Mac Specs: MBP 15" Retina, 2.3GHz i7, 16Gb, 512Gb SSD, 750GT. iPhone 5S 64Gb Gold

martyp is offline
If I was you I'd take this time to backup everything (if you haven't already), as it does sound like a HDD on its way out, then run the Apple extended diagnostics.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Imac Upgrade Question | mac pro freezing on sleep »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
MacBook 2.0 gets very hot aquariaguy Switcher Hangout 8 01-03-2010 12:43 AM
Area where screen meets keyboard VERY HOT sleeper832 Apple Notebooks 6 05-31-2009 04:26 PM
MacBook troubles, it's hot and shutting down babsrock Apple Notebooks 4 03-17-2008 09:15 PM
Global Hot Keys in iTunes ParaFish Music, Audio, and Podcasting 10 12-09-2007 04:44 AM
Coreduotemp - hot hot hot superdude Apple Notebooks 6 05-29-2006 11:45 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:12 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?