Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 17
  1. #1
    DangerMan
    Guest
    Angry Problems with new emac
    When it became time to get a new computer I finally listened to all the mac-lovers and decided to get a mac. In the store the assistant recommended the emac - which I bought. I've had it 3 months now and have had nothing but problems with it.

    The problem is that it is just so slow. In fact it is so slow there must be a fault with it - I can't imagine anyone else putting up with it.

    I only use it for two applications; dreamweaver and photoshop. When using DW I have to wait anywhere between 20-40 secs for the emac to react. Just now I attempted to open a page which took 22 secs. I then tried to insert a table which took 32 secs. It took a further 1 min 17 secs to add 4 images to a 9 cell table. That's 2 mins 11 secs just to open a page and add a table.

    To connect to the internet [56k dial-up] takes over 3 mins. To open Photoshop CS takes almost 4 mins. I know that all these precise times sound obsessive but I'm at the end of my tether. Especially since my etower 510 PC [which I was attempting to replace with the mac] will operate both DW and PS in an instant.

    What is wrong with my emac?

  2. #2


    Member Since
    Jul 22, 2003
    Location
    Hamilton College
    Posts
    6,999
    Specs:
    20" iMac C2D 2.16ghz, 13" MacBook 2.0ghz, 60gb iPod vid, 1gb nano
    Alright I have three things that you can try

    1. Repair Permissions
    ----Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility - Select Macintosh HD (Or whatever you named it) and click repair permissions......Do this until it says No Repairs made

    2. File System Check
    ----Restart the Computer and hold down Apple+S as soon as it turns on...Release the buttons when the Single User mode screen appears (you will know it when you see it)..........type in /sbin/fsck -f and hit enter...do this until it says HD is OK...Type restart to get back to OS X

    3. Back-up and Reformat
    Don't forget to use the new User Reputation System

  3. #3


    Member Since
    Jul 22, 2003
    Location
    Hamilton College
    Posts
    6,999
    Specs:
    20" iMac C2D 2.16ghz, 13" MacBook 2.0ghz, 60gb iPod vid, 1gb nano
    Let us know if there are any improvements after doing the first 2 and if not then we can guide you through the reformat
    Don't forget to use the new User Reputation System

  4. #4
    DangerMan
    Guest
    thanks I'll try that now

  5. #5

    rman's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 24, 2002
    Location
    Los Angeles, California
    Posts
    12,584
    Specs:
    2 x 3.0GHz Quad-Core, 6GB OS X 10.6.8 | 15in MacBook Pro 2.2GHz OS X 10.6.8 | 64GB iPad 2 WiFi
    Cool
    What OS are you running and how much memory do you have? It maybe the case where you are running with the minimum amount of memory.
    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, It's about learning to dance in the rain!

  6. #6


    Member Since
    Jul 22, 2003
    Location
    Hamilton College
    Posts
    6,999
    Specs:
    20" iMac C2D 2.16ghz, 13" MacBook 2.0ghz, 60gb iPod vid, 1gb nano
    Quote Originally Posted by rman
    What OS are you running and how much memory do you have? It maybe the case where you are running with the minimum amount of memory.
    well he says he got it 3 months ago so im gonna take a guess this is his specs

    1ghz G4
    256 or 512 ram
    80gb hd
    10.3
    Don't forget to use the new User Reputation System

  7. #7
    DangerMan
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by trpnmonkey41
    Alright I have three things that you can try

    1. Repair Permissions
    ----Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility - Select Macintosh HD (Or whatever you named it) and click repair permissions......Do this until it says No Repairs made

    2. File System Check
    ----Restart the Computer and hold down Apple+S as soon as it turns on...Release the buttons when the Single User mode screen appears (you will know it when you see it)..........type in /sbin/fsck -f and hit enter...do this until it says HD is OK...Type restart to get back to OS X

    3. Back-up and Reformat
    when I type restart it says -sh: restart: command not found

  8. #8


    Member Since
    Jul 22, 2003
    Location
    Hamilton College
    Posts
    6,999
    Specs:
    20" iMac C2D 2.16ghz, 13" MacBook 2.0ghz, 60gb iPod vid, 1gb nano
    then its reboot

    i always get the 2 of them mixed off
    Don't forget to use the new User Reputation System

  9. #9
    DangerMan
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by trpnmonkey41
    then its reboot

    i always get the 2 of them mixed off
    I tried steps 1 and 2 and there seems to be an improvement. I monitor it over a day or so and let you know. I really hope the problem is solved because I really want to like the emac. I would love to be as pleased with my emac as everyone else is with there's.

