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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

BlackBerry 9300 wants to be friends with iMac...

Can a Blackberry and a G5 play nice? [more inside]
posted by Cookbooks and Chaos on Nov 20, 2010 - 7 answers

Why Is My External Drive Unexpectedly Mounted?

Recently aded an external drive to my iMac for storage of photo files. It runs off a Firewire 800 port. I also use a Time Capsule. The external drive is mounted overnight via crontab for the daily backup run. When that's done, a script unmounts the drive. This works reliably. The drive, then, should be unmounted the rest of the time. However, the drive is mounted at unexpected and sporadic intervals. The logs reveal that this is usually, but not always, immediately following the unmounting of the Time Capsule after an hourly run. Not on every run, but perhaps on one run per day. In addition, the external drive is sometimes mounted in a way that appears to have no association with the Time Capsule. What's going on?
posted by justcorbly on Nov 18, 2010 - 1 answer

The sound is coming from inside the computer!

Why is my early 2006 Intel Combo-Drive iMac beeping intermittently? [more inside]
posted by Phire on Oct 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Best external hard drive for a Mac?

Which 1 to 2 TB external hard drive should I buy for an iMac? [more inside]
posted by lbo on Oct 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Save mail, clean install

I'd like to do a clean install on my iMac 24" with Leopard. I have routine backups with Time Machine and a recent CarbonCopy of the hard drive. After the clean install, the only information I want to access is my saved emails. How can I save or access or import old emails?
posted by midwestmainer on Oct 9, 2010 - 1 answer

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

can this IMac be saved?

IMac and bootcamp problem [see within] [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Sep 10, 2010 - 5 answers

Canon Pixma MX340 won't print wirelessly from iMac

Can anyone help me with setting up my Canon Pixma MX340 to print wirelessly from my iMac? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Sep 5, 2010 - 9 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

a problem for many, it seems: think line appears on screen

Yes. My IMac has that thin blue line on monitor. Yes. lots of folks get this. Question, though. [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Aug 18, 2010 - 1 answer

Crippled iMac. Busted iBook. Tight budget. Do I repair the iBook or buy a netbook?

I'm returning to school and would like to have some sort of portable computer. I have a few options, but an not sure which is best in terms of budget and longer-term investment. [more inside]
posted by bestillme on Aug 11, 2010 - 22 answers

Dying hard drive or something else?

iMac starts up very slowly, freezes during use, and I am unable to successfully run Time Machine or manually copy files to external drive. [more inside]
posted by preparat on Aug 10, 2010 - 11 answers

An SSD falls from the Apple tree.

The new iMacs: What are the risks of purchasing an iMac with a solid state drive? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Aug 8, 2010 - 10 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

27-inch iMac buying advice: processor, video card optiions

Advice on choosing between the two 27-inch iMac options at the online apple store. [more inside]
posted by cahlers on Jul 30, 2010 - 22 answers

Linux On Aluminum iMacs: Does It Work?

Any one have experience running Ubuntu or another Linux on an aluminum iMac? (Aluminum keyboard, wireless mouse, 2.66 Core 2 Duo) What works? What doesn't? I'm not a Linux neophyte. I ran it on my desktop for about ten years, then moved to Apple after banging my head on wireless drivers. (Bought three successive cards that the "community" said worked. They didn't.) I don't mind editing scripts, but I want all my hardware to work immediately after an install or after I grab some supported packages. I'm through chasing around for unsupported code that some guy says works on his hardware. Is my Time Capsule going to be at all useful? (Posted this question on the Ubuntu forum and got only two rather unhelpful replies.)
posted by justcorbly on Jul 25, 2010 - 11 answers

iMac doesn't recognize most CDs as CDs.

My iMac spits out the vast majority of CDs you put in the drive. I'd rather not lug it to the store (out of warranty)... any known solutions for this madness? Sometimes I have to put the same CD in the drive 20 times until it's recognized as a CD. It never spits out DVDs. It's a 3 year old 24" iMac.
posted by dobbs on Jul 22, 2010 - 8 answers

Get files off an OS X hard drive

Recover Files from an partially corrupt hard drive [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Jul 19, 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

How much weight can this glass top hold?

