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Mac running slow . . . any suggestions please?

#1 User is offline   KL 

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 07:45 AM

My iMac is running really slow. It's taking a long time to load pages. I've scanned it with Mackeeper several times and found no issues. My internet connection could be the problem. Just wondered if there are any experts on here that can make any suggestions. Thanks.

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 07:54 AM

have you tested your internet connection?

sounds like that could be the main thing. how is the mac when it comes to loading applications?
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Posted 11 December 2011 - 08:12 AM

View PostKL, on 11 December 2011 - 07:45 AM, said:

My iMac is running really slow. It's taking a long time to load pages. I've scanned it with Mackeeper several times and found no issues. My internet connection could be the problem. Just wondered if there are any experts on here that can make any suggestions. Thanks.

Have you done the software updates? There is a new Safari and Java that came out last week. Do all the updates.

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 08:18 AM

Thanks,

I'm going to find out how to test my internet connection now.

I have done a lot of updates. I mainly use firefox as my browser and I updated that too. Can't say I like the new version as much as the old one.


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Posted 11 December 2011 - 08:48 AM

Lots of people never shut their computers down. You need to shut them down to clear off little bits that are running all of the time to make it faster to open things. After a while all of those helpers get in the way. Try shutting down and restarting first.

Too many applications running at once and a desktop that is loaded with stuff will slow you down also.

You can google internet speed and find some places online to test your speed.

When a mac gets to running slow it is usually because it is running at memory capacity and you need to give some room to breathe.

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 09:29 AM

I have tested my internet connection speed and it is very slow at 430kbps. So I think this is the problem. I have spoken to my ISP which is always a miserable experience. Now I have to wait for them to try to fix the fault.

Thanks for the suggestions.

By the way I always turn my computer off when I have finished using it.


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Posted 11 December 2011 - 09:32 AM

Get a PC.








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Posted 11 December 2011 - 09:39 AM

woah that is slow,. they need to boost that bad boy.

sorry about the sunday convo with the isp... i hate talking to them as well. like pulling teeth some days. but i do like to have fun with them, my favorite is right before i hang up i thank them, and then i flush the toilet. making sure they hear it flush.. so they think "was he taking a crap the entire time i was talking to him"
and on with the day
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Posted 11 December 2011 - 10:07 AM

View PostHarpBoy, on 11 December 2011 - 09:32 AM, said:

Get a PC.








I've always wanted to say that [biggrin]



Ha ha . . . very funny.
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Posted 11 December 2011 - 10:08 AM

View Postcarv3r, on 11 December 2011 - 09:39 AM, said:

woah that is slow,. they need to boost that bad boy.

sorry about the sunday convo with the isp... i hate talking to them as well. like pulling teeth some days. but i do like to have fun with them, my favorite is right before i hang up i thank them, and then i flush the toilet. making sure they hear it flush.. so they think "was he taking a crap the entire time i was talking to him"
and on with the day


That's hilarious!
I'm going to do that next time!
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Posted 11 December 2011 - 12:06 PM

Twice a year, you should start up from your original software CD and launch the Disk Utility. Then... "Verify Disk" and, if needed "Repair Dsk". Then"Repair Disk Permissions" and you are good to go. Also clear your browser cache and your Finder's "Open Recent" occasionally.
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Posted 11 December 2011 - 12:36 PM

View PostHarpBoy, on 11 December 2011 - 09:32 AM, said:

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 12:56 PM

View Postsurfpup, on 11 December 2011 - 12:06 PM, said:

Twice a year, you should start up from your original software CD and launch the Disk Utility. Then... "Verify Disk" and, if needed "Repair Dsk". Then"Repair Disk Permissions" and you are good to go. Also clear your browser cache and your Finder's "Open Recent" occasionally.


How do you clear the browser cache surfpup?

On this occasion I am now sure it is a slow broadband connection that is responsible, but this information is helpful.

I have Mackeeper installed and I actually think that it does empty the browser cache, but I will check.


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Posted 11 December 2011 - 12:59 PM

I'm with you guitarest,

But I won't be going to Mac stuff as I need the PC world software with my work. Lighting Design (engineering & CAD stuff) programming all the A/V equipment & lighting controls, remote controls etc. Yeah, and all the stuff for support at work like Accounting, Dealing with doc's & stuff. Life for me is WAY more than the Web and it's the number one culprit for computers & networks to crash & slow down IMHO (I'm a network & computer geek and I don't mean at the "Not so BestBuy"). It's a Window world that that's that. But, I'm tired of all the fluff & stuff. Just give me something that was as bullet proof as Windows 2000 Professional with some Video for the web and cut the crap out of the OS. FAST, LEAN & MEAN. Sounds like Linux but with software available eh? [biggrin]

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 01:01 PM

View PostKL, on 11 December 2011 - 12:56 PM, said:



How do you clear the browser cache surfpup?


I have Mackeeper installed



It should be in the preferences of whichever browser you are using.
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Posted 11 December 2011 - 02:29 PM

Your first problem is using Mac Keeper. Get rid of it ( if you can) Have you done a permissions repair lately?

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 07:22 PM

View PostAster1, on 11 December 2011 - 12:59 PM, said:

I'm with you guitarest,

But I won't be going to Mac stuff as I need the PC world software with my work. Lighting Design (engineering & CAD stuff) programming all the A/V equipment & lighting controls, remote controls etc. Yeah, and all the stuff for support at work like Accounting, Dealing with doc's & stuff. Life for me is WAY more than the Web and it's the number one culprit for computers & networks to crash & slow down IMHO (I'm a network & computer geek and I don't mean at the "Not so BestBuy"). It's a Window world that that's that. But, I'm tired of all the fluff & stuff. Just give me something that was as bullet proof as Windows 2000 Professional with some Video for the web and cut the crap out of the OS. FAST, LEAN & MEAN. Sounds like Linux but with software available eh? [biggrin]

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Posted 11 December 2011 - 07:48 PM

View Postguitarest, on 11 December 2011 - 07:36 PM, said:

...just need to remember the key strokes for that right mouse button.... lol


Yeah, control+click is pretty tough to remember... [rolleyes]
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Posted 11 December 2011 - 08:19 PM

While we're on the subjects of Mac, check out the 80+ pages of WiFi problems and Macbooks. I inherited one from my daughter. Extremely frustrating!!!


https://discussions....tart=0&tstart=0


( I had to restart my wifi during this post)

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Posted 12 December 2011 - 02:29 AM

View PostRocky4, on 11 December 2011 - 02:29 PM, said:

Your first problem is using Mac Keeper. Get rid of it ( if you can) Have you done a permissions repair lately?


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Seriously... I have a 1st gen Macbook and it still flies and I've never used mac keeper...
The problems that I had (which rarely occurred) were solved by update or by using disk utility...


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