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Computer needs more RAM, or just getting too old?

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Poll: Slow vs. Just too old (1 member(s) have cast votes)

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  1. Need more RAM (1 votes [100.00%] - View)

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#1 yortzec


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Posted 15 May 2012 - 10:02 PM

I have a late 2006 Intel iMac with 1 GB RAM. In the past 6 months or so, it's been getting slower and slower. Especially noticeable is that it takes upwards of a minute to open any application after waking from sleep.

I've been keeping Activity Monitor open, and even at times where the computer is thinking and temporarily freezing, it says that I have plenty of RAM idle (usually about 50% or more).

So, would more RAM help this computer? If not, why might it be running so slowly?

Thanks for all the help!


Additional Specs:
2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Mac OS 10.5.8
RAM is 2 x 512MB, both came with the computer. Both say they have a bus speed of 667 MHz.

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#2 Bobbi Flekman

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 06:46 AM

How much free spae do you have on your hard disc?

Do you use a program like Onyx? Or do you have the computer running 24-7? Reason I ask is that it maybe just need a good cleaning. When the computer is running all the time OS X will handle it itself around 3 am in the morning, if not you might need to clean it.
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#3 Buddyme2


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Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:52 PM

Tuning Mac OS X Performance
Maxing out the RAM to 4 GBs wouldn't hurt.

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