: iMac seems sluggish - related to running two accounts?

Mar 6th, 2008, 06:48 AM
All of a sudden my iMac (core duo 2ghz, 2gb ram, 10.5) seems ever so slightly sluggish. Typing into fields on websites feels slow and highlighting text with my right button is a hit and miss affair as to whether or not I'll grab exactly what letters I want to highlight.

I did recently set up another user account for my girlfriend, which is sat logged in and idling but not actually running anything (the account, not the girl).

Does running two accounts concurrently have a detrimental affect on the performance of either account? I didn't think it would be this noticeable.

What else could it be?

Mar 6th, 2008, 07:16 AM
Have a look at Activity Monitor next time the computer feels slow. Look at "All Processes" under the CPU check, and of course check your free RAM. It's possible that something on "her" side (or yours) is a memory hog that's noming yr RAM (as the kittehs say).

Mar 6th, 2008, 07:34 AM
Quickest check is to restart the computer and let the RAM buffers clear.

If it persists after than - check how much hard drive space is left.

It does sound like perhaps Spotlight indexing or TimeMachine if on Leopard.

If it's web only then just try quitting the program - sometimes one video or several may be running .......