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Model A1224 / Early 2009 / 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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Mac not powering up.

I've been doing phone repairs for a few years, and a friend has an iMac A1224 which won't turn on. So said I'll have a look, I've never done one, so thought it'll be a good one to learn.

So basically, power it up, screen stays black, but it makes the startup noise (or beginning of it) and just loops on this noise?

Any of you pros know what causes this?


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You'll need to pop the display off and look at the built-in diagnostic LED's. This system is a bit different than the newer ones the LED's are located just to the right of the PRAM battery which is in the bottom right corner of the logic board. Here's the IFIXIT guide to get you there: iMac Intel 20" EMC 2266 PRAM Battery Replacement and here's what they mean:

Diagnostic LEDs

The iMac has built-in diagnostic LEDs on the main logic board that can help you to troubleshoot the computer. The LEDs are located to the right of the battery (see photo below).

  • LED #1 Indicates the trickle voltage from the power supply has been detected by the logic board. This LED will remain ON whenever the iMac is connected to a working AC power source. The LED will remain on even when the computer has been shut down or put to sleep. The LED will turn o only if the AC power source is disconnected or the power supply is faulty.
  • LED #2 Indicates the main logic board has detected proper power from the power supply when the computer is turned on. This LED will be ON when the computer is turned on and the power supply is working correctly.
  • LED #3 Note: This LED is not used on systems that have integrated graphics, which includes some configurations of the iMac (20-inch, Early/Mid 2009).
  • LED #4 Indicates the computer and the LCD display panel are communicating. This LED will be ON when the computer is turned on and video signal is being generated. If the LED is ON and there is no image on the LCD display panel, the LCD display panel or inverter might be installed incorrectly or need replacement.

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Awesome. I'll have a look tonight.

Very helpful!!!! Thanks very much.


Once you know whats up let us know. Good Luck!


First 2 are on.

Last 2 are off.

Fan is running,


Is there a LED #3 here? It just may not be present.

If this is the integrated graphics model then the whole logic board needs to be replaced. If its the MXM card version then the GPU card needs to be replaced.


There's 4 LEDs

First two on.

Last two off.

When I power off/on. The 3rd led will quickly flash once (or go to power up but doesn't)


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It could be that internal graphics card has gone bad. Either that, or a cable has become disconnected internally. There are pages on iFixit that can show you how to disassemble the computer and run diagnostic tests to determine if it is the graphics card.

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Duane sarà eternamente grato.
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