iMac average lifespan for Pinoy Mac users?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Flim, Jan 12, 2016.

  1. Escritor

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    Hello everyone

    I would also like to share that I am still using a 10 year old iMac Mid 2010 (3.06 GHz intel core i3)

    I can't believe that it can still handle my work requirements.

    Microsoft Word/Excel/Powerpoint
    + Zoom Meetings
    + Netflix
    + Music
    + Browsing
    + Email

    believe it or not, since I acquired it 10 years ago, I never had any problem with it not until last year when I had to use it almost 10-12 hours daily due to WFH status.

    Problems are:

    1. Semi Orange Color on the bottom of the screen (on a white background only)
    2. It gets hot during multitasking
    3. Fan gets really loud compared to 2-3 years ago

    I guess it is sign of aging hahaha

    anyway I also need some tips on how I can still save this unit because I don't have any plans on buying a new one (still waiting for the new designs)

    I also plan to upgrade it to an SSD

    any recommendations? reliable and affordable Shops that can probably assist me on my current concerns with the unit?
     
  2. Adarna

    Adarna PhilMUG Addict Member

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    2010 is 11 years ago. ;)

    Your iMac's fan ramps up because of 11 years of dust build up.

    When you upgrade your SSD you may ask the repair man disassmble everything to vacuum clean all its internal components. Doing so will allow lesser fan use for the next decade.

    I'd duplicate the same GB of your old HDD or even bump it up to 2TB SSD.

    Check your iMac's speaker if its not basag. If it is then take this opportunity to replacement it.

    Be aware that your macOS' last Security Update was over 4 months ago.

    You may want to take this as an opportunity to switch to the first iMac with Apple Silicon that will be announced between now and WWDC 2021 in June. A 3 months wait.

    Any 2021 iMac will be superior in every way to any Intel iMac.
     
  3. Escritor

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    Hey Adarna thank you so much for the amazing tips!

    I will definitely consider all of them.

    Thank you for the correction Ma'am but I bought it around January 2011 (y) nevertheless you are correct, it can be counted as an 11 year old machine and it is still capable and reliable (except for the issues that came out just a few months back).

    by the way can you recommend a good shop/repair specialist that still accepts old units like mine?
     
  4. Adarna

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    People on Philmug tend to like Burn and Jhoy Cellphone and Mobile Services ‭+63 917 899 9200‬ at Greenhills.

    I repair my own Macs so long as soldering isnt involved. It saves me money and I learn a new skill.

    Seeming you know the year model and screen size of your iMac you would be able to look at YouTube tutorial videos on how to DIY repair and parts to buy.

    I'd get a 2.5" Crucial MX500D and a 2.5" to 3.5" bracket. As your iMac has a SuperDrive you can get an 2.5" to Optical Drive Bay adapter to add a 2nd SSD. If you are so inclined you can combine both to increase throughput from ~500MB/s to ~1,000MB/s in RAID0
     
  5. Escritor

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    Thank you so much

    I'll check Burn and Jhoy

    Cheers!
     
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  6. Escritor

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    Thanks again for the tips Adarna!

    I was able to upgrade my old unit and it is currently running like a new machine.

    I went for the following:

    from a very slow 1TB HDD to a new 120GB SSD
    from an 8GB RAM to 12GB RAM

    I saw the inside of the machine after the cleaning process and it looks like a 2020-2021 iMac (because it was also the first time that this unit was opened for cleaning/repair/upgrade).

    Fan is now back to normal (there were a lot of dust)

    overheating is also resolved (I think it also has something to do with all the dust that has accumulated for more than 10 years of use) and of course, the reapplication of Thermal Paste.

    Overall, I am a satisfied client.

    I had to manage the expenses for this upgrade because before I brought this unit to the repair shop, I suddenly remember that I am also planning to buy the new iMac soon (it still depends if I will like the new design).

    This is a very memorable unit for me because this is my first MAC Computer. I had a MBP 13" late 2011 but it died on me last 2016 (it only lasted for more than 5 years).

    Surprisingly, this iMac Mid 2010 model outlasted my MBP. According to the repair guy, this machine can still work in the next 5 to 10 years. (I hope he is right because I don't have any plans to sell this due to its sentimental value).

    Thankful for this thread because it boosted my confidence to go for an upgrade.
     

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