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iMac Accessories

Purchasing a new iMac, looking for accessories recommendations. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Aug 13, 2014 - 14 answers

Cheap graphics card for 2008 iMac?

Apple iMac A1225 desktop computers from 2008 came with the notoriously unreliable Nvidia 8800GS graphics card that burns out and turns the iMacs into bricks. Getting a new Nvidia 8800GS graphics card costs about $650 for the part. Getting a used one on costs about $300. Is there a cheap alternative -- something that costs, say, $50? As I understand it, the only alternative is the ATI 4850, which go for about $300 used. Yet I find it hard to believe that there are no other graphics card options.
posted by Eiwalker on Jun 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Airport Express help!

I have an Airport Express base station - the older one not new (around 2009) version. Recently got a new iMac with with latest version of OSx and no longer see the the option under the sound button (top right corner of screen) to choose to either play with local speakers or speakers (or both) associated Airport Express base. When I go to settings - sound - output, I can see the the local speakers and the Airport Express but it says the selected device (Express) has no output controls. It used to be an option with any playback on any application. How to remedy? I can use my iphone (using iOS 6 not 7) to play on the airport express speakers. The only thing that seems to pickup the base is Itunes but other programs are not picking it up and I use Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, etc.. If I manually go in under the settings - sound - output I can click on Airport Express and it will play but not both sets of speakers. We like whole house music.
posted by lasamana on Dec 4, 2013 - 2 answers

iMac, Windows 7, and fan speeds

I have a 2008 24" iMac that I've used BootCamp to get Windows 7 running. Issue: the fans never come on. [more inside]
posted by curious nu on Aug 7, 2013 - 4 answers

Mac Mac Mac Mac Mac

I want to buy a new Mac to replace my 2008 Macbook, but I'm overwhelmed by the options. What will best fit my needs? [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Jul 30, 2013 - 19 answers

Can I revive my dead iMac?

I have an iMac that appears to be dead. Can I use an external HD to revive it? [more inside]
posted by pdb on Jul 22, 2013 - 12 answers

Mac shows Time Maching but not External HD

Reinstalled Snow Leopard but ejected my external drive before this. Then, when done, plugged back in via USB as my usual custom....and Time Machine still shows up, but the External Seagate drive does not. I made sure that in Finder/Preferences that the external disc box as others was checked. I tried a different cord, and different port. I opened up Disc Utility and the External HD's partioned Time Machine is available but the other part, now renamed something else (a default name from manufacturer?) is greyed out and I cannot touch it. Any thoughts? Should i now go to the boot disc of Snow Leopard? Not sure why TM shows but the rest does not.
posted by chicaboom on Mar 31, 2013 - 11 answers

Calendar Editing and Syncing Between Two Mac Users

I'd like to sync a shared event/appointment calendar with a work colleague, which we both can edit (not just view) on our iMac computers, preferably without having to go to an external website to make edits, or paying for an outside service. Details within. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 14, 2013 - 12 answers

Why is google being spooky and filling in other people's gmails?

This has happened twice now, and it is freaky. Google chrome on the iMac I use in my office at work (at a university) will have usernames and passwords for people who have never been in my office ever. The first time it happened it was my father's email, and the second time it was my stepmother's. Why would chrome be filling in these odd emails when it doesn't even save my own login information after closing the browser window? [more inside]
posted by artychoke on Mar 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Will these Macs play nice together?

I have an iMac desktop running OS X 10.6.8 and a newly acquired MacBook Air running 10.8.2 and I want to make them be as friendly with one another as possible. Can you hope me? [more inside]
posted by broadway bill on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 answers

An Apple mouse costs 5 times a much!

Can I get a PC mouse to work on an iMac? [more inside]
posted by Daddy-O on Aug 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Is AppleCare worth getting for a refurbished iMac?

Is AppleCare worth getting for a refurbished iMac? [more inside]
posted by Grinder on Apr 30, 2012 - 13 answers

Sewing machine vibrations and Computer hard drives.

Can a mini sewing machine and iMac live happily on the same desk? [more inside]
posted by Faintdreams on Mar 25, 2012 - 4 answers

Which Mac for me?

