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5 December, 2010

I opened the iMac

To Don's surprise, I disassembled my 4+ years old iMac (Intel Core 2 Duo 2.33GHz, 24-inch, white) today.

Why? Like many 24-inch white iMac owners, the iMac has suffered some sort of graphic issues (mostly due to heat issue many people believed). That was one of the main reason I decided to get the lower-end Mac Pro (the lowest option of 12-Core at least). To my expectation, many internal parts of the iMac is extremely dusty. Well, I can't do much about that since this part of Sydney is very dusty, unlike beautiful Boston or picturesque Quincy.

So here's the photo:
Intel iMac (white, 24-inch) opened

The photo was taken after I have vacuumed the dust, mostly among the vents and I also used and air-duster to remove the dusts in the cooling fan. I can't believe the amount of dust!

I need to thank iFixit for providing easy to read step by step guides to make the cleaning possible.

BTW, did I tell you that I haven't put back the iMac? Well, I will put it back when I have time.

Unlike the gadgety Don, I still do not own any soldering equipment and only recently acquired a digital multimeter. (to Don: Antony is poor.)

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related blog entry:
24-inch iMac with 2.33 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processors (3 November, 2006)

Posted by Antony on 5 December 2010 6:50 PM | Mac hardware, all things Mac
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So you bought a completely new computer when your old one could be fixed simply by blowing the dust out? Wow.
Well, I couldn't tell you how many times I've had my laptop open.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 6 December 2010 9:59 AM.
As a matter of fact, the cleaning did NOT fix the problem completely, there are still some issues.
Therefore, getting a new computer is warranted.
Posted by Antony on 6 December 2010 10:04 AM.
Hi Ant & Don,
This problem would have been covered by warranty had Antony called Apple up to ask for an exception, if it is a known issue.
Cheers,
Sam.
Posted by Sam on 6 December 2010 1:16 PM.
Thank you Sam once again for your lecturing as well as unjust accusation. I of course called Apple. The case was well known to many iMac user, not well acknowledged by Apple.
Unlike you, I could not keep returning the products for the replacements all the time, I needed the devices for work.
Posted by Antony on 6 December 2010 1:33 PM.
You have plenty of other Macs that you could've used while the iMac was gone.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 9 December 2010 1:33 AM.
Actually no. All other Macs are not powerful enough.
Posted by Antony on 9 December 2010 12:50 PM.
Not powerful enough? Are you joking? You have an MBP and a Powerbook that are both more than powerful enough for day-to-day activity.
If you want to talk about power, I used a 386 when I sent my laptop in for (FREE) repair back in 2007. In fact, I'm now using an 11-year-old Pentium 3 laptop while I'm out, since I can't read my screen anymore.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 10 December 2010 1:19 AM.
What????? You carry your Pentium 3 laptop to lectures everyday now?
You can't read your screen? Told you to upgrade it!
Posted by Antony on 10 December 2010 2:45 AM.
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