Help my iMac is stripy

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Dana12345, Jun 26, 2017.

  1. Dana12345 macrumors newbie


    Jun 26, 2017
    Hi, half way through my work my iMac 2009 restarts. Now has had a fashion change and is striped pink and white. Then on restart it went to orange and white. Then if I get it started it lags. Is it dead. I am having a panic attack

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  2. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Looks like the gfx card is failing or has failed.

    There are quite a few threads here about replacement/repair.
  3. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    Looks like the GPU in your iMac is failing. This is a pretty serious issue unfortunately, you'll have to take it in to an Apple-authorized repair shop and get it replaced (unless you're comfortable with opening the iMac up yourself). May not be worth the repair cost on an almost 8-year-old Mac.
  4. SaSaSushi, Jun 26, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2017

    SaSaSushi macrumors 68040


    Aug 8, 2007
    Takamatsu, Japan
    Yes, vertical pink stripes are an almost certain symptom of GPU failure.

    As others mentioned, it is a very expensive repair for such an old Mac.

    It's not an easy job, but you could disassemble the machine to remove the GPU and bake it in an oven at 375° for about 10 minutes in order to reflow the solder.

    That has been known to revive some failed cards. Here's a video I found of someone doing the job on a 2009 iMac.
  5. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Cheapest solution: Open it up, take out the GPU, reflow it, repaste it, put it back in. Does require a little know how.
    Expensive solution: Buy a new GPU. Absolutely not worth it.
    Expensivest solution: Buy a new machine. If you don't dare do the cheapest solution, this is likely the most logical option.

    Your files are not gone btw, you can easily take out the harddrive and use it with another machine.
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    As others have mentioned, time to start shopping for a new iMac.

    Or… you might consider a refurbished or closeout "2015 model"…
  7. Dana12345 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 26, 2017
    Thank you all. I have decided to get a new mac. Now have to get all my crap off this one lol.

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