Dying/dead iMac mid 2011

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  1. Vip887 macrumors newbie

    Vip887

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    Hi,

    I have a iMac mid 2011 27" a few months ago it stopped booting up first time, I had to repeatedly reset the smc to get it running. Now it is dead and does not power on at all no chime no noise nothing, I have taken it apart and exposed the diagnostics LEDs and there are all unlit, so I figured I need a new logic board or power supply.

    So today I thought I would go ahead and try it out again, I decided to plug the mains cable back in, after around an hour plugged in I notice the first LED was lit, so I pressed the power button and I heard the chime and it started to boot the first 3 LEDS all lit up and then all the fans came on full blast, I powered it down holding the power button and the first LED was still lit, after switching it on again it did the same thing but no loud fans this time, so I reassembled the display and turned it on powered up to the apple logo and then after a minute it switched off by itself and now it is back to dead again!

    Any ideas what this issue is? Logic board or power supply?

    Thanks
     
  2. MacVidCards Suspended

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    Redo thermal paste on CPU and GPU.

    Try a safe boot. If you can use target mode, turn on screen shatring and try booting with GPU out.
     
  3. Vip887 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Will give it a try and report back, thanks
     
  4. ElCani macrumors member

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    I replaced a completely dead PSU on a 2011 iMac with a used one that turned out to be faulty. The Mac booted but the CPU fan ran at full speed and the CPU throttled to about 1/2 power. Apple Hardware Test showed an error code that related to a PSU temperature sensor, so I replaced the PSU again and all was well.

    Not sure how much that helps, but it shows that a dodgy PSU can lead to the CPU fan running at full speed. It a cheap-ish part and an easy job to replace, so worth trying.
     
  5. Vip887 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks will give that a try also, I am thinking it is either a power supply or logic board issue, when the Mac does not switch on all of the LEDs are unlit, which suggests it is not receiving any power. LED 1 shows it is receiving a trickle charge, when it is lit then it boots up, although it seems to be random it is lit or not.
     
  6. Vip887 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Update, so I redid thermal paste but had no effect on the power, so took the plunge and picked up a new power supply, installed and is now running perfectly, LED lit up straight away and powered up first time, been running for the last 24 hours, tried a few restarts and cold boots and is running perfectly, thanks for your help!
     
  7. ElCani macrumors member

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    Good news! They're good machines the 2011 27s, I installed a 256GB SSD in mine around three years ago (configured as a fusion drive with the 2TB HDD) and it still serves me very well.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    Glad that you fixed the issue.
     
  9. Vip887 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah it is a great machine, I have also put a ssd in mine, makes a big difference, from the speed you wouldn't know it's a 4+ year old machine.
     

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