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imac boot failure

I've been given a pretty old g3 iMac that boots up to "MacOS: Boot failure - unexpected value for MacOS ROM entry in segment table" and what appears to be a prompt. I know nothing about macs! Is this thing fixable? And if so, how? [more inside]
posted by mcsweetie on Jul 30, 2006 - 7 answers

Photoshop and InDesign are not getting along.

I just installed the Creative Suite2 on my new Intel-based iMac. If I have InDesign open Photoshop will crash upon opening or crash InDesign and open Photoshop. The two will not run simultaneously. A fresh reinstall did not fix the problem. [more inside]
posted by spakto on Jul 28, 2006 - 24 answers

Multiple Mac Migration

Is it possible/advisable/etc. to use Migration Assistant to migrate data to one Mac from more than one Mac? [more inside]
posted by j-dawg on Jul 14, 2006 - 3 answers

Wake up iMac

Every time my Intel iMac sits idle for a few hours and goes into sleep mode, it won't wake up. I have to restart it. Any ideas on programs running or software issues that might be causing this? Any other suggestions?
posted by visual mechanic on Jul 11, 2006 - 10 answers

Best approach to wireless network for iMac g4 (lamp) and eMac

macfilter: What is the best way to create a wireless network between my eMac and iMac g4 (lamp) without using Airport or Airport Express? [more inside]
posted by greedo on Jun 26, 2006 - 5 answers

Powerbook as workstation: thumbs up or thumbs down?

Is it a good idea to use a Powerbook running closed-lid as a workstation? [more inside]
posted by j-dawg on Jun 15, 2006 - 13 answers

Any advice on reviving an iMac that stalls on bootup?

Any advice on reviving an iMac that stalls on bootup? I hit the knowledge base, chatted with a tech, ran various tests and tried the basic tricks, but still, no go. [more inside]
posted by pzarquon on Jun 14, 2006 - 11 answers

New SODIMM in an older machine?

Can I take the 512 meg SODIMM from a MacBook Pro (a PC2-5300 DDR2 chip, according to the MacTracker program), and put it in a 17" iMac G4, which wants PC2100? What are the rules on this kind of backwards compatability?
posted by Steve3 on Jun 2, 2006 - 5 answers

Troubleshooting Mac Audio Recording Problems

Major audio recording problems on an iMac - help?! [more inside]
posted by Dreama on May 14, 2006 - 10 answers

Canon 20d no longer appears on desktop

For a friend: Canon 20d not showing up on imac desktop... [more inside]
posted by sanko on Apr 10, 2006 - 5 answers

Nonfunctional linksys POS garbage router DIE DIE DIE

I have a Linksys WRT54GC router, and I can't get it to work on my iMac. [more inside]
posted by atom128 on Apr 3, 2006 - 17 answers

Freezing iMac.

"New" iMac G5 with a serious case of the freezies. Hardware test shows no problems with any hardware. Wiping and re-installing does no good. How on earth can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon on Mar 23, 2006 - 15 answers

Is Photoshop CS under Rosetta unbearable?

I currently run Photoshop CS (not CS2) on an 1GHz iBook G4. I find it performs well enough. Will Photoshop CS running on an Intel iMac under Rosetta feel a) agonizingly slower, b) about the same, or c) somewhat faster? [more inside]
posted by shaneflyer on Mar 17, 2006 - 17 answers

How to force iMac screen to sleep?

I have an iMac G5 (iSight) running Mac OS X 10.4. Is there a way to force the screen to go to sleep, but keep the computer running? [more inside]
posted by jaimev on Mar 13, 2006 - 12 answers

Are the new Macs worth the leap?

So is there a "MeFi concensus" on the new Intel Mac's? [more inside]
posted by hwestiii on Feb 28, 2006 - 26 answers

Am I bogging down my new iMac with software?

Am I bogging down my new iMac with software? I have a 20" Intel iMac with 512mb (adding another 1mb as soon as my Amazon rebate comes). I love it! This thing is so fast...starts up in about 10 seconds, responds quickly almost all the time. Once in a while it hesitates, I suppose due to a lot of programs open. [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze on Feb 15, 2006 - 23 answers

I Want Candy! (for my new iMac)

I've got a new Intel-based iMac to replace my G4 eMac. Is there any good eyecandy available in a Universal Binary? I sort of want to see it do something besides launch Safari really fast.
posted by mph on Feb 6, 2006 - 6 answers

Please help me get surround sound form an iMac G5.

Please help me get surround sound form an iMac G5. [more inside]
posted by Asef Jil on Jan 22, 2006 - 4 answers

Is it worth it for me to return my new (powermac) iMAC for a newer (Intel based) one?

