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Weird issue with starting up

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I’m having an issue with this hand-me-down iMac I got a while ago. It will only start up if the screen is disconnected from the logic board and if I hold the power button down while it is starting up.


iMac starting up when screen is disconnected:




iMac starting up when the screen is connected





This completely baffles me. I have still yet to try connecting the iMac to an external display, but here is what I have tried:

  • Reseating the RAM (the RAM is known-good)
  • Replacing the PRAM battery

Does anyone have any ideas of what could be going on here? I’m leaning towards either a logic board or a display issue.


Update (01/31/2019)

Alright so I played in the guts of this iMac and snooped around looking for swollen or leaking caps. I found none that appeared to be too swollen but there were definitely some caps that were a teensy bit bigger then the rest. Have we found the root of the problem?

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Examine the capacitors on the logic board (cans). Look for leaking and/or swollen ones.

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Quick question, not trying to shoot you down here but wouldn't the capacitors be on the power supply instead of the logic board?

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What are the diagnostic LEDs on the center of the logic board telling you? The reason I want you to look at the capacitors is that it is a very well known issue and i have seen a lot of these. Yes the power supplies do fail a lot on these but your symptoms indicate the caps.

da

Alright, thanks for the clarification. I’ll take a look at the caps on the L-board and the PSU once I get home. Are the diagnostic LEDs in the videos not the ones we are looking for?

da

@mayer updated answer

da

Your picture shows a failed or failing capacitor.

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