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So, I just got my new iMac couple days ago, before this Mac I have been using Windows computers and I simply love the Mac now. Only a couple of problems

1. I use the Airport wireless internet and sometimes my internet simply sucks, I got upstairs to my sister's iMac(It is farther from the router) and the internet simply runs perfectly. What can I do?

2. I don't really like the wallpapers that come with the iMac, so I thought, "Hey! Why not make a collage of one of my favorite artists Drake!" Got all the pictures then thought, "Wait... I don't have Paint so I can't just start mashing pictures together" What program should I use? I don't want to pay for software so preferably a free program or one already installed on my iMac.


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Model Name: iMac
Model Identifier: iMac11,3
Processor Name: Intel Core i3
Processor Speed: 3.2 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache (per core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 4 MB
Memory: 4 GB
Processor Interconnect Speed: 5.86 GT/s
Boot ROM Version: IM112.0057.B00
SMC Version (system): 1.59f2
Serial Number (system): QP03514WDNP
Hardware UUID: C1718B4E-75C2-5B3D-A466-C5D69DBA4597
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Hey, welcome to the forums and congrats on your new iMac! I'm not sure what issue you're having with your Airport connection, but as far as the Paint program on a PC, there is an app called Paintbrush and it's pretty much like Paint for Macs. You can also try using iPhoto to make a collage of photos. Good luck and I hope you get all this sorted out.

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As far as #1 is concerned, are you connecting to a Wireless N 5.0ghz network? Or is it 2.4ghz? Im a recent switcher and I rarely have any connection issues.. My first MBP had more issues than MBP#2 (first MBPs Airport Card took a dump after about a week or so of use) Got my replacement, and MBP#2 is running MUCH better.

As far as the Software you are looking for, I would recommend GIMP, which is a free download, and quite possibly the best Photoshop-esque program for its money (free). I used that before i picked up Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 for a very good price.

Hope this helps at least a little bit!
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Hey, welcome to the forums and congrats on your new iMac! I'm not sure what issue you're having with your Airport connection, but as far as the Paint program on a PC, there is an app called Paintbrush and it's pretty much like Paint for Macs. You can also try using iPhoto to make a collage of photos. Good luck and I hope you get all this sorted out.
I heard about iPhoto, but I couldn't find WHERE to start and create my collage so I quit haha, can you tell me where it is?

Idk what kind of network I'm connecting too, all I know is it is a 2Wire Router and I'm with AT&T
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I heard about iPhoto, but I couldn't find WHERE to start and create my collage so I quit haha, can you tell me where it is?

Idk what kind of network I'm connecting too, all I know is it is a 2Wire Router and I'm with AT&T

Sorry, but I don't know my way around iPhoto too well. I just use it to manage my pictures. The app I mentioned, Paintbrush, will act like Paint for you to paste your photos and scramble them or what have you. I'm unfamiliar with GIMP that tool80 mentioned but I have heard of it being a pretty good picture and image oriented program.

As far as your network, that's probably a 2.4ghz signal if even wireless N at all. However, once again I'm unable to shed any light on the slowness you're experiencing with that connection. I connect to a wireless gateway from AT&T also and haven't had any issues with any connections with my Airport.

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