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White Intel iMac Q&A (White Intel iMac FAQ)

With the "White Intel" iMac Q&A you can get answers to all of your questions about the Intel-based iMac models that use white plastic cases. Questions range from "How much faster are the White iMac 'Core 2 Duo' models than the original iMac 'Core Duo' systems?" to "How do you upgrade the RAM in the White iMac 'Core Duo' and 'Core 2 Duo' models? How much RAM of what type do these systems support?" and cover everything in between.

Please note that the "White Intel" iMac models were discontinued on August 7, 2007, and this Q&A was "archived" on December 8, 2008. PowerPC-based iMac models that use white plastic cases are covered in the iMac G5 Q&A and subsequent Intel-based systems -- which use aluminum cases -- are covered in the Aluminum iMac Q&A.

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Most Frequently Asked White Intel iMac Q&As:

How do you upgrade the RAM in the White iMac "Core Duo" and "Core 2 Duo" models? How much RAM of what type do these systems support?

What are the differences between the displays used in the Intel-based "Aluminum" and "White" iMac models? What is the viewable angle and the brightness of each?

How much faster are the White iMac "Core 2 Duo" models than the original iMac "Core Duo" systems?

What are the differences between the White iMac "Core 2 Duo" models?

Can you wall mount the White iMac "Core Duo/Core 2 Duo" models? Are any VESA compliant?

What is the difference between the iMac "Core Duo" and the iMac G5 "iSight"?

Can the White Intel iMac models run MacOS 9/Classic applications?

Do the White iMac "Core Duo/Core 2 Duo" models support 802.11n?

What are the "pros and cons" of the White Intel iMac models? Is one right for my needs?

Can you use the "remote holder" on the White iMac "Core Duo/Core 2 Duo" models to hold an iPod?

Software Compatibility Q&As:

What version of the MacOS is pre-installed on the White Intel iMac models?

Can the White Intel iMac models run MacOS X applications written for PowerPC Macs?

Can the White Intel iMac models run MacOS 9/Classic applications?

Can the White Intel iMac models run Windows?

Can the White Intel iMac models run Linux?

Comparison & Performance Q&As (Core 2 Duo):

What are the differences between the White iMac "Core 2 Duo" models?

How much faster are the White iMac "Core 2 Duo" models than the original iMac "Core Duo" systems?

How much faster is the custom configured White iMac "Core 2 Duo" with a 2.33 GHz processor compared to the stock model? Is it worth the extra cost?

Comparison & Performance Q&As (Core Duo):

What is the difference between the iMac "Core Duo" and the iMac G5 "iSight"?

What are the differences between the consumer iMac "Core Duo" models?

What is the difference between the consumer and education-only iMac "Core Duo"?

How does the iMac "Core Duo" compare to a similar Windows "All-in-One" PC?

How fast is the education-only iMac "Core Duo" compared to the consumer model?

How fast is the iMac "Core Duo" compared to the iMac G5? How fast is it compared to the Power Macintosh G5?

Expansion Q&As:

How do you upgrade the RAM in the White iMac "Core Duo" and "Core 2 Duo" models? How much RAM of what type do these systems support?

Is it possible to upgrade the processor in the White iMac "Core Duo" and "Core 2 Duo" models?

What type of video processor is provided by the White iMac "Core Duo" and "Core 2 Duo" systems? Is it upgradable?

Do the White Intel iMac models have PCI slots or expansion bays?

What are the capabilities of the optical drive provided by the White iMac "Core Duo/Core 2 Duo" models? Which can read and write dual-layer DVDs?

Do the White Intel iMac models have a ROM or BIOS?

Can you use the "remote holder" on the White iMac "Core Duo/Core 2 Duo" models to hold an iPod?

Display Q&As:

What are the differences between the displays used in the Intel-based "Aluminum" and "White" iMac models? What is the viewable angle and the brightness of each?

What does "nits" mean as a unit of brightness? How does "nits" compare to "cd/m"?

Do the White iMac "Core Duo/Core 2 Duo" models support a "mirrored" external display? Dual displays?

What is the maximum supported resolution for an external display?

Can you wall mount the White iMac "Core Duo/Core 2 Duo" models? Are any VESA compliant?

Storage, Peripherals, & File Transfer Q&As:

How can I transfer files from my old Mac to my White iMac "Core Duo/Core 2 Duo"?

What removable storage is available for the White iMac "Core Duo/Core 2 Duo" models?

Can Firewire "800" be added to the White iMac "Core Duo/Core 2 Duo" models?

What printers and scanners are compatible with the White iMac "Core Duo/Core 2 Duo" models?

Networking & Communication Q&As:

How do I network the White iMac "Core Duo/Core 2 Duo" to another Mac?

What is AirPort? What is AirPort Extreme?

Does the White iMac "Core Duo/Core 2 Duo" support 802.11a?

What is the difference between 802.11a and 802.11g (AirPort Extreme)?

Do the White iMac "Core Duo/Core 2 Duo" models support 802.11n?

What is is 802.11n? How is it different from 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a?

Did the White iMac "Core Duo/Core 2 Duo" models ship with a modem?

Design, Configuration, & Purchasing Q&As:

Who designed the White Intel iMac models?

Where can I buy a White Intel iMac model?

What were the default configurations?

Were custom configurations available?

What are the "pros and cons" of the White Intel iMac models? Is one right for my needs?




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