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Hello I am new to the forum. I come looking for answers on my 15" G4 Powerbook 1.25 gighrts. I used the search and didn't find much that helped. The thinking "color wheel" comes up quite freguently now. The harddrive has almost 30 gig free space and I'm normally using it to surf the web. Any ideas why it does this?
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How much RAM do you have?

Free space doesn't have too much to do with it, I don't believe, unless you're really low.
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Could be a number of things. Depending on the amount of RAM you have, and the speed of your processor, it may not be able to handle complex websites/programs. Another thing is: how hot is your battery when this happens? When a battery overheats, the color wheel could also show up.
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Also how often you system puts your hard disk drives to sleep.

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Could be a number of things. Depending on the amount of RAM you have, and the speed of your processor, it may not be able to handle complex websites/programs. Another thing is: how hot is your battery when this happens? When a battery overheats, the color wheel could also show up.
I have a 1.25 ghz processor and 512 mb ddr sdram. I'm only running 2 to 4 programs most of the time(safari, quicktime, itunes, and aim). I don't notice a relation between the battery heat and color wheel but I'll look for it now. I think my battery is on it's way out cuz it does get hot but also it wants to go to sleep when it has 80% battery life.
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Also how often you system puts your hard disk drives to sleep.
I don't know. I should know where to adjust that but remind me once again?
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System Preferences -> Engery Saver

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Also, clean your desktop if you haven't already. A lot of stuff on the desktop can cause a lot of slowdown.
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Also, clean your desktop if you haven't already. A lot of stuff on the desktop can cause a lot of slowdown.
Can someone verify this?
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Verify this ? It's true : each and every file or folder on the desktop is a Finder window ready to be opened so the system stores it in some kind of virtual memory or cache for quick access. One of the ways to help a slow Mac is to keep your desktop very clean.

And the OP should add a lot more RAM, IMO. 512 MB of RAM nowadays is simply not enough.

The problem could be the OS X version with clogged up cache. Or user cache that's full. Depending on the OS X version, repairing disk permissions might help or not. Could be a few things.
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Verify this ? It's true : each and every file or folder on the desktop is a Finder window ready to be opened so the system stores it in some kind of virtual memory or cache for quick access. One of the ways to help a slow Mac is to keep your desktop very clean.

And the OP should add a lot more RAM, IMO. 512 MB of RAM nowadays is simply not enough.

The problem could be the OS X version with clogged up cache. Or user cache that's full. Depending on the OS X version, repairing disk permissions might help or not. Could be a few things.
Thanks for the explanation. My desktop is very cluttered.
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Verify this ? It's true : each and every file or folder on the desktop is a Finder window ready to be opened so the system stores it in some kind of virtual memory or cache for quick access. One of the ways to help a slow Mac is to keep your desktop very clean.

And the OP should add a lot more RAM, IMO. 512 MB of RAM nowadays is simply not enough.

The problem could be the OS X version with clogged up cache. Or user cache that's full. Depending on the OS X version, repairing disk permissions might help or not. Could be a few things.
How do you clear the user cashe?
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