Late 2008 24" DEAD?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by GovtLawyer, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. GovtLawyer macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2008
    #1
    I sold my friend a late 2008 24" around 4 or 5 months ago. He just called and told me it was dead - would not start. It was working perfectly until last night.

    I am going over to take a look at it. Are there any troubleshooting steps I can take in order to either start it up or figure out what's wrong with it?

    Thanks. Steven
     
  2. slayerizer macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2012
  3. GovtLawyer thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2008
    #3
    Not the answer

    The answer given to me above is not for Macs which will not start and appear dead.

    Any other ideas?
     
  4. ReggaeFire macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2003
    #4
    I would check to see if it's actually powering on, but not displaying anything. The GPUs on many of those had a defect that can result in that.
     
  5. iTiki macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2007
    Location:
    Maui, Hawaii
    #5
    My early 2008 died about a week ago. Turned out to be the hard drive. Not a big deal to replace and it's back up running perfectly again. I expect to get another year or two out of it.
     
  6. GovtLawyer thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2008
    #6
    Probably Power

    It doesn't seem to be powering on at all. Just seems dead.
     
  7. 128keaton macrumors 68020

    128keaton

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2013
    #7
    Yeah, mine did that. I put it in the oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees twice with a 15 minute break in between.
     
  8. slayerizer macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Nov 9, 2012
    #8
    if you bothered to read the page I linked you would have noticed this :

     
  9. GovtLawyer thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2008
    #9
    Tried that

    Yes, I guess I sloughed over that. However, unplugging and trying to start it by holding the power button was one of the first things we tried. No response to that.
     
  10. Fishrrman macrumors G5

    Fishrrman

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2009
    #10
    Some years ago, there was a problem with some Macs that was similar to yours.

    That is, press the power-on button, and ..... nothing.

    The cause was a dead PRAM (motherboard) battery.

    Replace the battery, and everything back to normal.

    Many folks replaced entire motherboards, when the only "faulty part" was the battery.

    I don't know if this might also apply to modern iMacs. Worth consideration...
     

Share This Page