Re: Someone gave me an iMac
- From: Jolly Roger <jollyroger@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 09 Dec 2008 10:50:19 -0600
In article <slrngjt29c.16ru.foo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>,
Ian Gregory <foo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On 2008-12-09, Jolly Roger <jollyroger@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Grab the serial number from Apple System Profiler. Then head over to
this web page and paste in the serial number where in the "Search Tech
Specs" field to get the official specifications for the machine:
I'm betting you'll end up here:
You were right, thanks for the tip.
Look in the memory section of System Profiler to see how many RAM slots
it has and what type of RAM is installed in them. It'll either be PC133
??, PC2100, or PC2700.
System Profiler does not say how many slots there are
I think you're just not looking in the right place. Here's what System
Profiler shows for my Mac Pro's memory slots right now:
but the specs
website says "128MB or 256MB of SDRAM expandable to 1GB; one 168-pin
DIMM and one open user-accessible SO-DIMM slot".
System profiler describes the current memory as:
Built-in memory 128 MB PC100-222S
Size 128 MB
Memory type: SDRAM
So slot J13 (above) is likely the built-in RAM, and the other
user-accessible slot is likely free for expansion. This is good.
Unfortunately, the RAM type isn't PC2100 or PC2700 DDR, but the slower,
smaller, and more expensive PC100-222S SODIMM:
So it looks like your best option is to grab a 512 MB stick of PC133
(currently selling for $35 from 1.800.4.memory.com), which will bring
you up to a total of 640 MB of RAM.
While not ideal (1 GB or more is best), this will allow Mac OS X to run
much more efficiently without having to resort to swapping to disk
nearly as much. It will drastically improve overall performance.
Unless I just give the machine to my friend "as is" then I guess the
first thing to do is order some memory. I have never opened up a Mac
before but I have installed memory in dozens of Sun workstations and
servers so it shouldn't be beyond my abilities:-)
It's pretty easy, really. See page 32 of the iMac (Flat Panel) User's
Then I have to decide whether to install 10.4 or try out the trick to
Personally, I'd go with 10.5. There are so many improvements and bug
fixes in 10.5 that it's well worth the additional effort, IMO. I
installed 10.5 on a 800 MHz Powerbook Titanium, and it's better than
10.4 on the same machine.
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