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How to put imac back to original state for returning it?
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TomR
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Aug 28, 2000, 04:26 PM
 
I have what might be a weird question for some. I just got a new imac DV+ and am thinking of returning it due to the fact that I'm not sure I like it. I'd like to put it back to the same set-up it was when I got so any of MY info placed into it is gone as well as all prefs,etc. You know, as if I just opened it up and turned it on. Is this a clean install thing or what should I do?
Any help appreciated.

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Aug 28, 2000, 04:36 PM
 
Well? You should have a "restore" disk that reintalls everything to the factory "settings".

So boot from that disk, then use the application Drive Setup to reformat and be sure to "zero all data". Then do the "restore". I've never had to do one of those so can't help you with that.
     
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Aug 28, 2000, 05:08 PM
 
Can you please tell me why you think you don't like it? You've gotta find something pretty wrong to actually want to take it back.

Just wondering...

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Aug 28, 2000, 05:46 PM
 
How could you not like it?

There is lots of Amateur Radio software available for it as well. Its also a lot more RF quiet than thoes winblows wintel boxes.

I've had mine a month now and its great. Though I would like more than the 128mb of RAM which is the next upgrade. Other than that its quick, quiet and does everything I could want.

There are 2 grey discs (well in Australia they are Grey). one is a software restore the other a software update. You have to boot the machine holding the C key with the Restore disk in. Use the complete restore, (delete existing disk contents) option and it will load everything fresh (as it arrived from apple).

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TomR  (op)
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Aug 28, 2000, 11:04 PM
 

Sure Danny.
Well gang I gave it a try. My Ruby imac DV+ is going back for a refund. I'll be honest here, I just don't care for it, I thought I would but alas I don't. In the 4 days that I've had it I realised that I just don't like the OS and it's froze up on me 3 times in the first 3 days. Twice the first night. Then I thought to myself, "the thing really can't be upgraded the way I could upgrade my Dell 300". I knew from the start I really couldn't upgrade it (except memory) but it really hit me today that that's not acceptable. I know my way around PCs enough and have upgraded past PCs to be able to do it myself.

Call me nuts but I am just use to Windows (gasp!) and DOS. Although Windows choads on me now and then it never freezes up. Getting back to work is a simple reset for me. I can navigate Windows with the best of them, very quickly, with the Mac I'm like (well I was) a newbee. I felt like a 7 year old learning a computer for the first time. But that's only because I'm not used to Macs, I know that.

I'm NOT knocking those that love Macs, it's just that I realised that I LOVE my PC/windows/DOS machine. I'm at home there. I know what I'm doing there and I'm real good at it. I'm not one of those who debate and fight at which is better, both have their place in this world. Hey, at least I TRIED a Mac!

So I bid you all adue. This is a great forum, you folks really help others and that's what it's all about. Thanks for any help you folks have given me and have fun with your Macs.

Tom

Originally posted by Danny DLT:
Can you please tell me why you think you don't like it? You've gotta find something pretty wrong to actually want to take it back.

Just wondering...

--Danny

     
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Aug 29, 2000, 01:43 AM
 
Absolutely! At least you tried it out and if you realized that the Mac OS just wasn't your thing then I (or no one else I guess) could or should really blame you. Just as long as the store you bought it from gives you your money back, then everything's okay.

Sorry this one couldn't have worked out for you,

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Aug 29, 2000, 02:13 AM
 
Hi Tom,

That was a classy response. Best of luck to you.

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Aug 29, 2000, 02:54 PM
 
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Aug 30, 2000, 03:00 PM
 
Can't believe someone would want to return a new Mac unless there were major problems. That is too bad.

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