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for a person who knows nothing about pcs i think the imac is amazing!
I am a season pc user, recently switched, well..more like converted!
I have ZERO problems, and recently managed to even put XP on there, so have both operating systems! not that yr mum will care..but if u need to do something with xp...its there!
The sofware that comes with it will be more than enough...and the help facilitys are exellent! I was weary of 1st gen, but its apple...they KNOW how to make stuff! and best of all it JUST WORKS!
Get one..will last more than a few years!
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Apr 12, 2006, 07:29 PM
 
I had both a PowerPC G5 20" and now an Intel iMac 20". Most of the design kinks have been ironed out for the imac. The intel release is pretty slick. I had more problems with my 1st imac G5 than I have had with my intel. In fact, the only problem I have had is no isub driver yet... Apple replaced my old imac with my intel imac under warranty. I noticed an immediate improvement in performance in OSX, the machine is quieter, and universal apps are being released constantly. If your mom isn't a designer or graphics professional, she won't be needing the pro apps. The intel imacs just work. As with any new product (G5 or intel) sometimes people get a dud. The intel is probably the way to go, going forward. It will last her for years.
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My iMac has been great.

It's the greatest machine I have ever had that runs windows Xp to play Half Life 2! (I use OSX for everything else.)
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I'd like to add one more positive experience... My 17" iMac has been flawless
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Apr 12, 2006, 09:01 PM
 
i love my 20" intel imac listed in my signature. but i have had some problems. The bottom ram slot (the unoccupied one) is not recognizing the ram, and my superdrive has been very erratic. but i took it to a local authorized apple service provider (in my town of 150,000) and it is getting fixed as we speak.
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i havent had a problem yet...
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Apr 13, 2006, 04:12 AM
 
A lot of folks are having trouble burning media at any decent speeds with the superdrive. Apple seem to be ignoring complaints and the problem.
     
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Apr 13, 2006, 05:56 AM
 
This is my first Mac I am glad I made the switch. Words cannot describe how much I love the Intel I Mac core duo.
I seriously doubt you’ll be disappointed if you bought one. I have not had any problems with mine *knock on wood*
     
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Apr 13, 2006, 09:21 AM
 
Originally Posted by Skeptik
A lot of folks are having trouble burning media at any decent speeds with the superdrive. Apple seem to be ignoring complaints and the problem.
Don't all Macs have that problem at the moment? My PM G5 will only write DVD-RW at 2x, and Mac mini's are pretty notorious for not burning at the right speed.

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I burn dvds at 8X no probs!
hmm...never really had a problem with burning!
     
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Apr 13, 2006, 10:28 AM
 
My older G5 iMac burns good name brand 8X media at 8x. It burns some noname 8X media at 4X or even 2X, but that media is worthless anyway. Even at 4X, many noname discs suck.
     
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Apr 13, 2006, 03:51 PM
 
OK - So it is pot luck whether you get a good one or not!
     
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Apr 15, 2006, 12:20 AM
 
MacBook Pro and upcoming MacBook: I'd wait as notebooks are more risky and have more issues. I've read tons of issues with them. Pass for now.

iMac/Mac Mini: Go for it! My iMac has been brilliant.
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my imac 20inch has been stunning so far

much more reliable , both hardware and o/s than my previous g4 imac and SO much faster !!!
     
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Apr 15, 2006, 01:50 PM
 
My iBook died a couple of months ago, and I have been sharing an iBook since... until I got a 17" iMac 1.83 GHz yesterday.

I was running Tiger previously on the iBook (a G3/700 with 640MB RAM) and it was pretty sluggish for most tasks. But now with the Intel core, Tiger seems to be an F1 car.

The wide screen display is great too, coming from a 12".

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Apr 15, 2006, 07:51 PM
 
I reckon the difference in performance between old macs and new are keeping folks happy and a bit blind to any issues. They are just grateful for the boost rather than being critical ?
     
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my 17" intel imac is amazing, couldnt ask for a better machine.
     
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Apr 16, 2006, 05:14 PM
 
You and your mom will be ecstatic. I have been a mac geek for 15 years and use every flavor of windows at work and I have never used such an amazing machine as my intel 20" iMac. The OS was a little flaky out of the box, but software update fixed everything.

