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    Question Used iMac 2.0Ghz?
    hello

    After loving a iPad and dabbling with school Macs, I am considering purchasing a used iMac Core 2 Duo 2.0Ghz on eBay for around $300-350. The white polycarb ones.

    I was wondering is this still a good machine? Does it run WinXp well in bootcamp?

    I already have a Win7 machine, but my Xp Laptop is bricked. I would like a Mac to learn more about mac and to generally hack around with and I would like a machine to play legacy games on xp.

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    For that price, you should be fine. That's a fairly old machine (2007, maybe 2008), so adjust your expectations accordingly, but it should run XP as well or better than any same-vintage, same-processor PC would have. Max out the RAM, and before you ask there is nothing you can do to improve the video card, so take that into consideration if you're a hardcore gamer.

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    Actually, that video card is sufficient for most of the stuff I play. The issue is whether or not I can have xp running natively.

    Thanks for your reply!

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    Be aware that Boot Camp under Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) only supports Windows 7 -- but it's pretty unlikely that this used iMac you're buying will have it (though it is compatible), so I don't think this is an issue.

    You can also look into a virtualization environment (aka VirtualBox, Parallels, VMWare Fusion) that lets you run Windows and Mac concurrently.

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    ^^^^ What he said. You want one that does not have Lion installed. Or if it does, the owner is including the previous OS X discs. Those discs have the XP drivers.
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    I have a retail snow leopard disk. Does that have the drivers?

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