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  1. #1

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    Feb 06, 2013
    I affraid my mac is terminal... HELP?
    Hello I'm new and need help desperately

    I have an iMac, 2006 I think.

    2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    Intel Core 2 Duo
    2 GHz
    Mac OS X Version 10.6.8

    I'm a freelance graphic designer recovered from an accident so even thought I learned Mac in the early 90's I'm waaay behind now on how to trouble-shoot and fix my own probs like back in the day.

    So, here's the deal. I wanna know how far can I upgrade this thing? I have 2 gigs of ram and it isn't enough how much can I put in the 2 slots? and whats the best kind?

    I crash several times a day while in Illustrator mostly. I get things like my curser sticks to something and won't let got - crash. that happens when I'm in firefox too.
    I have a digital line through my sceen. it comes and goes. If I change the resolution down and then back up it goes away.
    If I can save a crash/panic report is there things in it that will help me?
    Are there things I can do?

    Thank you so much in advance to anyone who can point me in the right direction.

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    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    That's an old machine, really not too much you can do to improve it. Here's the memory specs:

    Maximum Memory 3.0 GB (4.0 GB can be installed, only 3.0 GB will be addressed)
    Memory Slots 2 - 200-pin PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR2 SO-DIMM

    You can install a larger and faster hard drive but that's not an easy task. Also, if the machine is displaying problems with its graphics, that could be an expensive repair. It could either be the display or the built in graphics chipset. Either one would make it too expensive to repair for what the machine is worth.

    I suggest buying a newer Mac instead.

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    Member Since
    May 20, 2008
    2011 13" MBP 2.3ghz, 8gig ram, OS 10.7.5
    Quote Originally Posted by ShelleyFur View Post
    I crash several times a day while in Illustrator mostly. I get things like my curser sticks to something and won't let got - crash. that happens when I'm in firefox too.
    From what I'm reading...the problems you have won't be solved by upgrading the computer. You either have a:

    - software conflict issue
    - hardware failure or an eminent hardware failure issue
    - iMac is getting close to overheating...and it needs to be cleaned

    Since this is a pretty old computer...taking to a professional is pretty much out of the question. Since what you would be charged to have the computer diagnosed and/or repaired would certainly exceed the value of the computer.

    I would start by opening up the computer (yourself)...and giving it a good cleaning (dirt/fuzz) on the improve cooling. Go to:

    - iFixit: The free repair manual get disassembly instructions. If you cannot do this...then I'm thinking that you either have to keep using the computer as it is...or get a new/newer computer. Upgrading the ram I don't think will solve the issue.


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    Jan 22, 2010
    Victoria, BC
    Mid-2012 MBP (16GB, 1TB HD), Monoprice 24-inch second monitor, iPhone 5s 32GB, iPad Air 2 64GB
    All I would add to what's been said above is that you might consider a *newer* rather than *new* Mac if your budget allows. Ideally, a new iMac or new (or refurbished) Mac mini would be great, but I would say anything from 2009 or later will hold you over for another few years, will be more upgradeable in most models and generally suit your needs better.

    I think the machine you have is trying to tell you that it's on its last legs.

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Feb 06, 2013
    thank you so much
    Thanks for the advise guys!
    I know I have to and want to replace this computer. I'm just trying to make it work good enough to finish illustrations for a book I'm working on. If it goes good I will have the funds to replace. (my dream)
    I will try what you've suggested in the meantime.

    Again! Thank you thank you.

  6. #6

    Member Since
    Feb 06, 2013
    Ok I have another question guys.

    Last year my son installed Diablo 3 on my iMac. So it would work, I did a run-around so the graphics card would work with it. Since then, Diablo has been uninstalled. Any advice on how to go reset what I did for diablo? Is that maybe an issue do you think? Before that I don't think I had any of these problems. In fact I remember thinking for such an old machine it was doing pretty good at that time.

    Just thinkin'

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