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    Question Slow response to keyboard input
    I noticed last night that our iMac is not responding readily to keyboard input. There are delays, especially when online. This is rather annoying. I know with the PCs I have had a restart usually fixes this. I restarted, and it is SLIGHTLY better, but it even has delays in MS Word (Office 2004). What can I do? It is:

    G3 600MHz
    1GB RAM
    OSX 10.3.9

    We have not had a Mac in 10 years, so this is all new again. We got this li'l puppy on the cheap from a coworker.

    Help!?!???

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    Has no one encountered this issue? I'm hardwired to the router right now. I thought it might be the wireless adapter, but it still occurs this way.

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    Do you have another keyboard to try. To see if it causes the same issue. Cause this problem happening on word also makes me think a hardware and no an internet issue. And also is the problem occuring in applications like text edit and other such apps which require a keyboard to use?

    And judging by the specs of your computer doing basic things like going online should be easy for it to handle. Still it's a good idea to check out the Activity Monitor (an app) to see if the issue is a running out of ram problem.

    And as a final response doing a repair of permissions or hard disk repair with the system boot disc can sometimes fix things up.

    Well if none of that works, then I'm stumped.

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    Thanks. It's typing faster now, but I don't know why.

    Internet scrolling is still slow, though (although better).

    Video clips do not play well at ALL.

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    Well it is quite an old computer and online videos are surprisingly processor intensive, so you're bound to see a fair bit of choppiness unfortunately.

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    I've found this to be a problem with all of the older Macs that I've used. And even my MBP has issues if I want to continue typing while a dock icon is bouncing at me. I can't offer any suggestions, unfortunately, beyond turning the key repeat rate up and seeing if that helps.
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    Agreed with Aptmunich on the video choppiness. Every once in a while especially in Colloquy during an IRC chat with many other applications working and after chatting for hours, I get some jerking while typing. Happened tonight at the end of a very long chat session. If I close colloquy down and restart things are smooth again. Don't notice it in email, iChat or Adium, ETC.

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    Thumbs up
    thanks for the responses thus far, folks.

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