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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

Help me help her iMac boot from the install DVD.

iMac G4 won't start from (iMac G4-specific) OS X install disk. But WILL start from the Apple Hardware Test CD. More details follow... [more inside]
posted by The Deej on Apr 24, 2009 - 10 answers

Iphone Imac syncing

Can someone walk me through how to best set up my imac and iphone so that my syncs work more smoothly? I would like to sync just weekly and 1) pull over photos from the phone into iphoto 2) pull over new podcasts that i like and get rid of the old ones (this is my biggest problem right now, it seems like i keep getting the old ones reloaded and sometimes the new ones dont show at all) 3) pull over address changes bi-directionally I would like to do this in as idiot proof a fashion as possible: plug and play thanks!
posted by dougiedd on Apr 23, 2009 - 2 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

Should I join the Cult of Apple?

This long-time PC user is thinking about getting an iMac and needs advice from current iMac owners. [more inside]
posted by wintermute2_0 on Apr 11, 2009 - 16 answers

Can I rebuild it? Better than it was before? Better, stronger, faster?

iMacFilter: Upgrade or find something new? That is the question. But, as is often the case, there's a bit more... [more inside]
posted by jammy on Apr 8, 2009 - 9 answers

MobileMe ftw

Make me love MobileMe. How do YOU use it? [more inside]
posted by mds35 on Mar 2, 2009 - 17 answers

Final Cut Pro on an iMac

Generally speaking, how well would Final Cut Studio run on a hypothetical quad core iMac?
posted by mpls2 on Feb 27, 2009 - 8 answers

Mac Gaming Suggestions?

MacGameFilter: Please help me find a new action/adventure game to play on my iMac. [more inside]
posted by jammy on Feb 26, 2009 - 12 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

iwait or ibuy

New imacs weren't announced today at MacWorld. Will the wait be quite a long time for the next round? [more inside]
posted by cazoo on Jan 6, 2009 - 18 answers

Is It Time to Give My I-Mac the Boot!

Where can I go to rehab my I-Mac? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Dec 29, 2008 - 8 answers

Ones and Zeroes and the air.

Help me understand wireless. I have an aluminum iMac, a unibody Macbook, and an iPhone 3G. [more inside]
posted by Manhasset on Dec 29, 2008 - 14 answers

Playing records and listening to my iMac through one system

I would like to set up a system where my turntable and my iMac all flow out of a nice set of speakers. I have no idea where to start. [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Dec 14, 2008 - 9 answers

Cannot connect to a running wifi network

NewbieWifiFilter: What could prevent OSX from logging on to a working wifi network that Airport detects? [more inside]
posted by jchgf on Dec 3, 2008 - 6 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

I want to recycle and be secure!

iMac G5--how do I wipe the drive prior to recycling? [more inside]
posted by 6:1 on Oct 9, 2008 - 13 answers

Does my Netgear router suck or is something else going on here?

Why is my brand new iMac (connecting to the internet wirelessly) having trouble staying connected when I download large files? [more inside]
posted by lbo on Oct 9, 2008 - 16 answers

Airport Distress

Airport Express and my iMac don't get along. My iBook works fine. What's wrong? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Oct 8, 2008 - 5 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

Please exorcise my iMac.

My aluminum iMac (running Leopard 10.5) is sporadically possessed by Satan. At least, that's the only thing I can think of. [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Sep 20, 2008 - 5 answers

Too Blu-ray Aye

Will my iMac G5 play blu-ray movies? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Sep 16, 2008 - 5 answers

A tv tuner for macs?

Can you recommend a good, reasonably priced, external HDTV tuner that will work with a friend's iMac? [more inside]
posted by wfrgms on Sep 13, 2008 - 5 answers

Mirroring the display on an iMac running windows

For a new iMac running Windows XP, I need to mirror/clone the display so it shows the same on the monitor and a projector. The graphics driver (for an ATI Mobiity Radeon HD 2600XT) doesn't support mirroring, but the iMac does it automatically. But the monitor and the projector have very different aspect ratios, and the same screen size gets applied to both. Is there a way to set two different screen sizes? There's nothing under the display preferences. Any third party software that would work?
posted by hydrophonic on Sep 9, 2008 - 6 answers

What's the coolest thing I can buy for $200?

What's the coolest thing I can buy for $200? [more inside]
posted by andreux on Aug 27, 2008 - 47 answers

Graphics driver issues for XP on an iMac

We can't boot into Windows XP, except in VGA mode, without the screen going black after the Windows XP "loading bar screen"; we can still hear everything, though. This is on an Intel iMac running Boot Camp, and the Mac side (Leopard) works fine, which leads me to believe this isn't a problem with hardware. [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Aug 21, 2008 - 6 answers

Which speakers should I get for my Mac?

I'm going to be relying on my iMac and the music stored on it for a while. I would like to get a set of speakers so that the computer sounds better. What reasonably-priced powered speakers have folks had success with? I'd rather not get a separate subwoofer. I'd be willing to get a small amp and use my small stereo speakers if all the other options are too crappy. Thanks.
posted by OmieWise on Aug 7, 2008 - 9 answers

DeadMacFilter: Will Target Disk mode screw up my healthy computer?

