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    Unhappy Is it time for a new Mac?
    I've got a iMac G5
    PowerMac8,2
    PowerPC G5 (3.0)

    CPU Speed: 1.8 GHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
    Memory: 512 MB
    Bus Speed: 600 MHz

    It runs slow as molasses and I couldn't even download the pdf converter from this forum or anywhere else. thanks
    calla liddie

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    Probably would be time for a new computer, especially if your sticking with Apple software as most apps and software is now made for the intel architecture rather than the older PPC which your machine is.

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    That's not a terrible machine you have there. A little light on the RAM, though. And I don't know how full your HDD is either. But those could be 2 contributing factors to the "slow as molasses" problems you're having.
    It comes down to is it worth it for you to increase the memory and (possibly) get a larger HDD? Or would you rather not put any more $$$ into an older Mac and just get something newer? You could always find a good deal in Apple's online refurbished store if you're looking to save a little scratch.
    64GB iPhone 6, 64GB iPad Air 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by callalillie View Post
    I've got a iMac G5
    PowerMac8,2
    PowerPC G5 (3.0)

    CPU Speed: 1.8 GHz
    L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
    Memory: 512 MB
    Bus Speed: 600 MHz

    It runs slow as molasses and I couldn't even download the pdf converter from this forum or anywhere else. thanks
    calla liddie
    It depends. We have members posting here about brand new model Mac's they bought 3-6 months ago being slow (usually due to some sort of "maintenance" or "user issue"...or maybe even a hardware defect).

    So I wouldn't automatically say that having an iMac G5 means it's time for a new computer...maybe you just need to do some maintenance, upgrade the ram (maybe), or analyze your user habits.

    HTH,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Smile Is it time to buy a new Mac?
    Thanks for the comments. My user habits are very simple, no media, just the Internet, MS Word, simple games, email. I open two programs at a time and tabs, but that's about it.

    callalillie

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    Download and run Onyx for PowerPC machines. Also think about boosting the memory up to at least 1GB.

    http://mac.brothersoft.com/onyx-2.0.6.html

    Also how much free space is there on the hard drive? Need about 15% of the capacity to run anywhere near efficiently.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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