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Is Shutting Down An iMac Or Mac Mini Really Necessary?

In today's age with low power standby modes & the advanced OS X that is Mountain Lion, it is simpler than ever to go for long periods (perhaps months) without shutting down your iMac (and possibly ...
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How can I disable the 2nd hard drive in my 27" iMac?

I have an 2010 27" iMac with an SSD and a regular hard drive. Now that I've been using the machine for some time and have not come close to filling the SSD, I'd like to disable the spinning hard drive ...
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Can 'Find My Mac' work while the computer is sleeping?

Is the 'Find My Mac' feature of iCloud supposed to work while the computer is sleeping? I use this feature to check on things every once in a while, as well as show the feature off to other people. ...
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What is the best way to use two 27" monitors on your desk?

In my work environment I have three smaller monitors and love the productivity benefit. At home I have two 27" displays (the iMac and an external cinema display), but am having trouble laying them out ...
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Put the display to sleep without putting the whole computer to sleep?

I like to use vnc on my ipad on my bed. I want the mac to go to a black screen so I can fall asleep while using the ipad, and not have to get up to shut down the mac afterwards. Is there anyway to ...
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How can I make my 27“ iMac and my 27” Thunderbolt display the same height?

I'm using an external 27" Thunderbolt display with my 27" iMac and I want the iMac and display to have the same height. By default, the Thunderbolt display is about an inch shorter than the iMac, ...
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IMac freezing intermittently--every few minutes. How can I fix this?

A couple of days ago, I was browsing, and downloading something from Usenet, when my iMac all of a sudden froze up, grinding to an unbearable slowness. After trying to tolerate what was happening for ...
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What's the advantage of buying an iMac over building a Hackintosh?

I'm not looking for a flame war or anything like that. I am looking at (once I have some money, the hardest part) buying a iMac. Let's just assume one could build a fully working Hackintosh with ...
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iMac inconsistenly hanging and showing beach ball

This past week, I've been having constant problems with my 2007 Aluminium iMac (2.4GHz, 3GB memory, 320GB HDD). I've been downloading using Transmission, and when (sometimes) stopping or starting a ...
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What is the difference between thunderbolt and displayport iMacs when used as monitors?

Somewhat confused by the Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort compatibility rules, and the apple store people were unhelpful, so I ask here (maybe I should ask here first :) Hopefully we can come to a ...
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Can I get sound out of both iMac and attached Thunderbolt Display?

I have a dual monitor setup (iMac + Thunderbolt Display). The System Preferences > Sound > Output setup only allows me to choose between one or the other monitor. This causes the sound to come only ...
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Can you turn off or disable the display on an iMac?

I'd like to turn off my iMac display while connected to it via a remote desktop session. I'm using TeamViewer or LogMeIn, and unfortunately the screen stays on during those sessions when it really ...
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Control iMac and LED Cinema Display Brightness Simultaneously

I have a iMac 27'' and a LED Cinema Display 27'' connected to it. And I've noticed that to be able to control brightness I need to open the Display.prefPanel and modify the brightness of the displays ...
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iMac external display (EA232WMi) won't sleep

I'm using an iMac 11,3 (27 inch, mid 2010) with an external display (an NEC EA232WMi). Over the past week or so (beginning just prior to 10.9.2), when the iMac's display sleeps, the external display ...
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How could i use an iMac as secondary monitor for windows 7 laptop

Recently (less than one year ago) i bought an iMac 21,5". Now i would like to use it as secondary monitor for my laptop. (My laptop runs Windows 7). Is it possible? (I found conflicting opinions on ...
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How can I keep my fan from staying at full speed after replacing the hard drive?

I replaced a hard drive in a 2011 iMac (Core i7), though it was a standard hard drive and didn't have a location for the S.M.A.R.T. cord. (Or at least I think that's what it was.) Since then, the ...
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Why have 5 different iMacs developed corrupt OS X partitions when the physical drives are fine?

