What things can i do to strip a iMac that is being used only as a monitor?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by maf2k8, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. maf2k8 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 14, 2009
    #1
    Ok so my Late 2009 i7 27" iMac has a bad video card. I figure it might cost to much to have the card replaced so i have since purchased a new 27" iMac and i am using my old iMac as a 2nd monitor and running dual displays with my new iMac.

    I am wondering, What things can i do (either software or hardware related ) that will minimize usage/power/heat from the older iMac since i am only using it in TDM as a 2nd monitor?

    It still giving off a good amount of heat, So i am just wondering if i can do anything like disabling certain things or remove certain things to limit the amount of heat and power it uses.


    So far i am running it in Safe-Mode and have internet/wifi off. Just curious if there is anything else i can do? Can i remove the ram? disable anything? I thought it would cut back on the heat issue since i am running it in Safe-Mode and its relying on the graphics card from my other iMac since i am in TDM.

    Any tips or advice would be great, thanks.
     
  2. fruitpunch.ben macrumors 6502a

    fruitpunch.ben

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2008
    Location:
    Surrey, BC
    #2
    Pretty sure there's nothing you can do. Because of how that computer is wired, the computer needs to be running and booted into Mac OS X before it will work in TDM. So obviously removing RAM is a non-option.

    This page here lets you estimate how much your power draw will be. Plug that into a calculator and you can figure out how much it will cost you per year to run it. I calculated it at max brightness, idle, and its 157w = $50/year at 8hr/day.
    http://everythingapple.blogspot.ca/2009/11/imac-core-i7-power-utilization.html
    http://www.electricity-usage.com/El...Mac&Watts=157&CostPerKWH=0.1127&HoursPerDay=8

    But, compare that with the ACD, which is 98w at full brightness, so it's not a massive difference
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/3946/apple-27inch-led-cinema-display-review/8
     
  3. azentropy macrumors 68000

    azentropy

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2002
    Location:
    Surprise
    #3
    Using an old iMac in a pinch as a monitor (either first or second) is a great feature. However, if looking for a permanent solution IMO it would be better to sell it for whatever you can get for it and then apply that to getting a decent 3rd party 27in monitor. It isn't just the energy usage but the heat that it puts out that would bother me.
     

Share This Page