How Reliable is your Mac??

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Leaver, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. Leaver macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2007
    Hi there

    I Have an intel iMac that seems to crash a lot and i was wondering how evryone else's macs are behaving! i took it back to the mac store and they can find nothing wrong with it - it just hangs every so often and i have to reset it - so frustrating for a mac!

    i thought this would be a good place to ask how other intel macs are doing. i am suspecting that this is an intel thing!

    Cheers - Dan
  2. EM87 macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2006
    Brisbane, Australia
    Mine is the least reliable computer I have ever used, and I am a long time Windows user.

    It frequently freezes on me, often it will not shut down and now it has decided not to boot at all.

    Oh the joys of being a Mac user:rolleyes:

    Buying a Mac is the worst mistake I have ever made. From now on I am going to stick with Linux and Windows.
  3. bartelby macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004
    My least reliable Mac was my 7500/100 running OS 7.6. That was horrible!
    OS 8.0 was good and 8.6 was ok.

    Since using OS X though (since 10.2 was released) I've had 4 kernel panics across a G4 Quicksilver, a G4 PowerBook and a G3 PowerBook.
    Hardware wise they all been reliable except the G4 PowerBook that had a Logic Board fail and the Ambient Light Sensors no longer work.
  4. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    It's still within warranty, so take it back and tell them whats what.

    If Apple made hardware which was really that unreliable, they wouldn't be around today.

    For those who say the intel systems are unstable now, just hang in there until Leopard comes out. 10.4 for Intel was pretty rushed, and there are a lot of holes to be fixed, which (i believe) is the reason 10.5 has been held out for so long. I reckon it will fly on the Intel machines like you won't believe.
  5. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Extremely reliable. The most reliable computers I've ever used. 1 at home, 8 at work... the work ones don't even need IT support.

    For those of you who have had problems, I suggest you try to find out what is wrong with it instead of contributing unsubstantiated and vague complaints about the platform.

    So your Mac doesn't boot? Use the diagnostic tools to find out what is wrong with the hard drive. All computers have them, you know.
  6. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    My iMac G5 and Core Duo MacBook are completely reliable.
  7. EM87 macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2006
    Brisbane, Australia
    I'm taking it to the Apple Shop tomorrow, hopefully they can fix it. I do like the iMac but it is hard to love it when it is always freezing on you.

    Could you please check out my latest thread in this part of the forum, I think you may be able to help me.
  8. Erasmus macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    Hiding from Omnius in Australia
    I am a happy owner of a G4 Cube.

    Sure, it sometimes freezes, usually if I leave it for a few hours. It sometimes fails to wake up, and every few days I find myself needing to hold down the power button.

    Considering how much freeware I run on it though, it's a wonder it works, let alone works as well as it does!

    This computer has been my only computer for over six years now. In that time it has needed a new power supply, and a new hard disk. It came with System 9.1, I think, but it could have been 9.0. Since, I have installed OSX 10.0, 10.2, 10.3, and now 10.4. The screen has never had a dead pixel, and other than a dead HD and PSU, I have never had an issue that a simple restart hasn't fixed, although a good disk format and system reinstall every couple of years seems to keep it running smoothly when it gets too bogged down with the random stuff I run on it.

    Although I intend to get a new Apple laptop within the next month or so, I will always keep this computer. My parents both have black G3 Powerbooks which would have to be about 10 years old and still run great, although I can't believe how my Mum puts up with how slow it is.

    All in all, I am sorry that you have had such problems with your computers, but you should know that you are certainly in the minority. The vast majority of Mac owners are more than delighted with their machines, which continue to run excellently well past their intended lifetime. It saddens me that you are judging the quality of a brand of computer on one example. You are just unlucky. Take it to an Apple store, and have them look at it. If no joy, back up your data, format the disk and put a fresh system install on it, and see if there are still problems. If not, then make sure you watch what programs you run. If you download random stuff on the net, then you take the chance of destabilising your system, just like any other operating system. If you only use software from reputable sources, and keep your computer's software up-to-date, Apple computers will run for days, if not weeks, and not freeze. Many people on these forums will confirm this.

    In conclusion, don't base all your opinions on one piece of bad luck. Beware running badly made applications from non well known sources, and enjoy the computer you have, because there are plenty of Windows to Mac converts that will never look back, and love OSX.
  9. BoyBach macrumors 68040


    Feb 24, 2006
    I've had my iMac since November 2005 and not had a single problem with it - hardware or software-wise.

    In fact, in all of my 'computer-ing life' the only problem that I've had was with the DVD-ReWriter tray 'sticking' on my old Compaq laptop.

    I've been lucky with my computers.

  10. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    Keep in mind, it was booting just fine until you decided to put Windows on it. ;)
  11. EM87 macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2006
    Brisbane, Australia
    I had thought of that...