I bought a 20" G5 iMAC two or three weeks ago, and now Apple has just released the new Intel based iMACs for the same price. They annoyingly brag that they're 3 times as fast. Is it worth it for me to try to return it and get one of the newer models?
posted by apetpsychic on Jan 13, 2006 - 30 answers

Why won't my Palm sync?

PalmFilter: My Tungsten E2 and iMac G5 don't seem to want to play nice together. [more inside]
posted by shallowcenter on Jan 10, 2006 - 8 answers

iMac randomly goes into sleep mode. Help!

My iMac randomly goes into sleep mode while I'm using it. It did it four times while I typed this question. WTF? It's an iMac 20" 1.8ghz. [more inside]
posted by Manhasset on Jan 2, 2006 - 23 answers

New iMacs - yay or nay?

I am planning to buy a new entry-level iMac with the built-in iSight and was wondering if anyone else has one already. What do you think about the machine? What kind of motion control do you have with the iSight, if any? (I'm an experienced Mac user, so I'm faimiliar with the OS already)
posted by cajo on Dec 28, 2005 - 9 answers

Can I use my iMac integrated monitor as a MacMini monitor?

Can I use my G4 iMac (the one that has a round base and a swivelly flat monitor) as a monitor/second hard drive for a new mac mini? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Dec 10, 2005 - 10 answers

How to print remotely in Tiger OSX

How do I print remotely from my Mac laptop to my Canon printer? [more inside]
posted by unclejeffy on Nov 20, 2005 - 10 answers


What's the advantage of having a desktop? [more inside]
posted by dpx.mfx on Nov 9, 2005 - 28 answers

Adding hard drive space to an older iMac

What is the best way to add HDD space to an older iMac? [more inside]
posted by Dreama on Nov 8, 2005 - 17 answers

Why do CD's burnt on my iMac skip in the car?

Why do CD's burnt on my iMac skip in the car? [more inside]
posted by dual_action on Oct 24, 2005 - 10 answers

Will Print Shop Deluxe 1.13 run on OS X?

My mother uses Print Shop Deluxe 1.13 on her Umax SuperMac running System 8.5.1. When she gets her new 20" iMac, will the Print Shop Deluxe software work? Is there an emulator needed/available?
posted by Argyle on Oct 21, 2005 - 6 answers

Can't burn a CD on external drive on OS X...

Problems burning a CD on an external drive using an iMac G3 600 with Tiger [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Oct 1, 2005 - 8 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

Should I RAM one slot, or two? Huh huh.

I'm thinking about buying a new iMac G5, and I'd like to bump the RAM up to 1GB from the standard 512MB. The Apple customization menu gives you the option of getting 1GB in two DIMMs or one; the latter is $50 more expensive. Is there any performance benefit in having all the RAM in one place, or is it just a question of keeping a slot open?
posted by logovisual on Jul 13, 2005 - 14 answers

Mac OS9 HD Crash

I'm a pc guy, but my friend's imac hard-drive has crashed. I managed to salvage the entire drive on a dvd, but otherwise it's been rendered inoperable. So, my question: can I just copy the appropriate folders (keeping directory structure) from the dvd to the new (essentially empty) drive and have everything work as before? Can I do this for specific software, such as outlook (all saved emails lost!) or word? Or do I have to to a manual re-install of all software, export of emails, etc., as any self-respecting pc would require. Mac OS 9.22
posted by pinto on May 9, 2005 - 3 answers

Should I get a iMac for my mom?

MothersDayFilter: Should I get a new iMac for my mom? [more inside]
posted by reverendX on May 8, 2005 - 23 answers

Flashblock help

I downloaded the Flashblock extention for Firefox a couple of months ago, and now I seem not to have even the option to look at flash sites. [more inside]
posted by interrobang on May 3, 2005 - 9 answers

Back-panel and memory help needed by new Mac Switcher

Received the shiny iMac G5 yesterday, along with 512 mb RAM from Crucial. Can't get the memory to fit in the slot. Replaced back panel for the meantime but couldn't get it flush again. Newbie nerves, indeed. Help!
posted by desuetude on Mar 23, 2005 - 15 answers

Apple hard drive

I have an old iMac that I want to get rid of and I want to erase the hard drive before I give it to someone/recycle it. The computer is screwed up (battery died, long story), and the only way I can erase it is to go up to the "erase" option in the drop down menu. I did that, and it seemed to work. Then, I reinitialized the hard drive. Does this mean it's really erased completely, or is the info still on there?
posted by braun_richard on Mar 2, 2005 - 17 answers

Monitors for a mini

I'm going to buy my mother a new Mac Mini once the new iteration of OS X is out. Can anyone recommend a decent 15 or 17" flat panel display to go with it? I heard that you can get one for about $250 – $300, are those decent?
posted by luriete on Feb 13, 2005 - 16 answers

Mac Screen Readability

MacFilter: How do you make the screen fonts bigger in OS X? I've just upgraded my grandmother from a virus-infested WinME box to a 17" iMac G5. Unfortunately, the text is much too small for her to read clearly, and she wants her WinMe box back. I've changed the resolution down to 1024x768. Other than seriously degrading the image quality, it doesn't make the fonts much larger.

