Mid 2007 imac issues

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  1. axeldtf macrumors 6502

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    I have a Mid 2007 imac with 4 gigs of ram and running yosemite. My issue is that most of the time it runs great for what it is. I mostly use it for surfing the web and listening to music. I realize it's an old machine and i'm thankful for the 10+ years it's given to me. Lately it has been freezing on me and sometime i'll go to work and come home and notice that it has restarted on its own for some reason. I am hoping to squeeze some sort of life out it as a back up computer. I was wondering what steps i should take to check what hardware may be malfunctioning.
     
  2. mreg376 macrumors 65816

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    I have the same machine. I have since upgraded it to 6GB and an SSD.

    You don't say whether you've done any upgrades, and if you haven't the first culprit I would look at is the hard drive. I'm surprised it has lasted this long. You may want to start with changing that for an SSD. They are reasonably priced now, and ifixit.com has instructions on how to do the swap. If that works, increase the RAM to the 6GB max (see macsales.com), and you should have a still usable basic machine, although you'll be limited to running El Capitan (that's fine).

    If you really want to go crazy, there are also inexpensive CPU upgrades you can do, that will boost speed and allow you to run Mojave, but that's really major surgery.
     
  3. axeldtf thread starter macrumors 6502

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    the only thing i did was increase the ram from 2 gigs to 4. ( i thought 4 was the max out). after i purchased.. i have seen videos of swapping out to ssd. but it looks like intense surgery. but i may be up for the challenge after i back everything up.
     
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    mreg376 macrumors 65816

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    The max RAM is actually 6GB (4 and 2). The SSD swap is doable.
     
  5. axeldtf thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think i'm gonna give it a shot.. prob wait til after the holidays..
     
  6. EugW macrumors 603

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    Yes, you should troubleshoot it. If it's acting flaky, it could be the RAM, esp. since you've added aftermarket RAM.

    Try Memtest: https://www.memtestosx.org/

    If it's not the RAM, and the cause isn't obvious, I'm not sure I'd bother putting too much money into upgrading it, as it's already obsolete.

    4 + 1 = 5 :D
     
  7. axeldtf thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you I'll check that site out
     
  8. robertosh macrumors 6502a

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    I´ve put an 500Gb evo 850 ssd on my early 2008 24" iMac this year and makes more difference than going from 4G to 6G of RAM. The ssd installation was really straight forward for me. I followed iFixIt guide. The important thing is to buy a suction cup, a proper 3.5" adaptor (I´ve bought this:NewerTechnology AdaptaDrive) and then to have some extra help from someone. This way you can do the swap without disconnecting anything on the display (which is one of the most common source of problems) cause the other person can hold the display while you do the final step (which is the actual replacing).
     
  9. axeldtf thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great advice.. I'm looking to see if SSD's drop for the holidays. I'd be happy with a 250gb.
     

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