Good bye, a dedication to the best computer i've ever had.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ksolano, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. ksolano macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2006
    Last night my 5year old white imac core duo died. Maybe a logic board failure, or something else but either way the computer wont boot, turn on anymore.
    Now for nearly 5years my trusted imac with its humble 1.83GHz processor and 1gig of ram saw me through the rise of Youtube, Skype, HTML5 to WoW. The little 20" imac held my hand through everything the computer world & the internet age created. The white stayed white, its airport wireless rocked on its whole life & worked flawlessly for such a long time.
    Its amazing how a computer can last so long & do so much with modest capabilities & its a sad good bye to such a good friend for 5years. :(

    Saying all that, hello new 21" core i5 3.60GHz iMac & i hope it serves me just as well. :D
  2. Btom macrumors 6502a

    Nov 19, 2009
    Is it normal and expected for an Apple computer to fail after just 5 years?

    Tom B.
  3. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    I sold on a six year old iMac DV which last heard in 2008 was still going strong at 9 years old, and gave away a PB G4 which is now 7 years old and still working (although with a new Hard Disk). Both were made prior to the Intel migration of course.
  4. BoingoBongo macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2008
    I'm typing this on my CD iMac from January of '06 that has always run flawlessly. I'd say failure after 5 years is a fluke.

    That being said, I still make backups regularly. ;)
  5. mlblacy macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2006
    the REAL Jersey Shore
    I will ask you a question...
    Is "normal" for any computer to have SOME sort of failure after "just" 5 years? Actually... I'll even answer it for you. Yes.

    That being said, our 2002 17" lamp arm iMac is still running.
    Our Biondi Blue iMac still ran fine after 10 years.
    My G4 still runs fine, and it is 10+ years.

    Have I replaced things on them, and on my 5 year old white 24" iMac as well
    (a video card), on the others I have replaced a power supply, a logic board, a hard drive, etc.. Some of that was covered under AppleCare, and some was on my dime. Does that mean they were a bad buy? No.

    My 24" is becoming a family computer, and it is being replaced by a new 27" i7. I expect it to go for another 3-4 years.

    Here is what you are missing, after a certain period of time you will WANT/need to upgrade, whether your computer is still functioning or not. Hard drives get bigger, computers get faster, RAM limits go up, and your new software may be constrained by your older hardware specs.

    To the OP, sorry to see your trusty friend go. You might want to take it in to an Apple store and see what it takes to bring it back. For $200-300 it might be worth it to get an extra computer that you might be able to get another few good years out out, if the cost is higher though it might not be worth it. Enjoy your new iMac!
  6. Jakelshark macrumors member


    Aug 4, 2010
    Memphis, TN
    Probably as likely as a PC going out. I had a PC desktop that went out after five years (closer to six though). On the other hand I still have a IBM Pentium 2 that sits and I had it running in a closet as a simple test serve till about '08. It's probably...hell 12 years old. Just needed a new fan on the CPU because the stock one burnt out. Still works as far as I know.

    128mb of ram, wooo!
  7. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    The longest I'd expect of a Macbook Pro is four years. A Mac Pro more like ten years. I think your iMac is just about right.
  8. Btom macrumors 6502a

    Nov 19, 2009
    The same here. My PC is ~12 years and still going strong (OK, I upgraded RAM to 1GB and HD to 120GB). 5 years is definitely not good IMHO.

    Tom B.
  9. Salacion macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2010
    Ah man I went through the same thing. I said goodbye to my 5 year girlfriend, she had a logic failure as well. She just wouldn't make sense anymore. She had humble processing power and a small cup size, but she stuck with me through my rises and venereal advancements. She also stayed white, and worked flawlessly for such a long time (rocking away). Its amazing how a female can last so long and perform so greatly with modest capabilities, and its a sad goodbye to her because of her failure.

    Saying all that, hello new bustier and more explorative processing power female. Hope you serve me just as well.
  10. weblogik macrumors regular

    May 7, 2007
  11. kazmac macrumors 604


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
    what a great story


    how great that your iMacs last so long. I hope my new one will last at least 4 years (hopefully whatever issues I'm having now keep being software issues).

