My kids have the old iMac 17ich 800Mhz G4 768MB ram 80gig hd running 10.3.9 Panther I have got all the old pics and video off, hard drive is like only 30% unsed, I have run Cocktail. But the thing is dog slow, internet speed is horrible. I'm most surprised about the internet, shouldn't be just as fast as on my new iMac, they are both running wirelessly on verizon DSL? iPhoto is slow, Office is slow, everything is really slow,not just by contrast to the new machine, but slow apart form that.
Do I reinstall Panther? any advice or tips appreciated. Or is this just what happens after 7 years, machine slow down?
You can try an Archive and Install, but it may be signs of the hard drive failing if everything is running slow. 800Mhz should do okay on Internet. If it was just Internet, I'd say maybe Airport card, but if all is slow I'd say maybe HD.
Don't forget to try a total reset of Safari or whatever browser you are using. I do this now about twice a month in Safari only leaving cookies alone and am always surprised at how much faster the internet gets.
So maybe I do a Tech Tool check? to see if its the HD?
Then maybe try the reinstall, the weird thing is my macbook pro 12inch is slow also online.....
But it's not slow on everything like the iMac? Is the MBP slow online if you have it wired in and not wireless?
TechTool can check the drive for directory errors, but if it is spinning slow it may not be able to tell that. If you can boot from a cloned external, or from another machine in Target disk mode and it speeds up it could very well be a bad internal HD.
If you are going to test your hard drive for failure consider also using SMART Utility (versiontracker, etc). My HD was reported as good on Techtool Pro, Disk Warrior and SmartReporter but tested as potentually failing by SmartUtility. It was replaced by Maxtor without question.
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