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iMac - imac slowing down fast

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I have had my imac G5 powerpc for a year now and been very happy with it. I even converted my PC loving wife. Unfortunately we have been having problems recently. The pin wheel comes up regularly. iphoto also takes 3 seconds or so to open folders.

I have 1GB of RAM and the 20inch imac processor.

I turn the machine off most nights as I have moved to india and power is a really problem. I have mainmenu and run all options, disk utility also. I have left on sleep for 3 nights in a row and still it is slow.

I have abot 150 GB left of space on the hard drive.

Has enyone got an idea what i can do to get my machine back to where it was a month ago.
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Try downloading Onyx:

It can remove lots of junk, such as font cached, so it might help.
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There are maintenance scripts that run during the night, like Alexis said use Onyx to run them and then reboot- that should help.
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People including myself have had problems with onyx. It failed to find my hard drive after I rebooted with Onyx and some have even had to install from scratch.

Some say that the 10.4.8 update has caused slowing problems.....
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I use Macaroni for maintenance. It seems to work very well for me. Hope this helps.
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if no software seems to help you could also just restore the computer to factory settings with the restore disk that comes with the computer. Make sure to backup your computer before hand.

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I second Macaroni.

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I like running macjanitor:
Also run Disk Utility to repair permissions if you like with Macjanitor.

Then run the terminal to do this command:
sudo update_prebinding -root / -force

I have been trying this to see how well it works:
I only click off the top 3 with complete Optimization.
So far it has worked fine.

OnyX has giving me some bad problems in the past.
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