    Anyway I am really pissed now as I had a assignment on it that is due in 2 days and it was the only full copy I had of it, I did not see a need to save it on my iPod or USB stick as I didn't think OS X would do something like this.
  12. amiga macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2006
    Now they are fixed both my Power Mac G5 and iMac G5 are amazing but they were a nightmare at times :( so much so I wished I could rely on a trusty Amiga...
  13. sunfast macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2005
    My G4 iMac has never missed a beat, it's a superb machine. My MacBook has had battery problems (battery replaced under warranty).

    I've had worse experiences with my PCs (when I had some). My VAIO had two replacement hardrives.
  14. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    If your Mac isn't very reliable then it's very broken. If it's just a software thing then it may be that reinstalling OS X solves your problems. If it's a dodgy unit, however, and it's relatively new then I'd push very hard for a replacement.

    When folk harp on about how amazingly rock solid their Mac's are they're not lying, but that's not to say that every machine that rolls out of Apple is perfect.
  15. RacerX macrumors 65832

    Aug 2, 2004
    All my systems are very reliable... this PowerBook I'm using has been up for 139 days (and would have been up even longer if I had a working battery for it :eek: ).

    I try to make it very clear to my clients, crashes/freezes/etc. are not normal for Macs. If you are having problems... you actually have problems, and they need to be addressed.
  16. Leaver thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2007
    Here's the Backstory!

    Hello again - 14 posts in half an hour - this place is busy :)

    Just thought i'd fill you in on the backstory

    Bought the mac in sept06 and it would crash (beachball spinning and just hanging) and i would have to hard reset the mac every so often from when i bought it! i thought i had done something to the settings or OS so i tried to diagnosis it myself, i tried all of my peripherals in a different port and with EVERYTHING unplugged even the network but it still crashed so i archive and reinstalled osx - still no better so it went back to the shop, i got it to crash at the genius bar just by using it normally, on an external HD with a completley different OS than mine on it. they kept it for 3 days and couldn't find anything wrong with it. They suggested i reinstall the OS from Scratch so i did that and i only put essential music stuff on it (that's what i bought it for) and it is still crashing - it even crashed half way through typing this! i have had to do this on my windows PC :( - something is wrong, and i was just wondering if it had anything to do with intel and tiger

    sorry for the rant but i just want a mac that works!

    cheers for the replies - Dan
  17. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Macs have been the most reliable computers for me. Of all the macs i've owned the one that gave me major issues was the 1.5GHz PowerBook simply because it had the most trips to AppleCare due to logic board replacements. All others have been mostly peachy. My current C2D MBP is the same, running smoothly, i've only had to replace a defective battery thus far. Otherwise...peachy.
  18. Tymmz macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
    you were asking for intel macs, but i can only refer to my PPC 12'' PB and I must say it is freaking reliable. I think one kernal panic in more than a year. I love that machine!

    Sorry to hear about your trouble. Put some friendly pressure on Apple and tell them what's going on with your machine and let them sort it out. Once the hardware is fixed you won't regret the purchase.

    good luck

    EDIT: lucky me, I never had bad experiences with hardware-purchases, but I'm preparing for the day when I really have to complain to someone.
  19. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    most of my macs have been fairly reliable. my current macbook and ibook g4 run fabulously (as did my old dual g5), all without a hitch, especially since switching to mac os x. i've had problems in the past, though, with a g3 imac and a g4 cube, so i wouldn't go out of my way to say that macs are more reliable than other pc's out there. the mac is reliable, sure, but i don't think any more so than, say, a vaio.
  20. Butters macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2006
    My intel machine has more reliability issues than my G4 but like others have mentioned I think that's because of 10.4 intel being rushed.

    Hopefully Leopard will make it shine
  21. mattscott306 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2007
    I have had my PB since September of '04, since then I have taken 2 trips to procare, the first was to drop of my PB becuase I busted the screen (feel asleep working on a project, mac fell=bad news), the second trip was to pick up the powerbook from said incident. I did have my system freeze up once, it was back when I was running on 126 megabytes of ram, and I decided to open up photoshop, that was a BAD move. Other then that those (both of wich are pretty much my fault) there have been no problems.
  22. phungy macrumors 68020


    Dec 5, 2006
    I'm I have gotten about 2 freezes and occasionally beach balls of death yet I'm very content with mine.
  23. rogersmj macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    My iMac, my first Mac and now five months old, has been wonderfully reliable. I've had just one kernel panic, and it was when I was screwing around with an odd piece of USB hardware. Other than that, it has never crashed, never locked up on me, never let me down.
  24. maccam macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2007
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2002
    Bay of Fundy
    I've owned something like 12 Macs over the years and they have all been very reliable. I've probably had 6 kernel panics in the past 7-8 years, and half of those were due to me fiddling around. Now I haven't owned any Intel macs yet so I can't speak on that (I'm waiting for Leopard), but all the machines I've owned are still operational, and really the only bad thing I had happen was one Powerbook arrived DOA, but I got it replaced and never had a single issue.

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