Keep in mind that it is not necessarily obvious that the home-brew system is at fault. It may simply be a matter of re-installing the OS and applications if it is not too old a machine. What is the system motherboard, how much memory does it have, what are the drives, how old is it, what OS ... those may have specific relevance.
If your Mac is Intel-chip based, have you considered running Windows under MacOS (using one of the programs on the market for this purpose)? This may allow you to run FrameMaker and Acrobat in Windows on your Mac hardware. Separately, most of the Dell and Lenova and HP mid- to high-end desktop systems will work fine for your needs. Their web-site configurators will provide you the information. The issue to keep in mind is that a good mid-range graphics cards will be important, particularly one with dual DVI connectors, and lots of separate graphics memory (i.e., not using main memory like the graphics chipsets on the motherboards). If you get an Intel Core 2 Duo (or Core 2 Quad) system, running at 2.6GHz or higher, with 4GB of DDR2 RAM and 7200rpm drives (RAID 0 might be a bit of overkill but easy enough to do), Windows Vista Business 64-bit, and something like an nVidia 9600GT card or better, you will have *more* than enough power to run FrameMaker with excellent performance. This should cost under $1000 or so ... depending on the other options you want on it. If you want more performance than pick one of the Intel i7 systems, (the 920 or 940 based). Z -----Original Message----- From: framers-boun...@lists.frameusers.com [mailto:framers-bounces at lists.frameusers.com] On Behalf Of D L Reynolds Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 9:20 AM To: framers at lists.frameusers.com Subject: Soliciting hardware recommendations Penny wise and pound foolish... As a Mac diehard, I resisted buying a Windows machine for a very long time. And then I bought a machine cobbled together by a neighbor, a self-described "computer expert." Bad idea. I have serious intermittent problems creating PDFs from within FrameMaker. About half the time, FM crashes when it hits a particular page. The page in question changes from day to day, sometimes from minute to minute. It isn't FM or the files -- they work fine on other machines. So it must be my "custom" computer. Time to get a real Windows box. I'm looking for a desktop machine, not a laptop. Must be able to accommodate two 22" monitors. Can you recommend anything? Many thank, --D Reynolds _______________________________________________ You are currently subscribed to Framers as Syed.Hosain at aeris.net. Send list messages to framers at lists.frameusers.com. To unsubscribe send a blank email to framers-unsubscribe at lists.frameusers.com or visit http://lists.frameusers.com/mailman/options/framers/syed.hosain%40aeris. net Send administrative questions to listadmin at frameusers.com. Visit http://www.frameusers.com/ for more resources and info.