I'm a tech for my local school district and we are having some problems with our iMac Multimedia Lab. Over the past nine months, 5 of the 22 iMacs have suffered from filesystem corruption. The only ...
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External hard drive seems to block applications randomly

Since updating to OSX Lion on my late 2009 iMac, I have noticed some strange behaviour while using my computer. Every hour or so (I'm not actually sure about this pattern), the application that I am ...
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ntpd not updating time

I had updated my old iMac to Mavericks just fine. I then bought a new (certified refurbished, actually) iMac and migrated everything over from a Time Machine backup. The new iMac's clock loses ...
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Easiest way to scan ISBN number from books

What is the easiest/quickest way using an iMac to scan the ISBN number of a bunch books. Non-paying (for software, or dedicated scanner device) preferred, although low-cost solutions might be ...
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What are the OS X Mavericks hardware system requirements?

I have a fairly old (I am not sure when it was bought) iMac 5,1 running OS X 10.6.8, but I just saw the free upgrade to Mavericks. It looks tempting, but I'd rather first know if my computer can ...
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What are the main difficulties people face migrating from Linux to Mac OS?

Coming from a Linux background what are the main difficulties I will face if I start to work on iMac? I use to work on Linux with consoles and I know I have a huge apps repository (synaptics) for ...
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Fundamental Difference Between Charging An iPhone At The Mains & Via USB Cable Linked To An iMac?

If you are working at an iMac and there is also a mains socket close at hand, is there any difference (in any respect) to charging an iPhone via USB cable linked to the Mac or is it more advisable to ...
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Why Does My iMac Wake Itself Up?

I have an early 2009 24" iMac. Lately, when in sleep mode it will occasionally wake up for around ten seconds with the screen off, then go back to sleep. Wake on LAN is turned off so I can't figure ...
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How bad is it for a Mac to forcefully restart it when it freezes?

I have a 2011 27" iMac running OS X Lion. There is a known bug when iMac, after waking up from sleep mode, freezes while playing video (Flash in my case). It does not respond to any key combination ...
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Can the new 2013 27" iMac function like the Thunderbolt Display?

The Thunderbolt display is a really cool external display for thunderbolt-enabled mac laptops, but the sad reality is, all those peripherals and that gorgeous display is useless when the laptop is ...
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Using my iMac in a country with a different power supply standard

We may be relocating to a different area of the world where the power standards and outlets differ considerably from what I've got here in North America. Is the power supply in my iMac ...
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Can my Thunderbolt Macbook Air drive my Mini DisplayPort iMac as an external display?

I've run an iMac as an external display for a Mac laptop before, but am wondering if my new setup can work like that. I have: 2011 Macbook Air with Thunderbolt 2009 iMac with Mini DisplayPort mini ...
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How Do I Disable the Webcam on an External Thunderbolt Display

I've got an iMac 27" paired with a Thunderbolt 27" display that's rotated to portrait mode. Both of them have integrated webcams. Some applications are screwy and inconsistent about letting me pick ...
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WIth the new iMac how do we connect an external screen?

For all that own or know this in the new version. Is the Thunderbolt output compatible with the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter? If not, how do we connect our external monitor? If yes, with the ...
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Install OS X in VirtualBox on iMac?

Is it possible to install OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard in VirtualBox on an iMac (i3) running OS X 10.6.8? I have the 10.6 install CD, DMG, and ISO, but can't get any of them to boot from VirtualBox.
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iMac display has discolored tan lines

I have a 24 inch, mid-2007 iMac purchased used. I don't know the original owner and it's out of warranty. On the display is a series of tan or yellowish horizontal lines - all an approximate inch ...
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Turn off iMac main screen while working on external

I have an external display on my iMac and I would like to work only on the external display and turn off/disable the iMac one, just like the "clamshell mode" on a Macbook for example. It works with ...
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What am I going to do with an iMac 27 inch's display 3, 4 years from now?

