For veteran iMac users, what do you do when the machine finish it life cycle?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Overg, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. Overg macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2012
    If you don't manage to sell it somehow, you are left with big screen and no computer...
    So you connect Mac mini to it?
    Or else?
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    If it's still operable, find some kind of use for it, somewhere, even if it's only for a dedicated task or two.

    I'm typing this on a 2004 g4 which still runs well enough for day-to-day uses, although it no longer has the horsepower to run some HD videos, etc. ...
  3. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Can you define 'life cycle' as you see it.

    It sounds to me like you mean ' it is no longer operating and out of warranty '?

    If I had one like that I would repair it, parts are available.

    For me as a professional user 'life cycle' is defined as THREE YEARS. I replace my primary iMac just before the Apple Care expires, hence the three year period.

    I will always sell if I cannot put one to use outside of my 'life cycle'. However my routine is like this .....

    I buy a new iMac with Apple care and hand my last one down to my kids. In turn I take the oldest iMac here, one I used years ago and sell it.

    I've never had a problem selling a functional iMac even an ancient one. Just have to realize what the true value is and accept that when you sell.
  4. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

    Tobias Funke

    Apr 3, 2012
    Take it apart and sell it in bits.

    Probably worth more than the whole!
  5. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    If you have a six year old iMac, which is about the age where it might become unusable, you are not actually left with a particularly large screen. And LCD displays do actually wear out, the brightness gets reduced, the quality of the display generally goes down, so it's not particularly worthwhile to continue using it.
  6. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    Put Tiger back on it, and reminisce. :)

    Or, in my case, put Tiger back on it, and realize that you like it better than Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion. :(

    Then get angry that you can't use it on a newer machine. :eek:

    Works great in my "workshop" area.
  7. CycloneX macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2012
    I use my old bondi G3 233 iMac (OS 8.6) to run my fav classic games and programs. My old G4 iMac (OS10.4) for the same reason, to run older PPC OSX games and software, like Adobe CS for Photoshop, and I have QuarkXpress as well. They are little time machines, of sorts, sometimes it's nice to go back and use the simple but speedy OS 8.6 and remember what using a computer was like in 1998. :cool:
  8. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Guess that means I'll have to take the old G5 iMac out of the family room and toss it in the trash! NOT! :D
  9. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I embalm it (remove the HDD) then give it an honorable burial in the backyard, with appropriate somber music, then drink a toast with champagne.
  10. forty2j macrumors 68030


    Jul 11, 2008
    I've sold 3 3+ yr old iMacs on eBay already. Hasn't been an issue.
  11. Rlnplehshalo macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2011
    Well after watching some 'build your own pc' videos, and with a bit of research I would think that you could upgrade some of the components to make it bearable and put in an SSD drive. Or you could scavange what you could from it's 'corpse' if you will, and build a new pc and recycle those parts.

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