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Saved an iMac from the landfill

 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:01 pm    Post subject: Saved an iMac from the landfill Reply with quote

17" iMac G5 (pre-iSight), 1.8GHz, 1GB ram, superdrive, airport card. The only thing wrong with it (aside from all the stickers I peeled and cleaned off of it) was a dead hard drive. Have one of my spare hdd's in it right now and have a new one (along with 2GB of ram) on order.

The screen is perfect (beautiful!), wireless works great, cosmetically looks like new after a good cleaning. Been running a fresh install of Leopard for the last couple of days and has been rock solid.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW! Now that's a great find!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You mean you literally "found" it in someone's trash!? AWESOME
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:49 pm    Post subject: wow Reply with quote

Even if it was sold for parts they could have got a couple hundred for it (maybe) but to just throw it away?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Saved an iMac from the landfill Reply with quote

iMav wrote:
17" iMac G5 (pre-iSight), 1.8GHz, 1GB ram, superdrive, airport card. The only thing wrong with it (aside from all the stickers I peeled and cleaned off of it) was a dead hard drive. Have one of my spare hdd's in it right now and have a new one (along with 2GB of ram) on order.

The screen is perfect (beautiful!), wireless works great, cosmetically looks like new after a good cleaning. Been running a fresh install of Leopard for the last couple of days and has been rock solid.


That's seriously impressive. Cool

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kudos, iMav! I bet you couldn't believe your eyes when you saw that one... Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 4:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah,

No wonder the US is rightly called, 'The land of opportunity' Wink

Talk about picking gold nuggets off the street Cool

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Soon after I bought my first mini's (two 1.25Ghz G4's and one 1.42Ghz G4) back in early 2005, I purchased a 17" G5 iMac for my wife. Early last year, I gave my wife my 1st gen Macbook and gave the G5 to a friend of mine (who really wanted a Mac, but would never be able to afford one (if he didn't have hand-me-downs and his work laptop, he'd have nothing)).

That 17" G5 iMac had a combo drive and this one has a superdrive. So I'm basically getting back better than what I gave away.

(my wife now uses a 15.4" MBP, but that is another story) Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice find! I bet there are bunches of iMacs sitting around with nothing but a dead hard drive in the dump. The average person just doesn't know how to pull or check them.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You lucky SOB. If you ever find a Mac Pro, send it my way! Wink

By the way, how did you stumble upon it?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 09, 2008 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

this makes me want to cheak my local dump Wink Wink Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One issue with this certain dumps depnding on where you live have laws in place no salvaging so be carefull.

A great place to check is at night go check your local apartment dumpsters my friends and i have rescued nearly 25 imacs out of dumpsters and we just donated them to our local computer bank chairity.

So like i said look in apartment dumpsters.

You would be amazed what you find.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

400GB hdd and 2GB ram arrived from NewEgg today. Upgraded iMac is quite snappy for an "old G5".
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a fantastic find
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