Killed my iMac, revived an old MacBook.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Easttime, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. Easttime macrumors 6502

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    So I thought I could get more years out of my 5 year old mid-2011 iMac by replacing the hard drive with a new SSD. I damaged something. LCD screen wouldn't light up. Shop said they had to replace the screen. Did that and it ran beautifully for 6 days, then started seeing the circle-slash gray screen, had corrupted drive. Took it to shop who ran diagnostic and said the hardware is fine. So I nuked the SSD and reinstalled the OS and my apps. Then bang, same problem only worse. My conclusion is that I wrecked something unhooking those four cables to the screen and created a cold connection gremlin. I doubt I'll find the thing and don't want to throw money at it.

    Fortunately I had an old 2010 white MacBook and good backups so I was up and running pretty quick, but slowly. Also fortunately it is a piece of cake to DIY that MB so I upgraded the RAM from 4 to 16 and replaced the hard drive with an SSD. In spite of being SATA II the thing really zips along nicely. I picked up a high res 27" monitor and the old MB drives it fine through Apple's expensive dual link minidisplay to DVI adapter. So all good while I figure out the next step. Probably one of the new iMacs this fall. I'd be happy with a Mac Mini but the rumours there aren't hopeful.

    Bottom line: I should have let the shop install that SSD. Thought my 25 years opening PCs meant I could crack the iMac. Nope.
     
  2. Oliverhay macrumors member

    Oliverhay

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    Aw that sucks. I'm currently debating wether I open a 2015 iMac to do the same thing. I take it that model has lots of adhesive and is even more fiddlley. Might have to give it a pass. I don't think they'll even do it at the shop if you ask.
     
  3. varian55zx macrumors 6502a

    varian55zx

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    Interesting, there is a shop in my area.

    Will do internal work on the 5k iMac, SSD installment, graphics card, but he is a true master of his craft.
     
  4. Oliverhay macrumors member

    Oliverhay

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    Yea... In New Zealand, we don't even have a proper apple store... Support for these kind of things is quite average over here.
     
  5. varian55zx macrumors 6502a

    varian55zx

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    Yeah, it's ok.

    I'll sympathize with anyone from your neck of the woods facing this type of problem with their Apple products.

    I would say I'd still recommend someone to buy Apple instead of PC, despite where they live.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    Bummer man :(

    Yeah iMacs are designed to discourage people from opening them up. I've looked at the iFixit guides and I absolutely do not want to attempt this. I have a decent history of building, selling, and fixing computers back in the day, so I know my way around the insides of a computer but when Apple glues the case together, I know my limits.

    Good luck in getting your iMac fully repaired.
     

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