Intel Imac Rev.A 1.83ghz 1GB Ram start-up issues.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Aeronautical, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. Aeronautical macrumors member

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    My Intel Core Duo iMac (bought march 2006) is having some recurring problems with starting up and awaking from sleep. It's a 17" Rev A, 1.83GHZ, 160GB, with an extra 512mb of Ram added by me, running OSX 10.4.8.

    It has worked without problems for nearly a year but recently it just wouldn't start up. The power light would come on at the front of the machine, and just stay on with a blank/black screen for as long as I left it, until I force shut it down by holding the power button for 5 seconds.

    I can keep going through this process in the hope that it will eventually start ok on its own, but it never does. When I take the ram stick out that I added it will then start up ok. I can then put the ram back in and it will work ok for another few weeks before going weird again. In System Profiler it says that both Ram sticks are ok. So I'm not sure if it's bad Ram, and removing it makes the system work ok, or if just the act of removing Ram helps to get it going.

    I have done all firmware updates for Rev.A Intel Imacs. Though I only did the IFE firmware update recently after the problem started in the hope that it would help. Before I did the firmware update and was trying to sort it out it once got a grey screen and made a high pitched electronic sound, as well as not starting up and just getting a black screen

    I've also done a complete clean install of the OS, re-formatting the hard disk first. The machine worked fine for about a day after this but then I had to resort to removing the Ram again to get it to start up ok.

    Has anyone else experienced this or similar problems with their Intel Imacs? I'd be really grateful for any advice out there!
     
  2. Super Macho Man macrumors 6502a

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    If removing one of the RAM modules fixes it, then it's a problem with the RAM module. Try running it with one module, and then with the other in order to pinpoint which module is faulty. The fact that reinserting it makes it work properly for a while makes me wonder if there's not a bad contact on the module. Try cleaning it. Otherwise, simply replace the faulty module.

    Don't trust what System Profiler says about your RAM. The Mac does only a very basic test of your RAM during startup.
     
  3. Aeronautical thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks Super Macho, good advice. I should have thought of trying that myself!
     

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