identify iMac infinite reboot cause, psu, gpu, logic board?
Dear iMac lovers,
my 2nd hand imac keeps reboot to a un-usable degree since the start of June. i had bought it in June 2021 from an Indian couple.
During Feb-Apr, i turned on Quick Time, screenrecording for -100 hours over 12 weeks. the machine alum case was hot. suspecting, the last straw on a camel.
i connect my imac to external screen. surprsingly, the imac runs smoothly.
my question is:
- is 4-hour QuickTime and hot alum case causing death on this old imac (27', 2011 mid, AMD radeon HD 6970m)?
- i bought a SSD to replace HDD, auto reboot still happens. My next target is: PSU? or GPU? (i will not buy any new/used logic board from any party because too too expensive. US $200-700. )
- how to distinguish failure due to PSU or due to GPU? the Samsung external display via mini display port cable runs smoothly. i guess PSU is at fault. because LED monitor consumes 40-50watt. my samsung external mon is powered itself, without relying power from imac PSU. is my line of thought logical, accurate and relevant?
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Thanks for Dan's insight .
I had suspected the PSU too. Before delivering to technician for repair, i did check the parts on psu.
It looked normal on appearance .
But i have no relevant tool or schematic to check GPU performance , i eventually stopped my urge to buy new PSU. And just let a professional technician to discover what is happening .
I did buy a new wired keyboard when my imac started frequent breakdown. Before, i used a Bluetooth keyboard ,which is out of battery very soon in a few weeks time.
Maybe this wired keyboard is my last straw on a heavy camel. It puts extra, though however minute, irreversible an old powerhouse...
Will keep you, Dan and oldturkey3 posted of latest observations and discovery of my old machine repair status...