Should I get the 21.5 inch iMac or the 13 inch Macbook Pro? (Or something else?) [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Feb 22, 2012 - 19 answers

Thunderbolt, MiniDisplayPort, Target Display Mode = ????

I have a late 2010 Macbook Pro (MacbookPro6,3) running Lion (10.7.3) and an iMac of indeterminate vintage (iMac11,3) running Snow Leopard (10.6.8). I have a Thunderbolt cable. Neither mac supports Thunderbolt; both have MiniDisplayPort connectors. I want to run the iMac in Target Display Mode as a second display for the MacBook Pro. Can I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Feb 21, 2012 - 6 answers

Best How-To For iMac Hard Drive Replacement?

I am about to come into possession of a 20" iMac that needs a new hard drive. I've swapped plenty of HDDs in and out of PC towers, but my understanding is that it's trickier to do in an iMac. What is, hands-down, the best how-to on the web that will walk me through how to do this?
posted by DWRoelands on Aug 16, 2011 - 9 answers

IMAC for photographers

What spec to upgrade on the new IMAC for professional photography? [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Aug 4, 2011 - 13 answers

How to fax with iMacs?

Can a new iMac still be used for faxing? [more inside]
posted by notclosed on Mar 6, 2011 - 9 answers

The iMac drives the telly brilliantly - too brilliantly !

iMac is connected to the HD Telly but there are two issues ... [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Jan 8, 2011 - 6 answers

IE6 on a Mac?

What is the best way to run IE6, 7, 8, and 9 on a 2010 iMac for web design and testing purposes? [more inside]
posted by bonsai forest on Dec 2, 2010 - 11 answers

How to restore a 1GHz Power PC G4 Mac to factory settings?

I'm giving my 1GHz Power PC G4 Mac to a charity because I'm getting a new Intel-based one. What's the best way to restore it to factory settings, so there's no trace of my personal data or installed programs on it? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Nov 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Moving my Mac mindfully.

Moving filter: This iMac needs to get from point A to point B. Which is the safest route? [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Sep 30, 2010 - 11 answers

Now, picture the love-child of John Hodgman and Justin Long...

Am I crazy for considering a Hackintosh? [more inside]
posted by schmod on Aug 28, 2010 - 23 answers

Basic audio interface for Intel iMac

I do occasional audio recording with GarageBand. I just recently upgraded from a G4 tower to an Intel iMac w/Snow Leopard. I settled for analog audio in through the mic input on the G4 but I think I want to step up to digital input. I have an analog mixer, tube preamps, effects pedals, etc. so I don't need to have them in the audio interface. Midi I/O would also be nice but not necessary. What are my choices in a basic 2-channel Firewire(800)/USB(2.0) audio interface?
posted by tommasz on Aug 2, 2010 - 5 answers

This isn't a time capsule! It's just a bunch of paper!

YANMAG (You are not my Apple Genius): I have a shiny new 1TB Time Capsule, but I can't get the damn thing to work. When I try to configure it and it restarts, my Mac seems to lose its ability to detect it. [more inside]
posted by Schlimmbesserung on Jul 15, 2010 - 13 answers

Should I get an iMac?

Help me choose my next computer [more inside]
posted by crLLC on Jun 30, 2010 - 16 answers

Unable to connect to printer

My 2nd iMac suddenly is unable to connect to my printer, despite that nothing has changed: can the hive mind offer any solutions? [more inside]
posted by bwg on Jun 5, 2010 - 1 answer

Keeping the RATINGS when moving iTunes stuff to a new Mac

Helping my father re-create iTunes on his new iMac—AND keep all of his song ratings. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on May 24, 2010 - 10 answers

Low-end 21.5" imac sufficient for Adobe CS5?

I'm considering buying an mac mini or 21.5" imac w. 4GB of RAM. Think that they're powerful enough to support upcoming Adobe CS5 (photoshop, bridge, and InDesign open), Windows 7 in a virtual machine, and HD YouTube video similtaneously--and in a timely manner?
posted by doncoyote on Mar 26, 2010 - 17 answers

Average lifespan of LaCie d2 Quadra?

My internal hard drive died, and new purchases are out of the question for a while. Wondering about the drive lifespan of the LaCie d2 Quadra that is my bootable backup. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Mar 13, 2010 - 18 answers

Removing iMac Glass

Replacing iMac (2008/aluminum) Hard Drive. What's the best way to remove glass front held in by magnets? [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Mar 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Replacement 21.5" iMac screen?

