Coming back to the desktop

Mundy

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I've been strictly mobile for the past six months, using a MacBook Core 2 Duo. While it's a great machine, I've missed having a desktop computer sitting in my office. Today my sentimental feelings for a desktop computer got the better of me, and I purchased a new 24" iMac configured-to-order from Apple.

Here are the specs:

• 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme
• 4 GB RAM (I ordered it from OWC, not Apple)
• 500 GB SATA hard drive

I intentionally purchased it just before the Leopard release because I don't plan on immediately upgrading from Tiger. I'll probably wait until 10.5.1 is released before taking advantage of the $10 upgrade.

Now the waiting begins. It will be nice coming back to the desktop!
 

jlanuez

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Sep 13, 2006
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• 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme
• 4 GB RAM (I ordered it from OWC, not Apple)
• 500 GB SATA hard drive
We, just Monday, got the same machine. It totally locked up (on restart wiht grey apple and spinning ball) on day one so I (at Apple Support's direction) took out the 4GB OWC ram and put back in the 1GB of Apple ram and had to reinstall the OS and begin again! Everything is fine with the 1GB ram. My plan is to let it got a few days like this and then upgrade the ram again and see what happens.
 
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Mundy

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Sorry to hear that. You might have received some bad RAM, in which case I'm sure that OWC will make it right. I buy a lot of products from OWC for my clients, and they've always taken good care of me.

When you try that OWC RAM again, maybe you should run the Apple Hardware Test. When I had a MacBook Pro that was acting strange, the AHT immediately (and correctly) identified that I had a bad RAM module.
 
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jlanuez

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Sorry to hear that. You might have received some bad RAM, in which case I'm sure that OWC will make it right. I buy a lot of products from OWC for my clients, and they've always taken good care of me.

When you try that OWC RAM again, maybe you should run the Apple Hardware Test. When I had a MacBook Pro that was acting strange, the AHT immediately (and correctly) identified that I had a bad RAM module.
Thanks.
What is the Apple Hardware Test?
 
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Mudman1948

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Sep 21, 2007
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OWC is Good

I bought the same machine, basically (320gig HD instead of 500), back in early September (15th-ish??) I also bought 4 gigs of Ram from OWC. I've had no trouble with them thus far, and doubt I will have any trouble in the future.

It's been a great machine.
 
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georgeoommen

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Apr 12, 2007
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I've been strictly mobile for the past six months, using a MacBook Core 2 Duo. While it's a great machine, I've missed having a desktop computer sitting in my office. Today my sentimental feelings for a desktop computer got the better of me, and I purchased a new 24" iMac configured-to-order from Apple.

Here are the specs:

• 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme
• 4 GB RAM (I ordered it from OWC, not Apple)
• 500 GB SATA hard drive

I intentionally purchased it just before the Leopard release because I don't plan on immediately upgrading from Tiger. I'll probably wait until 10.5.1 is released before taking advantage of the $10 upgrade.

Now the waiting begins. It will be nice coming back to the desktop!
whether you want to upgrade to leopard now or not, I think now is the best time to be buying a mac. You get Tiger pre-installed and you're eligible for the up-to-date program where you get Leopard for only $9.95 of £5.95 depending on where you are.. (not sure of the € price). So if you want to wait till leopard reaches 10.5.1 thats fine. just hang on to leopard install disc and wait...
 
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Mundy

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Thanks.
What is the Apple Hardware Test?
It's a test that will stress your processor, RAM, hard drive, and other components and let you know if they "pass." If a code is listed at the end of the test, then something in your system is not functioning correctly. Apple Support can decipher the code(s) for you.

Here is Apple's documentation: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303081

Long-story-short: Insert the Mac OS X Install Disc 1 into your optical drive, restart the computer, and hold down the "D" key as soon as you hear the startup chime. The Apple Hardware Test will then start.
 
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Mundy

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This is my first desktop Mac :D An iMac Alu 20" 2.4Ghz.
I've been using two iBooks(a 14" and a 12") since 2004. :)
Notice much of a speed difference? Is Safari snappier? :D
 
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jlanuez

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Sep 13, 2006
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USA
It's a test that will stress your processor, RAM, hard drive, and other components and let you know if they "pass." If a code is listed at the end of the test, then something in your system is not functioning correctly. Apple Support can decipher the code(s) for you.

Here is Apple's documentation: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=303081

Long-story-short: Insert the Mac OS X Install Disc 1 into your optical drive, restart the computer, and hold down the "D" key as soon as you hear the startup chime. The Apple Hardware Test will then start.

Thanks for this info!!!! :D
 
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