    Thanks again.

  10. #10

    witeshark's Avatar
    Member Since
    Mar 09, 2004
    Location
    Miami FL
    Posts
    2,860
    Specs:
    G4 1Ghz OS X 10.4.7
    Also run crons if you're not using Mac Janitor:
    Finder, Applications. Utilities Terminal type (switching to root - superuser) sudo sh /etc/daily > this needs to be done /weekly (instead of daily) and monthly. again with all apps closed

  11. #11

    Murlyn's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jun 11, 2003
    Location
    Mount Vernon, WA
    Posts
    4,915
    Specs:
    MacBook Pro 2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM OS 10.5.2
    If you are going to be running memory hogs like dreamweaver and photoshop, you should definitely max out your ram.. you'll see an improvement there also.

  12. #12
    DangerMan
    Guest
    Quote Originally Posted by Murlyn
    If you are going to be running memory hogs like dreamweaver and photoshop, you should definitely max out your ram.. you'll see an improvement there also.
    How do I add more ram? How expensive?

    my emac is:

    eMac
    PowerPC G4 (3.3)
    memory 128 mb

  13. #13


    Member Since
    Jul 22, 2003
    Location
    Hamilton College
    Posts
    6,999
    Specs:
    20" iMac C2D 2.16ghz, 13" MacBook 2.0ghz, 60gb iPod vid, 1gb nano
    well iI am going to take a guess that you have the 1ghz machine since the 700 and 800mhz was PPC 2.1

    http://www.welovemacs.com/memory1ghz.html

    You can get it through apple but it will be almost twice as much money
    If you can afford it go for 2 512 sticks to get you to the eMacs maximum which will be an enormous improvement

    The minimum I would recommend upgrading is getting a single 512 stick that way in the future you can just get another stick and pop it in (you can still use your 128 that you have now until then)

    Be sure to get the PC133 and not the PC100 they listed
    Don't forget to use the new User Reputation System

  14. #14


    Member Since
    Apr 25, 2003
    Location
    The home of the free and the land that did for Braveheart.
    Posts
    1,301
    Specs:
    24"iMac, 15"MB-Pro, MacBook, G4 iMac, PM G5 2x2Ghz, G4 iBook & Some PCs
    Yep, max out the Ram. The big speed killer on the eMac range is the HD speed so you have to minimise the amount of virtual ram usage (as it is really on the HD).

    Amen-Moses

  15. #15

    Strider's Avatar
    Member Since
    Apr 09, 2004
    Location
    Dubai
    Posts
    973
    Specs:
    15" MBP 2.16GHz ^ATI Radeon X1600 256MB ^100GB @ 7200 rpm ^2GB RAM ^Glossy Screen +iPod 4G 20 gigs
    Quote Originally Posted by DangerMan
    my emac is:

    eMac
    PowerPC G4 (3.3)
    memory 128 mb
    The performance you quote is the performance you will get with the amount of RAM u have. Try getting more RAM, it should solve ur problem. Good Luck.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. EMAC Problems!!
    By RetroGamerVX in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-26-2013, 09:10 PM
  2. eMAC having problems with os X 10.4.11?
    By PeterBards in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 12-13-2010, 10:02 PM
  3. eMac problems
    By alth3655 in forum Switcher Hangout
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 05-21-2007, 05:41 PM
  4. eMac Problems
    By HopperJonusFang in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-30-2005, 02:51 PM
  5. New eMac....some problems, help please :)
    By lovemycoffee in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 03-05-2004, 10:57 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •