iMac on the Fritz

After six and a half years of heavy use, my main computer, a mid-2011 27″ iMac, is on the Fritz.

It is currently unclear if it is the graphics card itself, some related hardware, or just a worn cable. Maybe I am gonna be surprised and it is something completely different. What annoys me most is that it could be related to an call-back from 2014. I did not notice the re-call at the time and it apparently expired in 2014 (that is the reason why it is only available in the WayBack Machine).

I already emailed a local authorised service provider. Once I hear back from them, I will bring it in to get an analysis and a quote. Based on that, I will see what my options are.

Update (Feb 2018)

Thanks to a good friend I was able to disassemble the iMac and extract the graphics card. We put it in the oven and baked it for 20 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius. We cleaned the iMac, replaced the thermal paste and reassembled the iMac again.

And what do you know, it worked again! It works for the last couple of months and I guess as long as I dont use it daily again it will work fine. I make sure that it does not get over 45 C for longer periods of time and hope that in doing that, I can extend it’s life even further.

Nice write-up and comparison. I am a bit dissappointed by Apple. Now everything is on Kay Lake, the ultra-portable MacBook now supports up to 16 GB of RAM. But a 32 GB option for the MacBook Pro’s is nowhere in sight. I still hope it will be a “silent update” in the fall.

Tablet & Netbook Hype Parallels

I definitely see parallels between the Netbook hype and the Tablet hype. It was new, it was exciting, it was the same but something different. It was smaller, and lightweight. But in the end people realised that they do want certain hardware and they do want to be more flexible and do not want to have limited devices but rather a “one for all their needs”. Then technology did what it naturally does best: it progressed. Devices were lighter, smaller and manufacturers were able to put the new technology to good use!

The Netbook was a fad. The Tablet is a fad. The laptop or notebook device class will remain. But it will need to continue to evolve. Asus, Apple, Lenovo and last but not least Microsoft have shown a lot of innovation over the last couple of years and will probably continue to do so. Especially Lenovo’s and Microsoft’s hybrid models show the users that they can have it all, the flexibility of a laptop, the lightness of a Netbook and the touch interface of a Tablet. Why compromise?