Scratch remover and speed increase for white imac?

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  1. robotmonkey macrumors 6502

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    One of my family's macs (our second... the first is an SE/30 and it is working like a dream still) is a white intel imac. There are some scratches in the case and since the clear plastic seems pretty thick I can't help but wonder if there is a way to buff out, polish, or fill the scratches. Anybody got any ideas? Also, it is starting to feel a little sluggish (compared to how it used to feel), and I was wondering if anybody had any tips for getting this thing running at full speed again. It isn't snow leopard yet, just the non-snow variety, so that will probably help, but is there anything else? On windows one can defrag the disk and crap like that... anything like that on the mac? I can't stand to have things that aren't like or better than new :p
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Without knowing the specs (mostly RAM and hard drive), it's tough to give you advice.
     
  3. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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    HDDs work more efficiently when they have more empty space.

    As for repairing the HDD some, go to your applications, then utilities, then disk utility, then verify and repair your permissions for your hdd.
     
  4. iBecks macrumors 6502

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    Definitely max out the RAM and consider a faster hard drive.

    Try to leave a minimum of 10% available hard drive space and ensure you have done the permissions and disk repairs as previously stated.
     
  5. robotmonkey thread starter macrumors 6502

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    meh idk I was still fairly young when we got it.

    Checked wikipedia and it looks like it is an early 2006 model (1680x1050 display). It's the 250 gb hd and we haven't upgraded the memory so it should be 512 mb (wow that's low hahahaa). I don't think it's the later 2006 models because wikipedia says they used displays that aren't 1680x1050.
     
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    How about you go to the Apple Menu and click "About this Mac"? It'll tell you the essentials there.
     
  7. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    If its the Core Duo model :)apple: -> About this Mac...) then 2GB is the max you can put in and you should have that as anything less will feel slow with Leo.
     
  8. robotmonkey thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Don't know if it is the standard 128 mb of ram or the optional 256 mb, but I am assuming it is the 128. Any way to find out on disk utilities or something?
     
  9. robotmonkey thread starter macrumors 6502

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    wow I'm blind. I can't recall ever clicking :apple:
     
  10. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    About this Mac..->More info will tell you all about the hardware you have.
     
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    Core 2 Duo means you can take up to 3GB of RAM. Either as 1GB and 2GB or 2X2GB (with half of 1GB being ignored). The video RAM is not upgradable so what you got you got.
     
  13. robotmonkey thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks. Anybody got ideas for the scratches in the clear casing? We wanna see if this can last us another 4 years.
     
  14. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Yeah, RAM would probably be your best bet. Noticeable performance increase for not much money or installation trouble.
     
  15. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    You can try the toothpaste method used for glasses: http://www.ehow.com/how_5013183_remove-scratches-polycarbonate-lenses.html

    Toothpaste is a mild abrasive so do it on an inconspicuous area first. It may take more than one application to remove the scratch.
     
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    I would suggest Novus Plastic polish in regards to the scratches on the white plastic case. Google search for Novus. Trust me this stuff will take out the meanest scratches on clear, solid and translucent polycarbonate plastics. Use Novus 2 or 3 for deep scratches. I have used the product on both ipods and and white ibooks and Macbooks and it works well, I figure it should work just as well on a white imac as the plastic finish is similar to white mabooks and ipods.
     

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