Refurbished iMac

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  1. SacDAve

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    Took the mac to apple they said it was the video chip/card and not worth fixing. I would save about $350 on a refurb. from apple, that would be a 2019 model. My wife thinks I should get a new one I would a $160 credit for mine. Anyway no rush sill have my iPad so I have time to think about it.
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    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    that is this little card right here, it can be repaired quite easily with the right equipment ( which I have) too bad


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    I bought a refurbished iMac from Apple in 2013, it's a 2011 (mid) model. I loaded it with full RAM (32GB) and it''s still
    working fine for me. I can't update to the new Catalina OS but it still does everything I need it for.
    Good luck!
     
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    But then Apple did say they would “allow” privateers to fix iPhones , screen and batteries
     
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    It did not know that thanks
     
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    I've always bought refurb'd/used macs, whether directly from apple or elsewhere. One thing to be aware of is how expandable newer gen macs are. At least for the mac mini series, apple has seriously limited what users can replace/upgrade in the last few gens. May not be the same with iMacs, but worth checking out before buying.
     
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    OK the new Mac has landed My wife said to buy a new one not a refurb. The one thing you can count on at the apple store every person you talk to tells you something else. One of the big problems I had was my DAW interface is an Apollo Twin They are not compatible with the IOS Catalina current operating system for Macs. Went to the Apple Friday to see if they could instal Mojave 10.14.5 he asked one of the techs they said no The computer will not work with anything less that Catalina. None the less I needed a computer it won't be long until an upgrade for my Apollo will be available. Clicking on "About this Mac" It's using Mojave now can't believe it's working. I did disable the automatic updates Will update when my Apollo and all my plugins will work. AS for the new Mac it's pretty nice but have a lot of transferring from old Mac to New, something called migration. Still will be hours of work and I'm not that great with Computer stuff. As for the old Mac might be a good project for my son he like that kind of stuff. Screen Shot 2019-10-12 at 12.27.08 PM.png
     
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    That’s hilarious. How can a computer that was made well before the new OS only work on the nw OS?

    I’m glad you got what you were after, I love my Mac.


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    I love my apple stuff, but I think most the people in the Apple stores haven't a clue of facts. I never once had them solve, fix any problem I've had.
     
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    True story, if they’d research this stuff as a much as I do, they might be helpful. I hate when I know more about the stuff they’re selling than they do.


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    I've bought a couple for my daughter, over the years. They were great. Instead of taking a discount on the models we were after, buying refurbished allowed us to bump up the specs for the same money.
     
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    Late to the conversation but I've owned two refurbished Macs and both were top notch. Some "refurbished" units are nothing more than returns.
    My daughter is still using a refurb MacBook Air bought her 4 years ago.
    If you're used to a Mac, I think you will be disappointed going to Windows. That's even more true if you're used to using Logic.
     
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    The salespeople in the Apple Store locations can be very good with tech details but they are not the same as making an appointment for help with certified staff.

    Apple Store locations and qualified independent stores can both boot your system via Ethernet and the independent might be more willing or able to use an older image to load the computer.

    The reality for the core issue is Apple warned support for 32 bit apps is going away a long time ago. For the past year the OS version warned that when you run those programs. If you want more support for old software architecture you'll have to choose a different path or operating system.

    You can also consider beta versions if a program is not yet ready. Most of those betas are quite stable. It's no fun and I know this because two programs I depend on were not ready but their work around options are reasonable.

    I have to fight this compatibility issue with different operating systems. It's worse where I have new Windows 10 systems and modern screen resolution and then have to make accommodations to run old software.

    One can also make a virtual machine to run old software.
     
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