Interesting find on my 24" iMac refurb!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by carman63, Nov 21, 2006.

  1. carman63 macrumors regular

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    So I was just looking through System Profiler today and discovered my 24" is reporting that the GPU is...

    A GeForce 7600GT w/ 256MB VRAM. :D

    I wonder how many others are seeing this?
     
  2. Scottyk9 macrumors 6502a

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    isn't that a built to order option?
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    That's the upgrade card for that computer... Apple's past policy has been to sell customized computers that fall into the refurb pool as the base stock model ... so people have reported getting more RAM, bigger HD's, and better video cards. So you got a nice early Christmas present from Apple. Enjoy! :)
     
  4. carman63 thread starter macrumors regular

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    It is a BTO option, yes.. So I got a refurb'd that was originally a BTO.

    There is fine print on the refurb page that says the software may be different (i.e., additional software on a case-by-case basis) but no mention of possible video upgrades.

    But hey, no complaints :)
     
  5. carman63 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'll take that! And it only took me a week to discover it! :p
     
  6. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    Congrats. Just one more reason to buy a refurb. I got lucky on the hard drive and the RAM in my Power Mac last year.
     
  7. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    awesome. I've heard of this happening quite a bit, but that's a really nice bonus because it wouldn't be otherwise upgradable. Congrats. :cool:
     
  8. McGarvels macrumors 6502

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    I had the same discovery on my 20" C2D. I found out that the video card was upgraded to 256MB AND to my even greater delight, I found out that the processor was upgraded to a 2.33GHz Processor (I almost cried at this point)...now if I can just get rid of this damn stuck pixel (though I dont' care nearly enough to have it fixed). I love you Apple.
     
  9. cmvsm macrumors 6502a

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    Great find Carman. No wonder your graphical apps are whizzing through with no problems. You're definately taking a chance with a refurb if you are actually wanting the card, as the system cannot be upgraded. You lucked out! Congrats
     
  10. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    Wow! What a sweet find!
     
  11. carman63 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I thought I saw a stuck pixel, but if I did I can't see it now. Even so, I'd trade one stuck pixel for a free video upgrade :)
     
  12. McGarvels macrumors 6502

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    Exactly, one stuck pixel is well worth it in my opinion. It's nice to be able to run Doom3 at the highest quality with no drop in fps. I'm extremely happy, considering this was an early xmas present.
     
  13. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

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    Well since your refurb was a BTO and there are no returns on these, you know something had to have been wrong with it...ha ha...but it is fixed now. All kidding aside, I am sure it is fine.
     
  14. McGarvels macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I don't care that much anyways. And actually, I thought that refurbished macs can still be returned within the 14 days no matter if they are BTO. I'm pretty sure that's how it is, but I could be wrong. Regardless, my 20" C2D isn't going anywhere, it would have to be pried out of my cold, dead hands first. lol. I'm so glad that I converted, Mac OSX with Mac hardware...it's like heaven
     
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    You might be surprised at how many BTO's end up getting returned DOA because of some stupid loose connection by the BTO techs or a faulty
    third party component.

    In this case, you done good!

    With refurbs, you get what THEY paid for. ;)
     
  17. carman63 thread starter macrumors regular

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    And I'm quite ok with that :)
     

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