I have a desk with a glass top approx. 18" by 30", with the actual top a little over 1/4" thick. How much weight can I put on this thing without risking a crack? [more inside]
posted by tremspeed on Jun 16, 2010 - 12 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

Unzipping multiple zips from multiple folders?

I have a large folder on my iMac which contains several subfolders, and every subfolder contains one or more .zip files. How can I unzip all of those files at once and output everything (from every single zip file) to yet another, separate location? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on May 20, 2010 - 6 answers

What is this microphone?

What is the microphone attached to the computer in this picture? [more inside]
posted by Awkward Philip on Apr 21, 2010 - 1 answer

I don't want an iMac that cries "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!"

How long does it take for the Peter and Bobby of iMacs, to get Greg iMac's processor? [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Apr 20, 2010 - 9 answers

pix please.

where can i download hi-res images of a full frontal shot of an imac g5?
posted by violetk on Apr 12, 2010 - 5 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

Painless iMac format and restore?

I am looking help with the process of formatting my iMac (2007) hard drive and restoring it with Super Duper. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Mar 20, 2010 - 6 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

Best (OS X) solution for remote photo editing?

What's the best way to set things up so my wife can edit our iPhoto library (currently on the iMac) from a new MacBook that I plan to buy? [more inside]
posted by wheat on Mar 12, 2010 - 4 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

Xbox on iMac?

Is there a way to hook up an Xbox (original, not 360) to play using one of the new 27" iMacs as a teevee surrogate? [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian on Feb 1, 2010 - 17 answers

Buy a 27-inch iMac or not?

I'm strongly considering finally switching from PC to Mac. My heart is set on the new 27-inch iMac and I'd like some feedback from anyone who currently owns one. I'm a bit concerned because.... [more inside]
posted by Tenacious.Me.Tokyo on Jan 24, 2010 - 30 answers

Will this glass hold my imac computer?

Will this glass hold my imac computer? [more inside]
posted by austinlee on Jan 17, 2010 - 11 answers

Dual monitors, but only want to use one

I have a dual monitor set up--can I set my applications to only display their windows in one of my monitors? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly on Jan 11, 2010 - 2 answers

Please help me sort out this iTunes library across multi drive problem...

Mac mp3s clusterf*ck... how to fix this "multiple mp3s in multiple locations, with some overlap, problem" after a hard drive crash...? Help... [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Jan 4, 2010 - 6 answers

Sharing Is Caring?

Sharing a printer between an iMac (with printer driver installed) and a Windows laptop without installing any drivers on the laptop: can it be done? [more inside]
posted by murtagh on Dec 9, 2009 - 10 answers

IMac running slow

My Imac has started running slow past week. What is the best way to look into possible causes of this?
posted by dougiedd on Dec 5, 2009 - 9 answers

Video game suggestions for a preschooler who loves Braid

Beautiful, open world platformers for the pre-school set? Does such a thing exist? Also open to general video game recommendations for the 5-7 age range. [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Dec 1, 2009 - 12 answers

Dead iMac - How screwed am I?

My apartment flooded while I was away on vacation now my '07 iMac won't power up. So this is going to be a two-parter with specific questions about my computer and a general question about the nature of battery backups. [more inside]
posted by Bango Skank on Nov 24, 2009 - 11 answers

Imac has lost its once strong wireless signal

My girlfriend's imac keeps losing its wireless signal, despite having functioned perfectly for over a year at its present location. How can I remedy this? [more inside]
posted by ranunculus on Nov 22, 2009 - 4 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

RAM all over the place

RAM configurations for the new iMacs - permutations galore! [more inside]
posted by VikingSword on Oct 30, 2009 - 12 answers

At least for once, I have good backups...

iMac drives failing - first external, then internal. Seems to be hardware in both cases. Questions about troubleshooting or replacement inside. [more inside]
posted by tkolstee on Oct 29, 2009 - 5 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

iMac eats my CD's

Pseudo broken iMac and boot camp issues: replaced old failing hard drive, and cd-drive subsequently breaks, among other things [more inside]
posted by sindas on Sep 29, 2009 - 3 answers

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