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SubjectJust got an iMac new Reply to this message
Posted byn2locarz
Posted on09/23/09 11:29 PM



I was given an older iMac. It looks like this:



It's got a 1ghz G5 PowerPC chip so I have to run Mac OS. I can honestly say I have no idea what I'm doing. Anyone here good on Macs?

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SubjectRe: Just got an iMac Reply to this message
Posted byitchyNADZ
Posted on09/25/09 08:40 AM



The last Mac I had was an SE/30.

I went into debt for $3500 to buy it back around 1990. 6 days later Apple dropped the price to $1800! They wouldn't give me a refund for the difference, so that day they lost a customer.

Up until that point I had been a vocal Apple II and Mac enthusiast, but the experience left a bad taste in my mouth just like Apple's treatment of the Apple II users. Btw, back in the 1980s my moniker was 'Cracked A Bit' (if that rings a bell for any of the older Apple II users).


> I was given an older iMac. It looks like this:
>
>
>
> It's got a 1ghz G5 PowerPC chip so I have to run Mac OS. I can honestly say I
> have no idea what I'm doing. Anyone here good on Macs?
>
> n2
>







SubjectRe: Just got an iMac new Reply to this message
Posted bysphincter
Posted on09/25/09 10:14 AM



> It's got a 1ghz G5 PowerPC chip so I have to run Mac OS. I can honestly say I
> have no idea what I'm doing. Anyone here good on Macs?

You're going to max out at OSX 10.5 with that one - 10.6 on up has dropped PPC support and Apple's basically giving the non-Intel stuff out there the heave-ho. Either way, I'd recommend maxing out the RAM (1GB) if it hasn't been done already. OSX 10.3 is dead, 10.4 is on its way out, and 10.5 is your best bet for it.

Also, check http://www.apple-history.com - any hardware details you need are in there (look under Family, iMac, Early 2003).

What exactly do you want to do with it?




SubjectRe: Just got an iMac new Reply to this message
Posted byn2locarz
Posted on09/25/09 02:57 PM



> > It's got a 1ghz G5 PowerPC chip so I have to run Mac OS. I can honestly say I
> > have no idea what I'm doing. Anyone here good on Macs?
>
> You're going to max out at OSX 10.5 with that one - 10.6 on up has dropped PPC
> support and Apple's basically giving the non-Intel stuff out there the heave-ho.
> Either way, I'd recommend maxing out the RAM (1GB) if it hasn't been done
> already. OSX 10.3 is dead, 10.4 is on its way out, and 10.5 is your best bet
> for it.
>
> Also, check http://www.apple-history.com - any hardware details you need are in
> there (look under Family, iMac, Early 2003).
>
> What exactly do you want to do with it?
>

Thanks for the link. Lots of good specs and info. Not sure if I have the early 2003 iMac or the iMac (USB 2.0). I will check on it tonight.

It currently has OS 10.4.11 installed. I got 10.5 and installed it last night. Did a clean install. I cannot believe how long that install took. 2-3 hours! I never hear Mac fans raving about the install times. Perhaps it's because it's an older machine. It has the airport extreme wireless, 512mb, with a 80gb harddrive. What am I going to do with it? I have no idea. Play around with it. My kids use them at school and swear they are better than PCs. They might be but I struggle finding software for them. I want to get a few good games that are Mac only.

I swear that Macs have cleaner graphics than PCs. It's hard to explain but I installed OS X on my PC and don't remember it being as "crisp" as this older Mac.

n2


SubjectRe: Just got an iMac new Reply to this message
Posted byn2locarz
Posted on09/25/09 02:59 PM



That's why I never buy Macs. They are way overpriced! I know you get alot of value but come on! I can get a PC for a couple hundred bucks new. That's hard to compete against.

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> The last Mac I had was an SE/30.
>
> I went into debt for $3500 to buy it back around 1990. 6 days later Apple
> dropped the price to $1800! They wouldn't give me a refund for the difference,
> so that day they lost a customer.
>
> Up until that point I had been a vocal Apple II and Mac enthusiast, but the
> experience left a bad taste in my mouth just like Apple's treatment of the Apple
> II users. Btw, back in the 1980s my moniker was 'Cracked A Bit' (if that rings
> a bell for any of the older Apple II users).
>
>
> > I was given an older iMac. It looks like this:
> >
> >
> >
> > It's got a 1ghz G5 PowerPC chip so I have to run Mac OS. I can honestly say I
> > have no idea what I'm doing. Anyone here good on Macs?
> >
> > n2
> >



SubjectRe: Just got an iMac new Reply to this message
Posted bysphincter
Posted on09/26/09 03:24 PM



> Thanks for the link. Lots of good specs and info. Not sure if I have the early
> 2003 iMac or the iMac (USB 2.0). I will check on it tonight.

Good point; I didn't notice there was another possible variant. What did it turn out to be?

> It currently has OS 10.4.11 installed. I got 10.5 and installed it last night.
> Did a clean install. I cannot believe how long that install took. 2-3 hours!
> I never hear Mac fans raving about the install times. Perhaps it's because it's
> an older machine.

Yeah, installing OSX 10.4/10.5 on a PPC machine ain't gonna be fast, and having to patch afterwards can take longer than the actual install in some cases. OSX also likes RAM and plenty of it; 10.5 will run fine in 1GB (though 2GB is preferable), but less than that and it will drag.

> It has the airport extreme wireless, 512mb, with a 80gb
> harddrive. What am I going to do with it? I have no idea. Play around with
> it. My kids use them at school and swear they are better than PCs. They might
> be but I struggle finding software for them. I want to get a few good games
> that are Mac only.

Bump the RAM. It's worth it.

> I swear that Macs have cleaner graphics than PCs. It's hard to explain but I
> installed OS X on my PC and don't remember it being as "crisp" as this older
> Mac.

Apple seems to not cheap out on displays, even on their lower-end stuff. My 2007-era iMac looks unbelievable compared to just about every LCD I've seen a PC manufacturer ship with a system in the last 3-4 years. It's only recently that they've started catching up.




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