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    Help with an old iMac G4
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    Help with an old iMac G4
    My boyfriend's mom has an old iMac G4 that she uses regularly - but it is as slow as molasses. I've poked around on it a bit and I can see they have 15bazillion pictures from their digital camera on there, all in neat folders going back probably 5 or more years, as well as 17bazillion emails sitting in Mail. I seriously doubt they've ever done any kind of maintenance on it. Now my BF wants to load music into iTunes on it to load up his iPhone (I won't let him put his horrible music on my MacBook!) but I tend to think the hard drive must be almost full (haven't checked). It works fine but needs a bit of an overhaul. Loading anything new onto it - any programs or anything - is out of the question. It's also running whatever operating system came with it when they bought it.

    I thought maybe getting an external hard drive and moving all those pictures off to free up some space would help, but since it is from 1999 or 2000, I wonder how compatible a newer EHD would be with it? And in order for it to have a version of iTunes that will even work with newer iPhones, will it need an updated operating system? It's only used for basics - internet, email, etc.

    Any suggestions? I'd like to get it to the point where it doesn't take 20 minutes to start up or 15 minutes to open a program. But I also don't want to kill it! Part of me wants to suggest they just take it to a Mac Repair place and let the pros fix it up, but I'm pretty good at this stuff (relatively simple stuff), so I'm willing to try.

    Thank you for any suggestions,
    Jessy

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    Help with an old iMac G4
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    Questions:

    - What OS version is the iMac G4 running?
    - What size hard drive is in it?
    - How full is the hard drive?
    - How much ram does it have
    - What speed cpu is in it?

    * Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Help with an old iMac G4
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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Questions:

    - What OS version is the iMac G4 running?
    - What size hard drive is in it?
    - How full is the hard drive?
    - How much ram does it have
    - What speed cpu is in it?

    * Nick
    I will find all this out later on tonight and report back. Please stand by.

    Thanks!

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    Help with an old iMac G4
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    Which iPhone does he want to sync - save you from doing all that stuff.

    If it's an iPhone 4, 4S or 5 - it's not going to sync with a G4.
    All of these phones require OS X 10.6.8 at a minimum which requires an Intel Mac.

    Any iPhone that has iOS version 5 or later will also not sync to a G4 - also requires 10.6.8 at minimum.

    edit:
    With Nick's requested info, he can help you get some maintenance done on that G4 though.
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    Help with an old iMac G4
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    Which iPhone does he want to sync - save you from doing all that stuff.

    If it's an iPhone 4, 4S or 5 - it's not going to sync with a G4.
    All of these phones require 10.6.8 at a minimum which requires an Intel Mac.

    Any iPhone that has iOS 5 or later will also not sync to a G4 - also requires 10.6.8.

    edit:
    With Nick's requested info, he can help you get some maintenance done on that G4 though.
    Wow, good to know! Thank you... I'll tell him. Dude just needs to cough up the $$$ and buy his own computer.
    I'll still report back with that other info.

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    Help with an old iMac G4
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    Agree with bobtomay...if it's a newer iPhone...that G4 iMac is going to be too old.

    But once we have the OS, specs, and hard drive info...we may be able to improve things a bit from a speed perspective.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Help with an old iMac G4
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    And walker328 remind them the G4 iMacs first appeared in late 2001 with sales commencing January 2002. They are like dinosaurs compared to modern machines.
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