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Old Jan 14, 2013, 11:27 AM   #1
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iMac 20" graphic card in 24"

Hey
I have a 24" 2.8ghz 2008 with a defect 256 MB Radeon HD 2600 PRO

I also have a 20" 2.16ghz with a 128 MB Radeon HD 2400 XT.

Will i be able to put the graphic card from the 20" and put into the 24"

thanks

P.S sorry for my poor english
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 11:28 AM   #2
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Hey
I have a 24" 2.8ghz 2008 with a defect 256 MB Radeon HD 2600 PRO

I also have a 20" 2.16ghz with a 128 MB Radeon HD 2400 XT.

Will i be able to put the graphic card from the 20" and put into the 24"

thanks

P.S sorry for my poor english
No, unfortunately not.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 11:39 AM   #3
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No, unfortunately not.
Thanks
Sorry to hear it dont fit
When the graphic card is dead, how stable is it with reflow?

Thinks the graphic cards i extremely expensive
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 11:53 AM   #4
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Sorry to hear it dont fit
When the graphic card is dead, how stable is it with reflow?

Thinks the graphic cards i extremely expensive
You'd be surprised.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 11:55 AM   #5
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You'd be surprised.
so it is possible?
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 12:03 PM   #6
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so it is possible?
I was referring to your comment on the expense of the part needed, it's not that expensive. Check eBay.
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 03:17 PM   #7
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Hey
I have a 24" 2.8ghz 2008 with a defect 256 MB Radeon HD 2600 PRO

I also have a 20" 2.16ghz with a 128 MB Radeon HD 2400 XT.

Will i be able to put the graphic card from the 20" and put into the 24"

thanks

P.S sorry for my poor english
If you can find it and you want a better card look for the nVidia 8800GSX 512, thats the card they also used for those machines and it will fit as well.
The problem is that the cards Apple uses are very specific to apple machines, no one else uses them so replacements are going to be difficult to find, not impossable just difficult. You may be able to find one/order one through an Applestore if you can't find it elsewhere.

Good luck
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Old Jan 14, 2013, 03:22 PM   #8
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If you can find it and you want a better card look for the nVidia 8800GSX 512, thats the card they also used for those machines and it will fit as well.
The problem is that the cards Apple uses are very specific to apple machines, no one else uses them so replacements are going to be difficult to find, not impossable just difficult. You may be able to find one/order one through an Applestore if you can't find it elsewhere.

Good luck
As long as the card you get was shipped with a mac of the same age it'll be fine.

You *can* use (much cheaper) generic MXM cards - but you need to find and flash Apple's vBios to them, and they need to be a supported model. Not an easy task by any stretch.
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 10:28 AM   #9
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As long as the card you get was shipped with a mac of the same age it'll be fine.

You *can* use (much cheaper) generic MXM cards - but you need to find and flash Apple's vBios to them, and they need to be a supported model. Not an easy task by any stretch.
The cards are available, just not easy to find on the open market. To get either the one he has or the nVidia the OP is likely going to have to go through an AppleStore as a repair (I did it last year but I was still covered by AppleCare - well it had just expired a month before the card failed but they covered me anyway). You will pay too much for the card $250+- + $40 for the repair but it's still cheaper than a new machine.
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