Dead hard disk on a G3 iMac. Seemingly healthy 2nd-hand G4 iMac. If I try to access data on the dead machine via target disk mode, is there a chance—any chance at all—that I could screw up the healthy machine? [more inside]
posted by neroli on Aug 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Memory Question

I have an iMac. I have 2GB. My iMac says I only have 1GB. Why? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Jul 30, 2008 - 18 answers

Going from an old PC to a new iMac, migration possible?

I'm finally retiring my dad's virus-laden PC running XP with a new iMac. Is there any way to migrate his old settings from the PC over to a VMWare instance of XP running on the iMac in case he must use a PC-only app after the upgrade to a new machine? [more inside]
posted by mathowie on Jul 23, 2008 - 9 answers

How to sell an iMac in NYC.

How to sell a two year old iMac in NYC? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Jul 16, 2008 - 12 answers

Two iPhone questions...

After being lied to repeatedly by my credit card company (PC Financial), I have two iPhone questions: 1) How do I get voice mails from my iPhone onto my computer? and 2) how do I record calls made on an iPhone? I have the 1.0 version of iPhone and an iMac if that makes any difference. Thanks!
posted by dobbs on Jul 16, 2008 - 7 answers

Windows XP-Boot Camp-File Checking nonsense

We are having a problem with hours-long file checks when booting into Windows XP (Home Edition, with SP2) via Boot Camp on an iMac running Leopard. [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jul 13, 2008 - 5 answers

Do I fix my sister's iMac?

I can fix my sister's iMac, but she doesn't want me to. Do I go behind her back and get it running again? [more inside]
posted by hellojed on Jun 30, 2008 - 28 answers

Need help with an old-ish iMac and iMovie

Help me with my outdated iMac and editing HD digital video - it doesn't recognize HD, so what do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by Nick Verstayne on Jun 21, 2008 - 10 answers

Just save the screen, OK?

My four year old IMac G4, which is out of warranty, has acquired this nasty habit of shutting itself off. What's going on? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jun 13, 2008 - 8 answers

Xubuntu on an iMac G3

Is it worth it to load xubuntu on a tray loading iMac G3, 333MHz, 64MB RAM, 6GB HD? [more inside]
posted by crios on Jun 5, 2008 - 19 answers

What are the Mac Software Must Haves

I just switched to Macs and I was a Windows power user (video editing, audio editing, scanning, graphic design, presentations, flowcharting, spreadsheets, databases, web design). What software can I absolutely not live without for the Mac? Being a fan of Open Source software (and excessively cheap) I'd prefer open source apps when possible.
posted by arniec on May 29, 2008 - 23 answers

'Genius' is being used with increasing sarcasm around my house

My 6-week-old refurb iMac has an intermittent high-pitched whine. Help me guide the Geniuses to a fix. [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed on May 12, 2008 - 9 answers

mumble grumble curse

I use iTunes Alarm, or used it anyway... I need help with getting rid of it and finding a replacement [more inside]
posted by Pants! on May 11, 2008 - 8 answers

End of product cycle iMac

May have bought an iMac a week too early, can I upgrade or at least get a refund of the price difference? [more inside]
posted by corpse on Apr 25, 2008 - 6 answers

Traveling with iMac

MacFilter: How hard is it to travel with a current-gen 20" iMac? [more inside]
posted by DoctorFedora on Apr 22, 2008 - 12 answers


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

Diagnose a computer-death, and advise on migrating the dead one to an imac?

My desktop computer is dead dead dead (I think -- can you help me be sure?). I was going to get a new iMac anyway, so now I'll just move those plans up. I understand there's a utility to migrate all my files from the old Windows machine to the new Mac -- how can I make that happen when the old one won't start? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk on Mar 27, 2008 - 10 answers

unlocking the magic box

my work threw out an old g4 imac (the dome with the flat-panel type) and i took it home (with their permission). unfortunately, when i boot it up, the only option it gives me is to sign in under the admin, and i don't know that password. our IT guy wasn't too much help. [more inside]
posted by kerning on Jan 26, 2008 - 4 answers

Nonintuitive and Seamful

Brand new iMac -- After I set up Parent Controls on a new account, my dashboard disappeared. I can't get it back. I found a long thread on the subject at, but none of the solutions worked for me. So - here is my question about Time Machine... [more inside]
posted by crapples on Jan 25, 2008 - 8 answers

New iMac owner seeking advice

OK: i know there are tons of posts asking some of the same things, and i have waded through many of them but may i beg your indulgence and ask a couple of relatively straightforward newbie questions? 1) If I need to work with Office documents from a PC environment (mostly word, occasionally PPT and excel) from time to time , can i do so without installing VM Fusion (which most here seem to favor) along with my Windows XP? Will Mac Office work with them? 2) Any discussions on how to best deal with the glare of the new monitor? 3) How good is the mail program: should i abandon gmail, run them both or go back to firebird? 4) Any reason to use safari if i already know firefox? Or consider one of the other choices? Thanks for indulging me. I have a lot to learn about this. ( )
posted by dougiedd on Jan 19, 2008 - 23 answers

IMAC purchase

Would like to finally buy an IMAC and wondering about the Timing of a purchase? [more inside]
posted by dougiedd on Jan 6, 2008 - 17 answers

Help me enjoy my iMac!

I'd like to move my 20" iMac from one country to another, but I'm not sure what the most cost-effective and safest method is. [more inside]
posted by dance on Jan 6, 2008 - 10 answers

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