My in-laws' brand new 21.5" iMac took a header and has a badly cracked screen. Repair is going to run ~900; my f-i-l wants to try replacing the screen himself. We can't find any information on where to acquire the appropriate flat panel. Does anyone have a link?
posted by entropicamericana on Feb 17, 2010 - 9 answers

Slide Scanners for iMacs

Looking for a good Slide Scanner for my mother's iMac. [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller on Feb 2, 2010 - 10 answers

A real Apple TV.

Is it crazy and/or overkill to consider getting a 27 inch imac to replace my tv? [more inside]
posted by malaprohibita on Nov 4, 2009 - 23 answers

How do I rescue files from an internal drive when OS X won't boot?

OS X won't boot. Time Machine stopped working at noon. How can I nab some files before I reinstall Leopard? [more inside]
posted by wheat on Oct 1, 2009 - 12 answers

Should I buy my mother an iMac?

Should I get my aging, computer-clumsy mother an iMac, or just buy her a bigger screen for her Windows machine? [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Sep 2, 2009 - 35 answers

2 Macs 1 HD

How can I connect 2 Macs to 1 HardDrive [more inside]
posted by Aya on Jul 4, 2009 - 9 answers

Looking for a printer without the problems of finicky ink.

[MomFilter] Looking for a reasonably cheap, reliable printer (for printing text) for an iMac. Leaning towards laser as the experiences with inkjets have been that bouts of little use lead to still full, yet dry and thus worthless ink cartridges. [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Jun 21, 2009 - 21 answers

Cookies and Apple Juice

I've been debating with myself for the last week or so about which Mac I should buy and when I should buy it. My brain could use a break from the back and forth, and that's why I'm asking for help. [more inside]
posted by trueluk on Jun 2, 2009 - 27 answers

Don't look into the light!

I currently have an iMac 24" (early 2008). If you are acustom to the iMac you'll know that the brightness setting is extremely high. Unfortunately everytime I boot the computer up the brightness settings reset and I have to go through the hassle of lowering the brightness. Why is the keyboard/mac doing this? and can it be fixed?
posted by nam3d on May 18, 2009 - 8 answers

Disk Utility error: false alarm, or bad omen?

In OS X on my iMac, Disk Utility asserts that my main, internal hard drive is "about to fail" and has been asserting this for several months. But my computer is running just fine... should I worry? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on May 2, 2009 - 17 answers

iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, what's a designer to do?

Time to replace the Mac. Should a graphic designer go for the economical iMac or is splurging for a MacBook Pro and external screen worth it? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Apr 23, 2009 - 42 answers

This imac seems to have a fan.

Does anyone currently own or have knowledge of the original iMac? [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Feb 12, 2009 - 11 answers

The problem with Preview

MacFilter: How do I get Preview back? [more inside]
posted by jammy on Nov 24, 2008 - 3 answers

Got them low down dirty Kernel panic blues

Mac OS X kernel panic shortly after boot on G4 iMac. How do I troubleshoot this? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito on Oct 23, 2008 - 10 answers

What Mac should I buy if I want to play games on it for the next 3 years?

It's time to get a new computer. I'd like some kind of Mac. What's the smart thing to buy? [more inside]
posted by so_necessary on Sep 30, 2008 - 15 answers

Poof!

Is there a way to automagically back up my blackberry contacts and calendar on my iMac? Bluetooth and cordless would be swell. I'm running an intel Mac with the latest OS animal.
posted by Pants! on Apr 19, 2008 - 6 answers

Refurbished Mac - stupid or smart?

Refurbished Mac: Good idea? Bad idea? [more inside]
posted by contessa on Feb 2, 2007 - 42 answers

Burn Faster Damn You, Faster!

My Intel iMac burns DVDs quite slowly. Is there anyway to fix this? [more inside]
posted by chunking express on Oct 16, 2006 - 9 answers

Is is possible to NetBoot a G3 iMac?

The hard drive in my iMac G3/350 just died. Can I reconfigure this machine to NetBoot? [more inside]
posted by Mutant on Jul 19, 2005 - 7 answers

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