I HATE setting up a new computer. (Rant.)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by daniel1948, Nov 26, 2015.

  1. daniel1948 macrumors 6502

    daniel1948

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    This is just a rant. There's nothing useful here. I need to rant right now and this seemed like as good a place as any. Feel free to ignore this thread.

    I bought my first iMac in 2006 when I finally got sick of Windows. I never regretted switching. The only problem I ever had with it was when the Ethernet died, and I solved that with a cheap Ethernet-to-USB adapter. It worked fine and did what I wanted it to. OS X 10.6.8 was the last OS I had on it, since I decided not to upgrade to 10.7, and after that nothing else would install on it. Now it's not compatible with my iPad or my iPod, and there are things it won't do, or does poorly because the hardware is so out of date.

    So I bought a new 21.5-inch 4K iMac with the i5 chip, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD. It arrived 18 1/2 hours ago and I've been pulling my hair out ever since. I HATE the damn thing! First, I could not connect my external backup HD to fetch files I wanted, because the HD uses Firewire and the new iMac does not have firewire. I'm going to have to get an adapter. Then I could not use Migration Assistant because the OS versions are too far apart. I used Air Drop from my iPad to bring some pictures over, since the improved screen resolution was one of the reasons I wanted to upgrade. But neither Preview nor Photos will allow me to set the default to "Open pictures at full zoom to fill the window." The pictures have enough resolution to look beautiful zoomed to the full screen, but I have to zoom each picture one at a time. And I cannot get the computer to recognize either my nice Logitech wireless solar-powered keyboard or my Bluetooth trackpad, so I'm stuck using the really crummy little Apple keyboard with no number pad and the "magic" mouse, which to give it its due is better than other mouses I've used, but nowhere near as nice as my trackpad.

    The photo app I used on the old Mac has in the intervening years been "improved" to the point that I cannot use it. I tried to download a card game from the Mac app store and all I got was a text file full of gibberish. I downloaded Gimp for pictures, and it would not run. At least I was able to get Chrome and NeoOffice, and use iCloud to migrate a few files over.

    I'm sure there will be other exasperations.

    I'll probably like it once it's all properly set up, but for now I hate this thing, and my only consolation is that I can take it back and get my money back. If you ask me now, that's probably what I'm going to do. I know from experience that it gets better, but right now it seems as though they've done EVERYTHING wrong.

    Thanks for letting me rant.

    BTW, in contrast, I love my new iPad Pro (128 GB, Wi-Fi only) and will definitely be keeping unless it develops a defect. It could almost, but not quite, replace the desktop computer.

    I remember in the early 1970's when I got a kitten. Home computers did not exist. I wrote letters sitting in an easy chair with a clipboard and ball-point pen, and the kitten would climb into my lap and try to steal my pen. Everything was so much easier. I'm addicted to gadgets, but I don't think they actually make my life any better.
     
  2. crouchingtiger macrumors member

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    Just plug an Ethernet cable into both Macs and use Migration assistant...
     
  3. JeffyTheQuik macrumors 68020

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    You sound just like me when I went from Windows to a Mac.

    After a month, I started liking it, and since I use Windows at work, and on my server, I'm equally fluent in each.
     
  4. nuttyboy78 macrumors newbie

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    I agree completely!
     
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  6. WesCole macrumors 6502a

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    I find that setting up a new PC is the best part of getting it. Gives me a chance to get rid of all the junk I don't need anymore and start fresh. Kind of like cleaning out the garage...you never know how much useless stuff you have until you start to go through it. Haha.
     
  7. Max(IT) Suspended

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    everyone is entitled to rant.

    Basically half of your complains are about your "fault" (not actually faults, but just the reason you used to work on a quite old Mac with old peripherals and a quite old version of OS X), a good part are Apple decisions not hidden (FireWire is part of the past) and others are unexplainable (a card game showing text only on App Store ? Gimp not working ?).
     
  8. daniel1948 thread starter macrumors 6502

    daniel1948

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    I don't have a spare Ethernet cable on hand, and as I pointed out, Migration Assistant won't work between the two computers, due to the old OS being too old.

    I finally figured out that the other hole in the old HD is a USB connector, but shaped differently than I'm used to because the standard calls for a different shape on peripherals than on computers and hubs. Today after my morning run I'm going out to buy the cable.

    I'll just transfer the files I know I'll want, or think I might want, and leave the rest on the HD. That way they'll be available but not cluttering up the new computer.

    Thanks, friend. Letting it out helps. :)

    Yeah, you're entirely right. It just seems wasteful to buy a new computer every 3 or 4 years when the hardware is solid and reliable enough to last for ten or fifteen years. :(
     
  9. daniel1948 thread starter macrumors 6502

    daniel1948

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    P.S. Last night, for no apparent reason that I can discern, the computer suddenly decided to recognize my Logitech wireless solar-powered keyboard, and my wireless trackpad. This makes working on it MUCH better.
     

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