Intel iMac - my worst Mac ever

Discussion in 'iMac' started by wetbaloney, Oct 14, 2006.

  1. wetbaloney macrumors newbie


    Oct 14, 2006
    in a little grass shack
    In the three months I've had my Intel iMac I have had to restart it (much of the time with the power-on/off button) more times than I did with my G4 iMac during the three years I had it.

    I am also having incessant issues with it not sleeping in a manner consistent with my Power Management preferences; with dock unhiding going down intermittently; with not waking up from sleep; with the system freezing when invoking sleep from the Finder; and various other stuff that just doesn't occur to me at this moment.
  2. Shadow macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Keele, United Kingdom
  3. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    What steps have you tried to address your problems?
  4. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    Maybe you should take the machine back to get repaired rather than tell random people on a forum? There is definitely something wrong with your machine, I own 2 Intel Macs and both are completely flawless. I've never had a kernel panic on either and they are on 24/7.
  5. mdntcallr macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    Take it to get repaired. there can be bad memory or a multitude of problems.

    Vast majority of people like the product.

    if you have a lemon, get it fixed
  6. imacintel macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2006
    You are like the only one I can relate to you.

    My history of problems with my iMac:

    Bought in March/06-THOUGHT was flawless and beautiful

    june/06 HD abnormally loud. replaced with new quieter seagate

    Sept leading into october- Apps randomly quitting. Logic Board replaced.

    I got this machine back on thursday. It is now saturday(where I am).Just discovered my LCD likes flickering. Waiting for MacBook.

    I am so dissapointed. I am one of the few who have lemon iMacs.

    I have always gotten lemon machines, like my HP Pavilion A500N and my Compaq Presario R4225CA(I know that off by heart from calling HPCompaq so many times:p )

    People say that the third time is the charm. I am hoping that my MacBook will be good.

    Now where is the smiley that is crossing it's fingers.:p
  7. mkaake macrumors 65816

    Apr 10, 2003
    Sounds like iffy ram...

    Definitely, as mentioned by many above me, get it fixed. It's got that nice warranty for things like this... :)

    As for lemons when buying HP's and Compaqs... I thought that was part of the deal?? :D

    Seriously though, working with a few different IT departments over the last few years (as side stints), the common thread between them has been to avoid Compaqs like the plague (before they dun merged with HP)... they never worked quite right...
  8. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    sounds like bad RAM. Maybe something else bad, like a logic board, but I'd bet RAM. In any case, I'd bet 2 to 1 it's hardware issue and can be repaired. That's just not normal behavior.
  9. EastCoastFlyer macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2006
    North Florida and Northern Delaware
    More Empathy

    I switched from PC (20+ years) to an iMac C2D 90 days ago, and while I absolutely love the thing when it runs, it has spent almost as much time in the shop as it has in my house. First it was the logic board, next it was the ram. A double-whammy lemon! We're doing fine now, though for 7 days running and finger crossed. So a bit of persistence and patience pays off. My biggest gripe really is with Apple customer service -- the Apple Care CSR spent more time trying to sell me an extended service plan than helping me diagnose the problem. Once I had it into the store, they made three date-certain return promises and didn't keep any of them -- and never notified me. Took a call to Apple Custmer Relations. Feeling better about it all now, though. Hang in there and just keep at them.
  10. kristiano macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2005
    I love my Intel iMac, it's my best Mac ever (as compared to my TiBook and iBook).

    Hope you get it fixed.
  11. astewart macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2006
    I second that!! I have had my iMac for almost 4 weeks now and have had no problems and hopefully won't ;)

    :) :)
  12. iBunny macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2004
    My Intel iMac I got in Feburary 2006 has been the best Mac i have ever had. I have not had one issue so far. :D
  13. mdntcallr macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    yay, im hoping to join you on the intel bandwagon, not ppc what i have.
  14. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    You've had these problems for 3 months and you haven't contacted Apple yet?
  15. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    Yup time to take that puppy into the Genius Bar or set up a case number with Apple Care (under warranty ) and return it to Apple for evaluation and repair.

    You want to establish a case number with Apple Care in either event.

    They will instruct you to either send it back or take it in to the local store.
  16. macfevorite macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2006
    I third that! Got my imac 20" 3 weeks ago. ABSOLUTELY love it. Switcher from Sony Vaio laptop.... I had no idea how much easier it is to use..
    I will NEVER go back, guess I've become a Mac addict!:D
  17. imacintel macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2006
    Are you all freakin' kidding? Of course I have taken it in to be serviced! And contacted AppleCare! That HD Didn't replace itself
  18. jimTV macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2006
    My first intel iMac crashed all the time. It crashed twice the first time I started it up! I lived with it for about a week, then realised there must be something wrong and sent it back. My new one hasn't crashed once.

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