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another mac question & some apologies

Once a year I get to ask you Macintosh people a question. Sorry I'm so late! My in-laws are using a very, very old old iMac and I think it's running system 7. I'm not looking at it right now, sorry about that, too. I'm going over tomorrow to hook up their DSL modem. What do I need to do to install the requisite software, which requires at least v9 but preferably OSX? If I buy them a mini, can I use the iMac as a monitor?

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chickenhat
Dec. 23rd, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
Apology accepted...
... with the caveat that I probably won't tell you what you want to hear.

Last question first: No.

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/imac/faq/software_compatibility.html
The "classic" iMacs came pre-installed with 8.5, all of them can be upgraded to OS 9.2.2 (which I'd recommend, although you won't find the software on the shelf at BestBuy), and all of them CAN run OS X if their memory and drive size has been upgraded but it'll run dirt slow and I wouldn't recommend it. (Problems "happen" if you don't partition the older drives in just the right way.)

I f you wind up getting them a mac mini, you're really REALLY better off getting a cheap $50 vga monitor. And if you decide to do this, let me check my closet at home first, I think I still have one I need to get rid of.
lonebear
Dec. 23rd, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Apology accepted...
hell, i might have a spare 17" monitor here at studio
koralleen
Dec. 23rd, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Apology accepted...
Thanks, you guys (and an extra apology for asking two questions instead of one)! It looks like a mini is the answer I was looking for. The good news is that I, too, have a surfeit of monitors. The bad news is that none of them looks like a blueberry iMac, so it will appear to M-i-L that I got her a new computer. I will have to use some cology ... where's my magic feather?

(Gratuitous Dumbo reference warrents a final apology: sorry!)
koralleen
Dec. 23rd, 2005 10:06 pm (UTC)
Show of hands
Who thought I would fail to post an apology for misspelling warrants?

Very good, just as I suspected. Sorry!
chickenhat
Dec. 23rd, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Show of hands
Enough with the damned apologies already, seeing as this year I've developed an allergy to guilt.
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koralleen
Dec. 24th, 2005 04:20 am (UTC)
Re: Forget the mini
What am I, made of money? Maybe I'll just give them my iBook until I can do better than that. Although the fire stick option is attractive, not to mention brilliant and sure to succeed.

Now. Where the hell are you? I tried calling your magic number to see if you were in and decent and would answer the door if I knocked and all I got was a deep RadioMan voice claiming that you were unavailable. That's why I hate phones and why I am going to drink your present all by myself.
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