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iMac folks: a question about a dead one
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: December 24, 2021 06:56PM
We have a 2009 iMac that I got from a friend a few years ago. It stopped powering on a while back. There is sign of life whatsoever. Is the likeliest culprit the power supply?

Yes, I know it's not worth fixing. It would be a fairly inexpensive repair project to try, though, if the problem really is the power supply.



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Re: iMac folks: a question about a dead one
Posted by: jdc
Date: December 24, 2021 08:18PM
If it wax 2010 or newer — maybe. But 2009 means C2D. So pass.





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Re: iMac folks: a question about a dead one
Posted by: Speedy
Date: December 24, 2021 08:31PM
Leave it plugged in for a week or so and try again.



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Re: iMac folks: a question about a dead one
Posted by: pdq
Date: December 24, 2021 08:50PM
Could try this too:

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Reset SMC of an older iMac, Mac Pro, Mac Mini
On older model desktop Macs without security chips, here is how you reset the System Management Controller:

Shut down your Mac
Disconnect the power cord
Press and hold the Mac’s power button for 5 seconds
Release the button
Reattach the power cables and boot the Mac as usual

I used to have a Mac laptop that wouldn’t boot or do a dang thing unless I reset the SMC.



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Re: iMac folks: a question about a dead one
Posted by: JoeH
Date: December 24, 2021 08:55PM
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jdc
If it wax 2010 or newer — maybe. But 2009 means C2D. So pass.

Not necessarily. My Late 2009 iMac has an i7-860. The Core 2 Duo was just used in the bottom of the line model.

Edit: added that it is a Late 2009 model



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Re: iMac folks: a question about a dead one
Posted by: Forrest
Date: December 24, 2021 10:11PM
Could be useful if you want a machine that runs Snow Leopard
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Re: iMac folks: a question about a dead one
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: December 25, 2021 10:44AM
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ka jowct
We have a 2009 iMac that I got from a friend a few years ago. It stopped powering on a while back. There is sign of life whatsoever. Is the likeliest culprit the power supply?

It may require a new PRAM battery:

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Re: iMac folks: a question about a dead one
Posted by: ka jowct
Date: December 25, 2021 01:31PM
I think I have a BR2032 battery here. Can try that as well as the SMC reset. The iMac has been sitting unplugged for months. I did recently plug it in and try to power it on, but no luck. I have to get into it to remove the drive anyway, so that I can recycle it if it’s really dead. I may as well take a stab at fixing it.

It can run High Sierra, according to Everymac.



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Re: iMac folks: a question about a dead one
Posted by: pdq
Date: December 25, 2021 03:02PM
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pdq
Could try this too:

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Reset SMC of an older iMac, Mac Pro, Mac Mini
On older model desktop Macs without security chips, here is how you reset the System Management Controller:

Shut down your Mac
Disconnect the power cord
Press and hold the Mac’s power button for 5 seconds
Release the button
Reattach the power cables and boot the Mac as usual

I used to have a Mac laptop that wouldn’t boot or do a dang thing unless I reset the SMC.

So, you’ve got 1 and 2 done; I would press the power button while unplugged for at least 5 seconds - maybe 20 - then release, plug back in, cross fingers and try to boot.
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