I want to buy a 27 inch iMac, but the monitor cannot be re-used... it cannot be hooked up to any KVM (Keyboard / Video / Mouse) switch to be used with a PC too... Also, 3, 4 years down the road, I ...
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Can I use my Macbook Pro Retina as extra monitor for my iMac through Thunderbolt

I just bought a new late 2013 iMac and a new late 2013 Macbook Pro retina. Also bought an Apple thunderbolt cable. Pressing CMD+F2 (enabling Apples "Target Display Mode") on my iMac lets me use the ...
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Using iMac as Mac Pro display

I currently have a iMac (27-inch, Late 2009, 3.06 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo) which I would like to use as display for a new Mac Pro. How do I do that?
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Is it bad when my iMac is constantly on?

Is it bad if I never shutdown my computer? I am asking solely terms of hardware so let's assume my software is stable and I reboot regularly to clean up software errors. If running constantly is ...
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How to fix iMac losing Wi-Fi connection again and again?

My iMac loses its Wifi connection from minute to minute. To make it active again, I have to run "Assist Me..." from the Network preferences panel. This is really, really annoying. Does anyone ...
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Will Early 2009 iMac accept faster-than-spec RAM?

I am looking to upgrade the RAM on my Early 2009 iMac from 4GB to 8GB. According to the memory specifications it accepts PC3-8500 204-pin SO-DIMMs. However, will the iMac accept faster RAM (e.g. ...
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Is Snow Leopard Server a good candidate for everyday use as a main OS?

Although similar questions have been asked before [1,2] non of them fully address whether OSX 10.6 Sever is a good candidate for everyday use on a top of the line computer. For the really lazy; 1 - ...
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Mixing memory sizes

I'm looking at upgrading the memory in my mid-2011 iMac. Is there any problem with sticking in 2 4GB modules alongside the existing 2GB modules?
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Considering 27" iMac. Can I use it as a TV?

I may be considering to get the iMac. I don't own a TV, but I would love to be able to use it as such. I understand it has a DisplayPort input for these types of purposes. What would I need to get ...
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What can be done to fix a 2011 iMac that will not boot past the white screen?

I have now tried opening the iMac and removing the cables to the SSD, it still gets stuck on the white screen. I tried again, removing the cables to the HDD as well and the same thing occurs. No idea ...
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most Mac-compatible linux distribution

I want to install Ubuntu on my iMac. But I don't want to use Unity. I want to use Gnome 3. I can install it over Ubuntu (as I do on my laptop) but I know that Fedora and OpenSuse use Gnome 3 natively. ...
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What's the easiest way to free up disk space on my iMac with a huge photo library?

This is a hybrid hardware/software question with a few more factors than the typical "freeing disk space" question. I have an older iMac with (I think) about a 250 GB hard drive. It's been running ...
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Wake sleeping screen with mouse move not click?

Prior to Lion I believe moving the mouse woke a sleeping(powersave) screen, and now in Lion you have to click. Often I am in the situation where I am about to go to bed and want to sleep my imac, but ...
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iMac iPhone USB Internet Sharing

I have a MacBook Pro and a iMac. On the MacBook I see a network interface named "iPhone USB" in my Network Settings. On the MacBook the internet sharing over usb works fine. But on the iMac it doesn't ...
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How to create a text file in a folder

In windows I right click and then there is an option to create a text file. How to do so in mac?
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Turning off ambient light control?

I have a mid-2011 27" iMac. I have realized that the screen brightness adjusts depending on the ambient light. When the sun hides behind the clouds, and the room gets darker, the brightness decreases. ...
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How do I boot into Internet Recovery on a iMac?

i have this problem i tap on COMMAND+OPTION+R and I want to boot into Internet Recovery on a iMac and for some reason it just continues the screen and boots onto OS X Utilities. Someone help me?