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Re: Upgrading older iMac to SSD
« Reply #15 on: May 19, 2020, 08:49:42 PM »
Up and running - after dinner I installed the SSD into the iMac (great instructions from OWC) and it's a nice improvement - super quiet and boots up fast. I was hoping it might solve my "can't turn the screen brightness past 3 or the whole screen turns black and won't come back unless I press the power button to put it to sleep, then jiggle the mouse to bring it back up and real quick turn the brightness back to 3" issue but that would just have been a fringe benefit.

Now to find the Java SE 6 Runtime - for some reason my old CS apps won't run because it say it can't find it, which is strange because I brought everything from the old system but I think I have something at work that I can dig up to remedy that.
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Re: Upgrading older iMac to SSD
« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2020, 12:13:10 AM »
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Re: Upgrading older iMac to SSD
« Reply #17 on: May 20, 2020, 07:20:37 AM »
Joe, you magnificent bastard! Whatever I tried and downloaded yesterday wouldn't install but yours magically did. Thanks!
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Re: Upgrading older iMac to SSD
« Reply #18 on: May 20, 2020, 08:34:31 AM »
 :rotf: Greatest compliment I've ever received! Thank you. :rotf:
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Re: Upgrading older iMac to SSD
« Reply #20 on: May 20, 2020, 03:06:22 PM »
I *just* did this on Windows 10 to a regular HD and not SSD and AOEMI partition assistant software was totally worth the $40 for OS migration.  https://www.diskpart.com/download-home.html
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Re: Upgrading older iMac to SSD
« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2020, 09:21:00 AM »
Here ya go: [Link Removed]

Just Unzip and you will have the file that you install directly from within OS X. If you need a bootable disk like a USB stick you need to create it with something like Install Disk Creator or DiskMaker X.
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Re: Upgrading older iMac to SSD
« Reply #22 on: May 28, 2020, 09:42:52 AM »
High Sierra is still available in the App Store. High Sierra Installer
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Re: Upgrading older iMac to SSD
« Reply #23 on: May 28, 2020, 09:43:55 AM »
Up and running - after dinner I installed the SSD into the iMac (great instructions from OWC) and it's a nice improvement - super quiet and boots up fast. I was hoping it might solve my "can't turn the screen brightness past 3 or the whole screen turns black and won't come back unless I press the power button to put it to sleep, then jiggle the mouse to bring it back up and real quick turn the brightness back to 3" issue but that would just have been a fringe benefit.

Now to find the Java SE 6 Runtime - for some reason my old CS apps won't run because it say it can't find it, which is strange because I brought everything from the old system but I think I have something at work that I can dig up to remedy that.

2009-2010 iMac? I have one with this same problem. At first it seemed to happen only when it got hot. Then it was every 10 seconds. And it didn't matter what the brightness was. It was useless to me.
In my case, it's a communication problem with the graphics card not signaling the led to turn on. The graphics card for that last I checked was almost $900 after shipping. I would just get a brand new iMac before I spent that to fix it so I never did anything with it. There is a way to bypass the graphics card using a diagnostic LED but I never tried it.
Fast forward 2-3 years, I'm picking up some freelance so I bought an adapter so I can mirror onto a different monitor. I set it up last night and the iMac is working fine.  :wtf:
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Re: Upgrading older iMac to SSD
« Reply #24 on: May 28, 2020, 09:55:53 AM »
Off topic....we have an identical Mac here at work and one morning I got weird vertical stripes and it faded to nothing. Restarted, then it was worse. I read up on it and the graphics card separates after many years sitting vertical and the fix I was reading was to bake it in the oven to rebridge the solder and apply new thermal paste. I asked our IT guy if we can try it in the toaster oven. He said "WE ARE NOT BAKING COMPUTER PARTS!" Said he was going to figure out another way. He came back the next day, took it home and baked it in his oven.  :rotf: Fucking worked. It's been about 6 months and still ok.
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Re: Upgrading older iMac to SSD
« Reply #25 on: May 28, 2020, 09:58:33 AM »
throw some chocolate chips on there and then you have an awesome snack!

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Re: Upgrading older iMac to SSD
« Reply #26 on: May 28, 2020, 10:03:52 AM »
You got me thinking, Skryber. Seems like every time I ever research this issue I never find a definitive answer as to what the real problem is, and like you I don't want to throw gobs of money at a 10 year old computer. I also don't want to by a new one either, because this one is otherwise perfectly fine.

I think I might try replacing the LED driver board - looks like an inexpensive thing to try and if it doesn't help I'm only out 20 or 30 bucks.
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Re: Upgrading older iMac to SSD
« Reply #27 on: May 28, 2020, 10:13:49 AM »
This one is a 2008 but it's where I saw the option to bypasss the graphics card.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMihRCvTs9U

I'll let you know what happens with mine after I start using it. I'm sure the problem will be back.
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Re: Upgrading older iMac to SSD
« Reply #28 on: May 28, 2020, 10:21:55 AM »
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adapter so I can mirror onto a different monitor.

We have done that several times to extend an iMac life at work. Works great.

You can get around graphic hardware problems also by accessing the bad iMac with screen sharing from another iMac. Of course this is useless if two different people need to be using these two iMacs at the same time.

I have replaced the display adapter on an older iMac before. A lot of them though are soldered to the logic board but there were a few older ones that had a separate display adapter that could be replaced. I think the one I did was around a 2008 iMac and the new video card was under $100 so it was worth that to fix it at the time. Not sure I would fix one that old now though.
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Re: Upgrading older iMac to SSD
« Reply #29 on: May 28, 2020, 01:11:51 PM »
High Sierra is still available in the App Store. High Sierra Installer
The Mac I wanted to upgrade showed it already downloaded but damaged. I downloaded it on a different Mac and will try moving the installer to the Mac I actually want to upgrade.