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Modelli A1419 / Fine 2012 / Processori 2.9 & 3.2 GHz Core i5 o 3.4 GHz Core i7, ID iMac13,2

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LED #1 blinks when connected. iMac not turning on

Hi. I have a late 2012 iMac 27 inch. This morning I tried to turn it on and nothing happened. I removed the screen to see what's going on. On the logic board, I can see that 1 LED is blinking. When I press the power button the LED resets the blinking but it never stops. I've been looking everywhere to determine what this blinking LED mean. PD. It is the only LED on, the other 3 of them are off. Thanks

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Did you ever figure this one out? I have similar issue. Thanks!


I have similar issue. =(


There is somebody who could fix this up?? Any help on this issue? Please. New power supply is not the problem.


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Well it's a bad power supply. But not really that bad. It can probably be fixed with just a little work over with a soldering iron. It's late and I'm going to bed but Google "cold solders" and how to fix them.

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Thank you so much! I'll be trying to find some information about cold solders. Hope to find something. Can this be tested with a electronic tester? Thanks again!


I just installed a new power supply! And guess what? The blinking Led 1 Still there... So the blinking led means something else that we could not find clear information


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Maybe it's the processor, but I could not test it because it was old ...

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If there’s an LED coming on, then the power supply works - at least, well enough to power the LED.

An LED coming on (and maybe blinking) is a code for a variety of RAM/BootROM errors. Apple used to have a support note on this, but I don’t seem to be able to find it now. However, the University of Oregon has a reference:

UofO’s list of blink error codes matches my memory, and is as follows:

  • Black screen, power LED on (solid): POST or BootROM failure
  • Flashing power LED once per second: bad RAM or no RAM
  • Three flashes, a pause, and three more flashes (occurs continuously): marginal RAM

If the LED is blinking, I’d try replacing the RAM. If you have no compatible replacement RAM, at least remove the RAM you have, clean off the contacts on the RAM sticks with a pink rubber eraser so they’re shiny, scrub out the RAM sockets with a soft dry toothbrush to get any gunk out of them, and try booting with the cleaned/reinstalled sticks.

It’s possible that one stick may have gone bad, while the others are still OK. Although installing in pairs is preferred for this generation, you can try each stick individually to isolate any stick that may have failed, and replace only the filed ones.

In the event that any of the followup commenters have a solid LED, the only way to repair the Boot ROM is to reinstall the operating system. You may need to reformat the internal drive as well, if the drive blocks where the old Boot ROM are physically damaged.

Your best bet is to boot from an external drive (hard drive or flash drive) with Disk Utility and an appropriate OS installer. Use Disk Utility to repair the internal drive first, then see if you can restart. If not, then try to reinstall the current OS. That will replace your damaged system software without altering your user account.

If that doesn’t work, then the safest thing is to boot from an external boot drive, clone your internal drive to a second external drive (using Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper!), then erase (or reformat) the internal drive using Disk Utility, reinstall the operating system, and restore your applications/user accounts from your clone or from your last trustworthy Time Machine backup.

If you have a reliable and reasonably speedy broadband connection, it’s possible to boot your computer from an online Recovery Disk using keyboard shortcuts, and do repairs/OS reinstalls even if you don’t have an external boot drive. Different OSes can be reinstalled by different methods, depending on what OSes you’ve used before.

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