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Peterz 04-01-2011 06:10 PM

help with imac g5
my machine is soooo slow.
It is 5 years old.
occasionally locks up and i have to unplug and reboot.
after taking over 6 minutes to boot i took it to the apple store and the "genius" ran some diagnostics and said he thought my hard drive was going.
Then told me that my machine was too old for them to work on and referred me to a local repair shop who also ran diagnostics and installed more
The first time i used it, it locked up again and then took 3 1/2 minutes to boot.
Please help
Also I bought the machine 2 weeks before the intel based machines were available, what a bummer.

MacDude121 04-01-2011 07:39 PM

Why would the repair shop install more ram when the Apple genius said that your hard drive is going? Because from the symptoms it really seems like the most likely thing. Make a back up of your data and replace the drive.

chipz 04-01-2011 09:33 PM

help with imac g5
I agree with MacDude121. Replace the Hard Drive. More RAM will not help if your HHD is failing. While you can, back up all your data to an outboard HDD. Run the Hardware Disc that came with your machine and see if it verifies that your HDD is dying. New Hard Drives are cheap and you may be able to replace it if you are handy with tools you will need. You can find instructions on how to do it by going to

Peterz 04-04-2011 10:25 AM

Thanks chipz and macdude
I did not get a Hardware disk with my machine and don't have an external hard drive to back up my stuff.
What are my alternatives?
I have microsoft office for mac on my machine, Quicken and clean my mac.
Mechanically I am not bad, but have never tried working inside a computer.

chipz 04-04-2011 11:41 AM

help with imac g5
Back up your files from Quicken and Office to either CD's or a USB drive. Most of the files usually should fit on those devices. The instructions at are very good and easy to follow, If you are careful, you should have no problems. If you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself, have a computer shop that does work on macs do it. I recommend getting a good sized HDD -
say a 320 GB or more.

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