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    Unhappy Help...Spinning Pinwheel!!!
    It seems everything I do lately, gets the spinning pinwheel. Files and Programs that should just open (or save and close) right up get the spinning pinwheel. Even web pages in Safari take forever to open and load.

    I have a 5 year old G5 2.5ghz and 3 GB of memory. My main hard drive with my OS and applications is 250GB with 150GB free (over 50%). I have a second drive with files, photos and such that is 150GB with 45GB free. Also 1.5TB in 2 external drives. But all the files and photos I work with are on the main drive.
    It gets very frustrating. What can I do ? I'm I ready for a new machine?

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    Lets try repairing permissions

    Applications>Utilities>Disk Utility
    Click on Your HD in the left column and then repair permissions. Should give you some relief. Post back if problem persists

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    G5 not dead yet but probably needs a spring clean- use Onyx.. Do as Tattoedmac suggests then add a new user and log in there to see if problems are there as well.
    How long since you shut it down and rebooted?
    Perhaps look at connection issues - r u on wireless or ethernet?
    OS Tiger or Leopard? Up to date? Try combo updater.
    Look here and try some of those steps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulb22 View Post
    It seems everything I do lately, gets the spinning pinwheel. Files and Programs that should just open (or save and close) right up get the spinning pinwheel. Even web pages in Safari take forever to open and load.

    I have a 5 year old G5 2.5ghz and 3 GB of memory. My main hard drive with my OS and applications is 250GB with 150GB free (over 50%). I have a second drive with files, photos and such that is 150GB with 45GB free. Also 1.5TB in 2 external drives. But all the files and photos I work with are on the main drive.
    It gets very frustrating. What can I do ? I'm I ready for a new machine?
    Hi: I have a G5 2gHz dual and at one time, it took a long time shutting off. I think I tried fixing permissions, but that didn't work. I have a Norton Utilities for Mac CD that I booted with, and it found sooo many things wrong with the hard drive, but fixed them all. It worked perfectly after that. "..many things" included things like that dates were not reasonable and icons were associated to different programs, etc. If you haven't done so, boot with the Mac disk, I think holding the 'C' button, and run the drive utility.

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    Get Nortons well away from your Mac instantly. Even Nortons advise not using the Utility on OS X. Harry download a little utility called Applejack, print and follow the instructions and it will deep clean so there are no more shutdown problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harryb2448 View Post
    Get Nortons well away from your Mac instantly. Even Nortons advise not using the Utility on OS X. Harry download a little utility called p[plejack, print and follow the instructions and it will deep clean so there are no more shutdown problems.
    Gaaah! No kidding. That utility is not worth it.

    Though I may ask, all Norton products, or just the utilities? Because I've got Norton AV running on my Mac, and it is running 24/7.

    I'm going by this: http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/swi...tml#post147879
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    All and you do not need AV as there are no viri for OS X! Read this which a little old, is still topical:-

    http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7...l?tag=mfiredir

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    And go to the Norton site. See if you can find a list of what it is protecting you from.

    Not the sales pitch of how it's protecting you. But a specific list of the OS X viruses it can find.
    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.

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