Repurposing 2007 iMac

cmc1728

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My wife and I purchased her iMac in 2007, shortly after graduating college and getting her first job. We used it until 2015 when we upgraded to a new iMac 27 inch. I put it in storage and just pulled it back out again. After almost three years of not being used, it still fired up and started working! Currently formatting and installing El Capitan on it; cleaned it up and will let our 7 and 4 year old use it.

Makes me miss my old iMac G3 Bondi blue bubble one. Man, that was the machine!!

Anyone else using their 10+ year old iMac?
 
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Wrathwitch

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Alas, my GPU on my 2009 iMac, just officially died last week (tried the patch job of baking it in the oven, that worked for a week but it was just it's time to go). So I just carried home the replacement yesterday.
 

DeltaMac

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There's lots of folks in these forums with PPC Macs of various ages, in daily use.
Any of those will be well over 10 years old.
I have a snow G3 iMac that I fire up every month or two. Works every time - bought it new in fall 2000.
No longer a daily use, but I have some OS 9 apps with a mailing list database that doesn't exist anywhere else. I update that only on that iMac. The only problem that I have with that is trying to keep the old Epson printer working that is connected to it.
 

nambuccaheadsau

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I still have in the cupboard an original LC from 1991 with an RGB display. It runs OS 7.0.1 and is used for my Apple Quicktake Camera.

Mind you with the 8MB of memory and a 128MB hard drive it is not too fast these days.
 

Anonymous Freak

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I used a 2006 MacBook Pro as my primary system until about three years ago, when I got a used 2007 iMac cheap. I then lucked out and got a 2008 iMac free soon after (neighbor's computer, stopped working. He gave it to me for free if I'd recover his data. Needed a new hard drive (since I gave his back,) and new RAM as one had gone bad.) Kept that 2008 iMac until last year when I upgraded to a 2011.

I just (this morning) upgraded the hard drive in it (the old one was acting flaky,) and added an SSD to make a homemade "Fusion Drive", and it runs so much nicer now.
 

ElCani

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I'm using a 2007 20 inch iMac (upgraded with an SSD) in the garage. Works great for internet and music.
 

Fishrrman

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I still use my late-2006 white Intel iMac for music/audio production.
Worked fine yesterday.
 

elf69

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my 20" 2007 imac is my main home computer with a 20" cinema screen of same design and similar age.
With el capitan but have a cpu upgrade and plan on installing sierra with patcher.

very under rated machines and still happy for basic use.
i use youtube to play music while I browse facebook and several forums I use/run.

Not super fast or a anything but once an ssd and new cpu goes in will be fine.
I dont plan on replacing it yet unless it dies.
then will get a 2008/2009 model these things looks great and I can easily get inside to repair/upgrade!
 
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EugW

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I have a Core Duo 2006 iMac but it gets almost no use. Unfortunately, the latest OS it runs is 10.6.8, which is problematic. Nobody wants to support 10.6 these days. Chrome requires 10.9 or later, and so does Firefox. Netflix will run on it, but it does not play Netflix video well, so I have a "legacy" Netflix user account which is set to lower quality settings to get basic playback out of it, but it still sometimes stutters.

A 2007 iMac is much more usable though.

I recently replaced my 2010 iMac with a 2017 iMac. The 2010 runs the latest OS, but the fact it has a hard drive and only USB 2 was problematic. So I now have the 2010 iMac as a second screen for my 2017 iMac. You may have seen my Dual iMacs thread here in the iMac forum.
 

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