By - Tanmang77
Admire it. It's a nice piece of hardware.
read it a bedtime story
An iPod enthusiast might want it if it has FireWire.
Every time I need to move massive amounts of data via USB I miss FireWire
Why is FireWire useful?
FireWire contains it own chip so it doesn’t tax the processor, it delivered more power and is much better for large data moves.
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2017/06/the-rise-and-fall-of-firewire-the-standard-everyone-couldnt-quite-agree-on/amp/ Apple really screwed the pooch on that technology :(
Yes, indeed Apple screwed it over. Thanks for sharing the read.
You’re welcome…FireWire forever!
Because it’s a fire wire
Yeah these have FireWire 400, though the white MacBooks of this generation also had it.
I think only 3rd and 4th gen users would benefit from having FireWire on a Mac (source: my experience with using iPods and MacBooks for the last year and a half)
I’m an iPod guy, can confirm that if I had the space, I’d use it for that.
Also great for a vintage video enthusiast (see /r/camcorders) to capture DV via FireWire.
Snow Leopard; Peak.
How much I wanted one of these when I was a kid… It was my dream machine
Send it to me =)
This is getting traction on likes so I’m going to put out there if there’s any chance of that I’m open to negotiation genuinely. I love older tech and have nothing from Apple would love to give it a home.
Shoot me a DM (“Step into my office”)
*~~But I want it.~~*
Or send it to me
Take the screen off it and mail it to fix mine, or play some older games on it. I out simcity 4 on mine
Give me a Price. Or if you just want to be rid of it ill take it. ;)
I have one of those to run Filemaker 5 on. I print christmas card labels once a year.
Maybe install a Linux distro and use it as a media server?
I taught my kids linux on the command line of this iMac (2005)
Bruh, after some HTML and SQL learning C was another level
*Bash, GNU+BSD tools, and POSIX-compliant syntax
if you want to be pedantic at least be correct lol.
I use mine as a CD streamer.
Built-in CD drive for ripping.
I've installed Linux on the same model for my kids.
Turn it into a jukebox.
I have some decent speakers hooked up to my white iBook and a shit ton of mp3s on iTunes.
Play music or make it a weather station
G5 or intel?
So space heater is off the table, then…
Put ubuntu budgie on it!
Save it for 30 yrs and sell it for $30k
Turn it in a DIY putting a m1 Mac mini inside it and start using it again ;)
Why gut a perfectly working iMac to put an M1 mini inside it? There is no point using the internal display since it's a rather poor quality 20" display that is only 1680x1050 and not IPS, OLED or even VA.
Might as well install Tiger/SnowLeopard/Windows XP and use it as originally intended to play old games and software, or run a 32-bit linux distro and use it as a media player.
Yes it’s a “pity” for a perfectly working but quite useless Mac in todays standards - it was only a niche idea as a tempting DIY project
Not useless if you know how to use it right. Obviously that all depends on what OP wants to do with it.
You can't expect streaming services to work properly, or at most in SD, but for playing with old software (of which there are many communities throughout the internet) it's still great.
install a 64 bit core 2 duo and install windows 10. I’ve done it and it works surprisingly well.
Yep! I installed one of those a few years ago. I should have replaced the internal drive at the same time because it has since died and I really don’t wanna take that thing apart again.
Offhand, would you happen to know if I could use OCLP on it since it’s upgraded with the core 2 duo?
It doesn’t hurt to try! I haven’t tried personally.
I’ll spare the story, but the answer is no.
The processor I put in was probably a T7600. I take it OCLP might need a T9300 or T5000, and I probably can't put that in an iMac 6,1, right?
I replaced the internal drive on mine. The second one died, too. Now I use an external drive. Not fast, but works.
I remember a few years ago you could get a Firewire enclosure for next to nothing. Not anymore. If I could find a cheap one I'd probably grab it and try to use this li'l guy for something.
I miss mine. Had that same year. Got stolen from my house in ‘09. First and last iMac. Been on MacBook or air since. Always think about getting another one!
Install VLC and use it for movies and shows that you have on your hard drives etc. play music on it.
Quite nonsense because of the old graphics card, would run quite slow.
It should be fine for DIVX
Leave it on screen saver slide show of all your 2006 photos.
Mount it on the wall and use it as a calander or weather station
Thats worth some money (not a LOT), but definitely enough to buy yourself something new like a mouse or keyboard. So sell it on ebay or something. Or keep it, your choice. You could still use it for other stuff, like a minecraft server or a network-wide adblocker (you could use a rpi tho).
Funny you reminded me of a bout 10 years back when I used a 1,1 Mac Pro for a Minecraft server. Those were simpler times
Run Linux OS
Mine died, else it would be running Debian 9
Honestly, and call me crazy but this might be crazy in a good way. I'd find a way to put it in the shower.
I need a computer in the shower. This is a perfect test bed for the idea.
I installed windows 11 on mine. With a custom boot loader and modded iso
Donate to an antique shop?
Why donate to a for profit establishment?
