Potential deal on used IMACG4 - Advice, anyone?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by cluelessila, Mar 15, 2004.

  1. cluelessila macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2004
    I am new to buying computers. I found a deal on a used G4 Imac
    Price: $1000.
    17 inch monitor
    Only 1 ghz. Apple doesn't even sell these anymore.
    250 mb ram
    80gb hard drive
    DVD and CD burner.
    5 months left on the warranty.

    I am an amateur digital photographer and I would be buying this computer to store my photos and make dvds to send to my family.
    Other than word, I can't see myself using it for anything else.

    I can wait three months. Should I? I have a hard time thinking I'll get anything in this price range even in three months but what do I know?

  2. gopher macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2002
    Maryland, USA
    Any deal which is too good to be true should be avoided. There have been many fraudulant auctions for Macs on eBay as Macintouch found out:


    Go with one of these dealers if you want a used/refurbished Mac:


    And yes the Superdrive models of the iMac are great for the purpose you want.

    When making DVDs to send to your family, find out if any of them are using PCs. For them you might find it better to burn an ISO-9660 CD-ROM than using the direct method of burning data from iPhoto. The software called Toast gives you that ability.
  3. cluelessila thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2004
    Thanks. Follow-up questions.

    Thanks so much for the advice.

    Let me follow up. He said I could check it out personally. Is there any way I could test it to see if it works? Some tricks of the trade to confirm the machine is okay?
    Plus, if it is under warranty, won't I still be protected if there is anything wrong with it.
  4. cluelessila thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2004
    Burning DVDs

    Wait, I though I could just burn DVDs from the Imac. Why would I burn it on to CDs if I can burn it on to a DVD?

  5. cubist macrumors 68020

    Jul 4, 2002
    Muncie, Indiana
    He means you could write data CD-Rs with the image files on them (JPEG files) so they can look at them on the PC in higher resolution.
    You don't need Toast for that.

    I recently did a slide show of stills onto a DVD. I used "Ken Burns effect" on each one of them, in iMovie. It came out very good. I also did a Video CD (which plays in DVD players) using Toast, but it was very grainy-looking. Neither process was very fast - in fact, the process took hours - but the DVD was very nice.

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