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Apr 16, 2006, 06:29 PM
 
Originally Posted by 100plus1
my 17" intel imac is amazing, couldnt ask for a better machine.
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Apr 17, 2006, 12:17 PM
 
Just to add my opinions - my 20" Core Duo is nothing short of an amazing machine. Its fast, quiet and just great to work with. The only minor issue I have is there was some minor scratches on the acrylic above the display; but I can only see them if I look at the screen from a strange angle (or if I have lights shining straight on the screen - in which case I can't see the screen!!)

I would definitely say go for it.

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Apr 17, 2006, 12:31 PM
 
It is a rule of thumb that the first generation usually has a few issues, but the current iMac seems to be one of the many exceptions.
     
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Apr 17, 2006, 01:16 PM
 
I've had my 20" dual core for a week now, and after running the firmware updater, no problems. Initially, the ethernet port wasn't working, but the firmware update solved that.

I am stunned at how fast this machine is and how bright the display is. I'm upgrading from a PowerMac dual 1.8 and the original 22" Cinema Display, and this is also my very first iMac after years of Power Macs, and if they had all been this good, I would have made the transition years ago. This really feels like modern tech to me. I'm saving a ton of space, too.

My only issues now are how slow Dreamweaver runs and the lack of drivers for my iceKey keyboard, but neither of these are Apple's fault.
     
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Apr 18, 2006, 12:23 AM
 
milo, your mum is going to have the best posible machine for her. As with anything electronic you buy theres always a chance things might not work properly (just a chance) so make sure you get Applecare for a good while. Their warranty is excellent and aside from the hassle of sending your machine for service in the event somethings' wrong, the Mac is the best fit for both you and your mom for years to come - i am assuming you're not going to make a living off this machine but use it as a home/mom's home computer.


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just wanted to throw in that my 17" iMac rocks the freakin' house... obviously I love OS X and almost everything to go with it, but just for the sake of saying it-- it plays WoW and ut2k4 and Knights of the Old Republic at 100% under XP (I'm not sure what fps I'm getting on the higihest settings, but its absolutely flawlessly smooth).


one important side note, is that I had to reformat it like 3 times.. but I think this was actually the result of installing a driver for one of my printers, because after the 3rd time i never reinstalled it and have never run into a problem since
     
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To add to the fray.....my 20" iMac is flawless. Everything works as advertised and it has surpassed my expectations (I'm a switcher). Absolutely the best machine I have purchased. Works great, is super fast.

I do recommend you get AppleCare though......just in case.
     
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So far, I've had no problems with my 17' Intel iMac. And I love the fact that it can run Windows XP. I haven't tried it though since our PC still works. When our PC bites the dust, I'll definitely try Boot Camp.
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Apr 20, 2006, 07:40 AM
 
This thread is killing me. I adore my iMac G4 as the case design is far superior to the newer iMacs, BUT I want some modern-day power. I might have to start saving...

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I got my 17" iMac Intel in yesterday from MacMall. Phew I love it so much!!!!! I have ordered XP Home OEM for Boot Camp, but even if I end up not liking XP's performance, X's performance is nothing short of smoking!

This (knock on wood) is by far the best system I have ever had.

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Apr 22, 2006, 11:18 PM
 
I installed Boot Camp this morning on my iMac Intel 17" and it was as easy as pie. So far I haven't seen any reasons not to recommend the first generation Intel iMac.
     
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Apr 30, 2006, 10:38 AM
 
i agree with all of you, saying that apple has the "JUST WORKS" thing going on- and its true.....
but whatever the company is, the first generation arent always 100% reliable......
consider that the first G3's had issues..... so the intel imacs might too
     
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Apr 30, 2006, 11:49 PM
 
That is true that 1st gen machines may have more problems, but the new imacs have been in the current form for quite some time. The intel transition is far smaller a hurdle than a completely redesigned box. Most of the components have been through their paces.
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I just spent the night burning ten CDs using Toast 6, using Photoshop to create CD covers and printing them all at the same time on my 20" iMac with 2 Gigs of RAM. PS was a little slower than it used to be on my dual 1.8 G5, but everything else ran smooth as silk.

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Do any of you iMac owners find any glare from the shiny white plastic around the screen? I am trying to decide between a Mini and iMac. When I went to the Apple Store the one thing that concerned me about the iMac is the possibility of glare from the shiny white plastic, but I like the fact that it has a real graphics card and not that integrated crap thats on the Mini.
I am going to use the computer mainly for web surfing.
     
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May 1, 2006, 11:42 PM
 
I don't even notice the area around the screen. The display itself is bright and clear, and all my attention is focused there.

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