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    2006 MP 2x2.66DCIX, 2MB mem; 2010 macbook pro 17"; macbook air 13"; ipad
    Smile upgrade from 2006 mac pro
    I have a sluggish 2006 mp with a 27" cinema monitor. I am considering getting a mini and using my existing mouse/keyboard/monitor, etc. instead of paying so much for an imac when i don't need the monitor. I really don't need the "pro" anymore. Mostly I do email, on line searches/buying, a little excel & word so I don't need a "cannon to swat a fly."

    Any advice would be appreciated

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    09 MBP 8GB ram 500GB HD OS 10.9 32B iPad 4 32GB iPhone 5 iOs7 2TB TC Apple TV3
    You did not list how much ram you have in the 06 if it was like mine it only had 1GB
    which was not enough bumping the ram would wake it up and save you a lot of money for what you use it for.

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    2006 MP 2x2.66DCIX, 2MB mem; 2010 macbook pro 17"; macbook air 13"; ipad
    it has 2gb mem; 2x2.66 dcix cpu

    originally i had 2 250gb hds but 1 failed so i use a 1tb external for backup.

    jack

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    Imac 27" Retina 3.3GHz, 512GB Flash, 16GB memory, OS X.11.4.
    Have you tried any maintenance programs such as Onyx to run cleaning and maintenance tasks? Here is a link make sure you download the version that matches your operating system which you did not share with us. Also how full is the hard drive - needs at least 15% free space to work efficiently. And 2GB memory is pretty slim for a Mac Pro.


    http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/11582/onyx
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    2006 MP 2x2.66DCIX, 2MB mem; 2010 macbook pro 17"; macbook air 13"; ipad
    os 10.6.8

    I have run mackeeper, drive genius and a couple more but not much improvement. I will go to the link you provided and try that.
    thanks, jack

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    Bin MacKeeper.
    Play the guitar?! Check out the [newly created]Mac-Forums guitar thread!

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    Imac 27" Retina 3.3GHz, 512GB Flash, 16GB memory, OS X.11.4.
    There is your problem. Mackeeper and it can be the very devil to remove.


    http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os-...on-freeze.html

    And uninstall this way not the uninstaller which does not work"-


    http://applehelpwriter.com/2011/09/2...eeper-malware/
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    2006 MP 2x2.66DCIX, 2MB mem; 2010 macbook pro 17"; macbook air 13"; ipad
    The onyx said the hd was corrupted so boot from orig disk. But my DVD drawer won't open and I don't know how to boot from my ext DVD. Now what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jocko90 View Post
    The onyx said the hd was corrupted so boot from orig disk. But my DVD drawer won't open and I don't know how to boot from my ext DVD. Now what?
    You could:
    1) Pop for a new internal drive
    2) I believe you are Lion compatible. So you could upgrade to Lion and then create a Lion Boot Disk on USB Thumbdrive
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    Imac 27" Retina 3.3GHz, 512GB Flash, 16GB memory, OS X.11.4.
    A Pioneer superdrive will set you back about $40 to $50 and you may be able to find a used slightly older model on eBay etc.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    2006 MP 2x2.66DCIX, 2MB mem; 2010 macbook pro 17"; macbook air 13"; ipad
    ok, here is where i am: 1) the hd on my 2006 mp is corrupted and is now making noises. i have already lost my 2nd hd. so i know that i shouldn't spend a bunch of money on a 5 1/2 year old computer. i need to buy a new one. 2) because i do not have an operating internal dvd, i have ordered a lion thumb drive that should be here in a few days. 3) i have backed up the hd onto a 1tb external drive. 3) my hope is to be able to fix the hard drive after i install lion. 4) what i would really like to do -- and don't know how to do it -- is to set up my mbp with all the backed up stuff so it can be my primary until i get a new computer. 5) new computer: i wonder if a mini computer would be a decent substitute for my 2006 mp? i hate to spend the money for an imac because i already have a 27" apple cinema display. lots of trouble!! :-(

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    Imac 27" Retina 3.3GHz, 512GB Flash, 16GB memory, OS X.11.4.
    Boot from the thumb drive and go into Utilities >Disk utility > Repair Disk before running the installer and see what is reported.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    2006 MP 2x2.66DCIX, 2MB mem; 2010 macbook pro 17"; macbook air 13"; ipad
    thanks, harry. i'll do that as soon as i get it. meanwhile, i have looked at 27" imacs and mac mini's both with 8mb ram. quite a difference in $'s but i have no idea what the speed difference is between a qc i5 (3.1 mhz) and a qc i7 (2 mhz). can you help me?

    27" imac mac mini
    $2,194 $1,294
    monitor 27 -
    core qc i5 qc i7
    speed 3.1 2.0
    ram 8 8
    hd 1tb 2x750
    thunderbolt x -
    thundrblt cable x -
    os x lion x x
    keyboard w -
    mouse mm -

    what would you buy? if i go imac i think the best thing to do would be to get the 27" and sell the stand alone 27" i have. but i just flat don't have any competence in this computer business. but as i have said before, i don't need the power of a mp but i sure do want a fast one. thanks. jack

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    2006 MP 2x2.66DCIX, 2MB mem; 2010 macbook pro 17"; macbook air 13"; ipad
    i have decided to bite the bullet and buy a 27"imac. all specs not firm but for sure 3.4, i7, 8mb. still haven't received lion thumb drive.

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