need help with new update

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16 Dec, 2015 02:07 AM

Hi all! Thanks so much for making it possible for folks like me to keep on trucking with their older macs! Now I am a COMPLETE luddite so please respond in very simple steps so i can keep using this awesome browser that i was lucky enough to discover and use since like v 25 .....since the new upgrade 38.5 I am having the most trouble with the wheel of doom and hanging pages {esp crackbook etc) and it takes a long time to be able to scroll and when I do it is usually too fast and I miss everything..its super frustrating so I hope I can get some help! peace and love all!
Machine Name: iMac
  Machine Model: PowerMac4,2
  CPU Type: PowerPC G4 (2.1)
  Number Of CPUs: 1
  CPU Speed: 800 MHz
  L2 Cache (per CPU): 256 KB
  Memory: 512 MB
  Bus Speed: 100 MHz

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 16 Dec, 2015 06:27 AM

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    I think your big problem here is memory. I'm typing this on a 1GHz iMac G4, but it has 1.25GB of RAM. 512MB is the bare minimum we support anymore. Although earlier versions would let you get by with less, many sites (including Facebook) have higher demands nowadays. I'm assuming you are running Tiger, because Leopard would perform very badly on this spec of machine.

    Your 800MHz iMac can take up to 1GB of RAM. Go to About This Mac, More Info. Under Memory you should see two entries. If they are both 256MB (which is probable), you can take the bottom lid off with a screwdriver and get a 512MB RAM PC133 SO-DIMM to replace the DIMM in that slot. This would get you to 768MB, which should help a bit. To get to the full 1GB will require removing the core and accessing the internal factory slot, which you might want to have an authorized retailer or knowledgeable friend do, since it requires some disassembly and reapplying thermal paste.

  2. 2 Posted by starcat on 16 Dec, 2015 03:16 PM

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    Can your suggestion work when this is the case?

      Size: Empty
      Type: Empty
      Speed: Empty
      Status: Empty


      Size: 512 MB
      Type: SDRAM
      Speed: PC133-333
      Status: OK
    thanks again for your help! and i am running 10.4.11

  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 16 Dec, 2015 03:58 PM

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    That's even easier! Just get a 512MB PC133 SO-DIMM (Amazon and other sites will carry them, they're not very expensive). Remove the pan from the bottom of the iMac by unscrewing the screws and lifting off the metal, and install the RAM DIMM in the slot you will see. This will get you to the full 1GB of memory and I think you'll find the Mac quite a bit faster. Things in TenFourFox still won't be instant, but it will help, and an 800MHz machine will need as much help as it can get.

    Any of these links to this type of memory should work (you only need one); we don't endorse any particular site or get paid from these links:

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