Two Questions For Imac Noob

Discussion in 'iMac' started by AFSTER, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. AFSTER macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2011
    I got a 27inch iMac 2011, couple of weeks ago

    i plan just to keep it on all the time, i have set the monitor to turn off after 5 mins

    now what do i do regards the other setting, do i put a timer on that or do i just say never, its for the hard drive i think

    also i have upgraded the memory and bought corsair 2 x 4gb, can i keep the original 2 x 2gb or do just install the new memory

  2. meli macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2004
    It's a personal preference, I put my computer to sleep after 30 minutes of inactivity.

    You can keep the old memory. Maybe put the new 4GB RAM into the slots originally occupied by the 2GB modules, then put the 2GB into the now empty slots. From what I've read, the CPU accesses the top slots first, so you want the larger modules there.
  3. Deedolito macrumors regular


    Aug 19, 2010
    1) the 2nd timer is for the System. If you want the machine to run (downloading, etc.) all the time, set it to never (and pray the HDD doesn't die early).

    2) You got 4 slots, just toss the new ones in :)
  4. AFSTER thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 4, 2011
    I download using Sabnzb which stops downloading if the second option is set

    but don't do too much downloading, so will put that option on 20 minutes

    i will put the original in then, i just thought about conflict with the other memory. The original memory sells for cheap so i thought might as well use myself
  5. mac-ho macrumors member

    I use my iMac everyday so just put it to sleep. It powers up in less than 3 secs.
  6. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago

    Is set to screen save after 15 minutes turn off monitor after 1 hour. HDD never (and as above pray it doesn't fail ) It's on all day, but I do shutdown when its time for bed...:)
  7. bigcreek macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2004
    so how do you set it up to periodically wake up (say every 4 hours) and check for itunes podcasts updates, etc?
  8. aliensporebomb macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN, USA, Urth

    I've been running my Corei7 2.8 ghz 24/7 for nearly 14 months now. I blank the monitor after 5-10 minutes and that takes care of any need for the monitor to "rest".

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