iMac 27" 2010 Graphics Card Issue

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  1. jtvdw macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I have a 27" iMac and the graphics card started giving me issues, I'm not a Mac expert and I've tried this and this and this and this but no luck. Also, I haven't tried baking the the physical card, I'm not pro doing it, might mess it up even more. What I'm I missing or doing wrong, any help or assistance would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Cruz3LT macrumors member

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    Baking the card is rather easy and I have been successful with it. Just be sure that you purchase everything that you need beforehand if you go that route. If you have any questions, you can either reply here or message me.
     
  3. jtvdw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Thanks for the update and info, much appreciated.

    Before I go that route, do you perhaps know if there is 1 final fix I can maybe try before baking the card, if you perhaps know.

    Was the banking your last option or just tried it and it worked, pm me the details if you can, will be much appreciated.

    Thanks again.
     
  4. Cruz3LT macrumors member

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    Let me ask this first, what are the symptoms you are having?
     
  5. jtvdw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    So it boots fine till after the apple logo, then the screen goes blank and restarts the whole time.

    Thanks.
     
  6. Cruz3LT macrumors member

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    so you are going into a boot loop. I do not believe that there is anything else you can do besides replace the GPU or bake it. This was the same problem that I had with mine. I just bit the bullet and baked it. Baking it isn't guaranteed to work, but it is a cheaper option. Have you opened this machine up before?
     
  7. jtvdw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Exactly the boot loop. Okay, what must I do to bake the GPU, yes I’ve opened it a couple of times before.

    Thanks.
     
  8. Cruz3LT macrumors member

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    you are going to want to remove the logic board completely. But first remove your ram. Afterwards, remove the GPU from the logic board and then remove the heat sink. Clean off all the thermal compound found on the chips on the GPU. Purchase new thermal compound, I bought mine off of amazon, it is the arctic silver. You are going to want to set your oven to 290 degrees f and bake the GPU for 9 min. Then shut the oven off, pull out the GPU and let it cool for about 30 min.

     
  9. jtvdw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Great, thanks for the information, I will do it and get back to you. Who ever found that this solution works or does the apple people do that, just curious.

    Thanks.
     
  10. Cruz3LT macrumors member

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    You are essentially doing what the machine did to itself because they run too hot. Install a fan control afterwards will extend the life of this fix.
     
  11. jtvdw thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    That makes sense, I will do it and post again. Installing a fan controller, assuming software to monitor the temp inside?

    Thanks.
     
  12. Cruz3LT macrumors member

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    Yes
     
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