    I would love to have an iMac last 5 years. And I hope the OP's new iMac lasts as long as his recently departed 5 year old iMac.
  12. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
    THE best post EVER!!!!
  13. Btom macrumors 6502a

    Nov 19, 2009
    Grudgingly agree.

    Tom B.
  14. kryptonitejesus macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    the pc i built myself just crashed maybe a month ago after 8 years of loyal service, however, I am now converting to a 27" iMac, cause I remember as a child my step dad always had the macs, I loved them, but this was like 14 years ago, Haha.
  15. SaSaSushi macrumors 601


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    Personally, I wouldn't know since I've never owned one for that long. I've been selling used and buying new on a 2 to 3 year cycle. Macs really hold their resale value, especially here in Japan. :)

    Stirring eulogy from the OP though. I had a 20" Core Duo iMac too. Great machine!
  16. Angelo95210 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2009
    Paris, France
    5 years is not a lot. I am typing on a 4 years old MBP and I hope to get it working at least 2 or 3 years more... So a desktop computer should me a lot more.
  17. aliensporebomb macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN, USA, Urth

    G4/400 = over 9 years old - still works fine.

    G5 2.5 = going on 6 years now.

    i7 iMac = 2 months and 3 days...
  18. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Y-you win... that is the most epic one I have read in the past few weeks at least.
  19. MonkeyET macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2009
    Coachella, CA
    After switching from PCs with an average life of 2-3 years, I would be stoked to get 5 years from my iMac. I have one down and would love it if it lasted even longer. The consensus I had received was that 5 years would be a good estimate. It sounds as if some of you long time users have gotten quite a bit of time from your past endeavors. Do you think the smaller the units are getting, the less time they will last in the effort to reduce size over functionality?
  20. Liquidus macrumors newbie


    Jul 30, 2010
    All of my Macs (check sig) run flawlessly. I never had a single hardware issue in any of them besides my X800XT in my PowerMac G5 dying but I blame ATI for that.
  21. Corruptitudes macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2009
    My Early 2008(May 2008 to be exact) just failed last week. I took it in two the apple store, and is currently either getting a logic board,video card, display screen replacement, or all of the above. The DVD drive failed less then a year ago. Luckily it has all been replaced under applecare. I purchased it new from and am shocked it only lasted 2 years and 4 months...

    I hope after getting all of this fixed, I will have a computer that will last for another 5 years or so....
  22. Elyquin macrumors member

    Aug 24, 2010
    Our G4 iMac runs fine. It never had a problem. The video ram is just too limited now with so much video and picture content on the web. Otherwise, it runs all the programs fine. I love the floating monitor.
  23. hippo206 macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2007
    Your using a 300 mhz computer? /doubt

    If you hadn't upgraded the HD, I think it would be safe to say by now it would have failed.

    At this point I have no use for a 5 year old computer. So a 5 year life span is perfectly fine with me. The current trend for me is that I donate it to my parents and they browse the net with it.
  24. rworne macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2002
    I have the following:
    Commodore 64: 25 years old, and still works.
    No name 486 tower: given away after 3 years, working.
    NeXT Cube & Turbocolor NeXT Station: 17 years old, still working.
    Gateway PII Tower, 12 years old, still working.
    2001 iBook, 2001 Dual G4 Powermac (donated to school), still working.
    2002 G4 iMac flowerpot. Still working.
    2005 (or so) G5 iMac: powersupply blows out on annual basis. Currently dead.
    2007, 2008, mid-2010 iMacs: all running strong.

    Based on this experience, I damn well expect computers that make it past the first few months to live forever - replacing the odd part or HD that fails, of course. The G5 iMac was the bitter pill out of the bunch, considering it was a fantastic machine otherwise, but my overall Apple experience is overwhelmingly positive.
  25. mwayne85 macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2009
    This post made my day.

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