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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Feb 09, 2005
    Intel iMac very slow
    Hey everyone, I just got a new iMac 2days ago and I am finding that it is slower than my old iBook G4.

    My G4 was running panther with 768mb RAM and 1.2Ghz.

    My iMac is 17" Intel Core 2 Duo with 512MB RAM and 1.83Ghz.

    Now, I'm not really complaining as such, this machine was on sale. I got it for 919euro (thats 100off) and a free iPod Shuffle from the O2 store on Henry St. in Dublin. I think I got a good deal all round even though macs in Ireland are more expensive than the US.

    Im just wondering is it suppose to be like this?
    I mean it finds it very hard to multitask, I just thought that it would be more powerful. I was hoping to splash out after getting a tax return today and buy CS3 but I'd like to see what you guys think first.

    I dont mind buying more RAM, but I really want to try use what I have to its full potential first.

    Another thing I want to mention is, I haven't installed anything Major since I got it:

    VLC Media Player
    Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac
    Adium X

    Now I do not think that any of these programs should dramatically decrease performanct of my Mac, however I am a bit suspicious about Azereus.

    The iMac starts to slow down alot if for example I have iTunes, Azereus and Safari open. Surely this can't be right.

    I'm afraid at the moment, my mac is not living up to as Steve Jobs says
    "a yard brush of quality"

    All help appreciated!

  2. #2
    It would be a lot nicer if you had at least a gig of ram. 512mb doesn't cut it these days.

    None of those programs should greatly affect your speed.
    Brendan Welsh
    Aluminum Macbook Owner

  3. #3

    dtravis7's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 04, 2005
    Modesto, Ca.
    iMac 2010 27" QuadI7, iMac 2008 10.10.5, Macbook2007 10.7.5, Mac Mini 10.7.5, iPhone 3GS Note 8!
    Office 2004 is not an Intel or Universal application. It's running under emulation Via Rosetta and will be a bit slow and could drag the whole system down with 512 Megs RAM. I agree with Brendan, get some more RAM and it will help a lot and especially with Office 2004 running under Rosetta.

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Jan 18, 2006
    G4 Cube
    I'll third the ram. 512mb is beans for what you're doing. Go for the full 2 gigs, OWC sells it for under $100 now!
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    Member Since
    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    Quote Originally Posted by kaidomac View Post
    I'll third the ram. 512mb is beans for what you're doing. Go for the full 2 gigs, OWC sells it for under $100 now!
    Agreed. Lack of memory is the sticking point here.
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    Forgot that Office requires Rosetta. They need to update it!
    Brendan Welsh
    Aluminum Macbook Owner

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    bryphotoguy's Avatar
    Member Since
    Feb 02, 2007
    Chicago, IL
    Quad 2.8GHz Mac Pro, Edge iPhone
    It certainly could be a ram issue and adding more will definately help especially when running multiple programs these days.
    try going to and do a benchmark test on your iMac and the iBook if you still have it. The cool thing is you can compare them with people who have similar models. My 2GHz Intel iMac scored a 120 while my 1.2GHz iBook scores about half that. I doubt your iBook comes close to comparing to the iMac.
    Also, are you sure its a core 2 duo and not a core duo. There are decent differences between the two and i can't be certain but i thought the core 2 duo wasnt made in a 1.83GHz version. I could be totally wrong.

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    killedbyinterne's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 13, 2007
    Winter Park, Florida
    15" MBP 2.4 GHz C2D 160 GB HDD 2 GB RAM
    Quote Originally Posted by Brendan View Post
    Forgot that Office requires Rosetta. They need to update it!
    Its coming. Office 2008 for Mac.

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    iCharlie2661's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 27, 2007
    1st mac: iMac G4 1 GB RAM 80 GB HD. 2nd mac: iMac G3 (OS X Tiger) 20 GB HD 128 MB RAM
    sweet. hope the upgrade doesn't cost too much.
    I used to have an open mind, but my brains kept falling out.

  10. #10

    James's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 27, 2004
    Pocola, Oklahoma
    Mac Pro 2.66 - 4 Gig Ram, iMac G5 2 Gig ram 20"
    No doubt about it, when doing any multasking at all 512 is NOT enough, get at least a gig, and 2 would be better.
    Mac Pro Intel 2.66 - 4 Gigs Ram - 10.6.1 - 30" Apple Monitor
    iMac 24" 2 gigs ram - MacBook Pro

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    Member Since
    Jan 22, 2007
    Miami, FL
    MacBook Pro 2.16ghz Core Duo | 1GB RAM | 100 GB HDD | 256MB ATI RADEON x1600
    Im going to suggest something nobody has though of... more ram!

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