Apple hardware diagnostics without disc

jjk454ss

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Is there a place I can get the hardware diagnostics without the install disc? I have a 2006 iMac that is freezing and once in a while getting a line across the screen. The SMART status showed a failing hdd, after replacing it the machine froze up again right away, but only one so far. I have read all the reports of issues with these machines, and am a little worried now.

If not the Apple diagnostics is there something else?
 

rkaufmann87

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Is there a place I can get the hardware diagnostics without the install disc? I have a 2006 iMac that is freezing and once in a while getting a line across the screen. The SMART status showed a failing hdd, after replacing it the machine froze up again right away, but only one so far. I have read all the reports of issues with these machines, and am a little worried now.

If not the Apple diagnostics is there something else?
Nope, you have to have the original Install Discs that shipped with the machine. However you might get lucky, call AppleCare and for a nominal cost if they still have some they will ship them to you. You will need the serial number and credit card.
 

jjk454ss

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Nope, you have to have the original Install Discs that shipped with the machine. However you might get lucky, call AppleCare and for a nominal cost if they still have some they will ship them to you. You will need the serial number and credit card.
OK, thanks for the info.

Does anyone know of some other program I can maybe download to run some hardware tests? Or is the Apple Diag the only decent option?
 

kpgh554

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OK, thanks for the info.

Does anyone know of some other program I can maybe download to run some hardware tests? Or is the Apple Diag the only decent option?
you could buy discwarrior as that runs tests etc. or techtool they both run tests on hdd and ram
 

jjk454ss

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you could buy discwarrior as that runs tests etc. or techtool they both run tests on hdd and ram
I'll look into those, I was hoping for something cheap/free, even if it is more basic. I'm thinking though if its anything besides the RAM its probably too expensive to repair, since I replaced the hdd already. Everything else is kind of integrated together correct? Maybe I will try to either replace the RAM or try one stick at a time and see if that stops the freezing issue. I don't really care about the random line on the screen as long as the machine keeps running. Can I run an iMac with one stick of RAM? Does it need to be in any particular slot? I'm not by the machine right now or I would just try it. Thanks
 

Darth.Titan

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Just remember you get what you pay for. In my experience the Apple Hardware Diagnostics disc is pretty useless. It takes forever to run, and I've never had it give me any helpful results. More often than not it tells me that there's nothing wrong with an obviously malfunctioning system.

Did you do a clean install after replacing your hard drive?
 

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