I installed [windows 7](https://www.reddit.com/r/windows/comments/yr5dbo/got_windows_7_fully_working_with_aero_on_a_2006/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf) on mine. Runs surprising well. I upgraded my ram to 3gb (most it can handle) and it works
Give it to a school or Senior Citizens home
Most schools can’t use something that old. Also they’ve all converted to Chromebooks
I'm sure any IT dept. of any school would put that to good use, most likely internally to play games or to disassemble and play with one way or another
So why not just do that for yourself? A school can find money in a budget to do that
A good will gesture, sheeze what a fuckin Dumb topic! The guy wants to dump his computer not keep it.
Who said he would dump it bruh???
Because it's old and he should donate it and get a new one
bury it underground
Pee on it
My first Mac was the first gen iMac G5. I always thought the design was so beautiful.
What model? If it’s the first C2D series I would say consider a very lightweight Linux distro with 2GB RAM. If it’s a C2D model capable of taking 4GB of RAM, paired with an SSD it will even run Windows 11 relatively well.
Love it with all your heart.
Enjoy and admire it, or put it in my apartment so I can enjoy and admire it. (Along with my clamshell, G4, and eMac.)
Play Sims 3 and watch DVDs on it(They actually run sims 3 really well) they’re awesome machines
Create a slideshow and use it as a fancy picture frame
I used one last year to import a load of mini dv tapes using iMovie.
Plug an external SSD in and use it as network storage with easy access as a beautiful interface and design.
Pls send it to meeee
Build a server of it
Upgrade it to macos ventura
play old school runescape on it
Max it out, install Snow Leopard and enjoy :) Like my '06 one
This was my first Mac! I loved it. The media player + remote that magneted to the side. And the hum light. I loved it, rip.
Put a SSD in it! That's what I'm doing with mine. :)
Put it in a museum
i would play old games that arent available anymore on new macs
Make it a fish tank.
Turn it into an arcade desktop. Install recalbox onto it. Boom happy days for old school gaming
Why didn’t I think of this? This would make a pretty rad corner gaming machine. I have a slightly newer larger model than this so maybe that’s what I should do. Thanks for the tip.
Yup it would. And you can buy cheap arcade sticks these days as well to go with the setup. Christ even get a decal for it cover it like a arcade machine hahaha. Better then using it as a computer as even with Linux they slow as hell
i need one 🥲
And post results
I had this exact machine. My wife used it in her classroom for the last 5-6 years. It can't run a modern browser so most web stuff like video won't work. She still uses the 2010 iMac I gave her though.
I brought it home, gave it a good clean reset and then took it to an Apple store for recycling. Farewell.
I would trade it in for something newer or maybe a 3' lightning cable?
You can reboot it :)
Keep it lol
Admire it. Gives a retro vibe unlike today’s Apple shitware
Sell it. Donate it. Recycle it.
Music player, home security. Give it to a kid who doesn’t have one.
Encase it in epoxy and you can admire it forever
Put it in a glass case
Save the well made not obsolete keyboard, toss the rest. Staples should take it for free, not sure if they really “recycle” though. A dedicated electronics recycling facility, of one exists near you, would be an eco-friendlier option.
If there’s Apple store you can take it to that would be the best. They definitely recycle everything.
If it works and you can get it to display google news, I’d put it someplace prominent and use it as an info center. Maybe connect a cheap trackpad to it so you can click on articles or the weather. I use my 2nd gen iPad similarly.
Put Windows 10 in a SSD on it.
I did, and it served well as a nice point-of-sale machine in a handicrafts store.
Send it to me. :) (I'll pay shipping)
Wipe your data and recycle it
Make it into a fish bowl
Frame it and put it on the wall.
admire it with all your being. its gorgeous.
I have the same one! installed an SSD add Linux on it and it's still working fine for the kids.
Download the InterWeb browser from [here](https://github.com/wicknix/InterWebSnow/releases), and you will have a mostly up to date browser. Load music onto it, and an old version of iWork or MS office. It will make an awesome basic web browser and study machine.
The ugly age of Macs. Not a fan of that white plastic that gets dingey over time
Still have mine and it’s still pearly white. Maybe smokers turn it yellow?
Open legacy patcher......
OCLP is not supported on a 2006.
Go on a nostalgic trip with it. (By nostalgic trip I mean remembering the old times :-D)
you want to give it to me for $5
1. Install Linux.
2. Run Linux.
3. Enjoy and have fun.
4. Until you need to do anything that involves Terminal.
5. Un-install Linux.
6. Throw it in the trash.
You're desperate... and wrong.
Install Linux Mint and award it a new life. As long as the screen works, just go ahead. Replace the disk with a new SATA 2.5” - uses a fraction of the power. Install software for cloud management - OwnCloud and provide home disk storage. I have 2TB at home - don’t need others. It’s very simple to use Windows shares but not safe.
Replace the disk with a new 2.5” SATA, 2TB with transfer speed higher than 50Mbps. Install Linux Mint and share the drive. And you have a 2TB cloud server, video and music server.