I'm comfortable working with the command line and editing plists, so don't hold anything back.
posted by b1tr0t on Jan 26, 2005 - 15 answers


Garageband came with my computer, and I don't understand it at all. I was expecting it to be simpler than a four-track, but it's not. My computer (a G5) tells me that it has a built-in microphone, but when I play with Garageband, nothing happens. Are there any simple and detailed web tutorials about how to use this program? Caveat: I am basically computer-illiterate.
posted by interrobang on Jan 12, 2005 - 8 answers

Teaching computer skills to grandparents

What's the best way to teach basic computer and internet skills to two grandparents with an iMac who have only used WebTV? [More Inside.] [more inside]
posted by esd on Dec 29, 2004 - 13 answers

Hack a PC power cable to fit iMac

I brought my flat-panel Imac home from work over the break, and forgot the power cord. It's a two hour round trip, so I was wondering if it's possible to hack a PC power cord and get it to fit into the Imac's clover-shaped receptacle. Or, if there's another way around this. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Dec 29, 2004 - 7 answers

iPod compatibility with tray-loading Mac?

Was there any generation of iPod that was compatible with a tray-loading iMac? If not, what mp3 player/software would you recommend for such a user?
posted by blueshammer on Dec 14, 2004 - 6 answers

Wireless Networking

Wire[d|less]NetworkingFilter: I have a snow Airport base station that I can happily configure via ethernet cable from a non-wireless-enabled Graphite iMac running 10.3.6 and configure and connect with (using the 56k modem) using a wireless-enabled computer. I want to connect using the ethernetted iMac. Is this possible? [mi] [more inside]
posted by caitlinb on Nov 29, 2004 - 3 answers

Mac Speakers

I'm getting the new iMac in the mail on Tuesday, and I want to watch DVDs on it. I'd like to buy a set of 5.1 Surround Sound speakers for it, but as far as I can tell, you can't really just buy a set of speakers and plug them into the headphone jack on your computer. Or can you? My main interest in 5.1 Surround Sound is mostly for using the enhanced "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" DVD, so this isn't really that big a deal, but I haven't found a simple setup for 5.1 speakers online.

If this is indeed not possible, what's a good set of Macintosh-usable speakers that cost around two hundred dollars?
posted by interrobang on Nov 21, 2004 - 6 answers

Help, there's no more room on my Notebook!

iMac notebook + OS9 + OSX = no hard drive space. Even more helpful, installing/reinstalling anything doesn't seem to work. iMore inside... [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Nov 8, 2004 - 4 answers

Freeware or shareware games for old iMac (256MB, either 266 or 333Mhz)? Especially first person shooters?

I'm giving away an old tray-loading iMac (256MB, either 266 or 333Mhz, I really can't recall right now) to a friend and have loaded it up with productivity-related stuff. Now I'm looking for games I can download. Freeware and shareware, preferably, as opposed to warez (although if you care to recommend a NES/SNES/etc. emulator ...). In particular, is there a decent FPS I can download for this machine? [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Nov 5, 2004 - 5 answers


I am using Ical on my Imac and Ibook. I need to Isynchronize them without using Webdav or .mac. Given that the files generated by Ical are straight text, and complient with the IETF spec., is there some simple, smart way to do this?
posted by mecran01 on Oct 18, 2004 - 8 answers

Remotely controlling a DSL connection

Here the short story...Is there anyway to remotely disconnect/connect dsl connections under OS X? the long story inside.... [more inside]
posted by ShawnString on Oct 12, 2004 - 7 answers

MS Word Color

When I create a background color is MS Word, and then print it out, the yellow on the screen takes on a green cast, and after a bit of fiddling, I can't seem to compensate for this effect. Is this inevitable, or, is this a function of working on a 5 year-old iMac, whose screen is losing it's phosphors? Any suggestions on how to efficiently match the screen color to the paper color? (I've adjusted the screen options in the OS already)
posted by ParisParamus on Oct 3, 2004 - 4 answers

Mac Newbie

I am about to order an iMac, my first Macintosh. What do you wish someone had told you when you got your first Mac? (mi) [more inside]
posted by lbergstr on Sep 29, 2004 - 46 answers

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