intel imac maintenance ??

Discussion in 'iMac' started by talkindrum, Jul 9, 2010.

  1. talkindrum macrumors newbie

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    my intel imac is coming up on 3 years old, and ive never done any kind of
    maintenance on it.
    this is my first mac, is there anything i should do or need to know?
    it is still running pretty smooth, not slow or anything... just seems like i
    should empty the cache or something... is all that stuff really automatic on
    a mac?:confused:
     
  2. TMRaven macrumors 68020

    TMRaven

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    Do a disk permission repair from time to time-- which you'll find under disk utility. That's about it.
     
  3. Aktchi macrumors newbie

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    From your description, looks like you have enough memory. If less than 4GB, consider adding some. Consider Macaroni for running routine disk chores silently. If you are not making back-ups, start those. Otherwise keep liquids, dirt, food crumbs away; clean the lcd screen once in a while; and just enjoy it. :)
     
  4. talkindrum thread starter macrumors newbie

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    hey,
    what does this do? is it like a hardrive test for bad sectors ?
     
  5. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

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    Sometimes you have to take it into the shop to have your hard drive rotated and RAM fluid replaced. :D

    In all seriousness though, I don't there's much maintenance to do. I am not convinced about the permissions thing either. If it is working fine it will keep working fine. It is not like a PC that gets bogged down with spyware and stuff.

    On my mac, I format it every once in a while just to get a clean start. But thats more of a preference thing than a maintenance or necessity.

    Edit: I just reread some of the above posts. I agree with Aktchi, just clean the LCD once in a while (as needed) to get rid of dust and such. Use a microfiber cloth so you don't scratch it and don't use any abrasive cleaners. And of course, back up your important data. But that's not really a maintenance for your iMac thing as much as a common sense thing to do on every piece of computer equipment you own.
     

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