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If your iMac starts with a screen similar to this:

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don’t worry! There is a solution. Apple admit that they had bad hardware in a certain line of 2011 models. Apple offered to replace the videocard for free. But that offer has expired. I was not even aware it existed.

Never mind, the Apple store says that replacing the videocard will be between 600 and 700 euro.

That’s an expensive solution, so here is a cheaper one:

Bake your video card in the oven

I found this YouTube video about opening the iMac and put the card in the oven.

https://youtu.be/9vPM41ZmLoshttps://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41wB-fA7TbL._SY355_.jpg

Here are the ingredients for the recipe:

  • Torx T10 (almost all screws are t10)
  • Torx T9 (2 screws holding the video card to the cooling system)
  • Cooling paste
  • regular Phillips screwdriver
  • 2 suction cups
  • a bit of aluminum foil (to make 4 aluminum balls to stabilize the card in the oven on the plate)
  • conventional oven (with bottom and top radiation and a plate)

I also used some alcohol, tissues and q-tips/ cotton bud to remove the old cooling paste

Start by removing the ram modules from the bottom of the iMac.

Follow the steps in the video to remove the glass with the suction cups and remove 4 screws on each side of the panel to tilt the panel and disconnect all 4 connectors. Remove the panel and disassemble the main board/ logic board. The required screws cannot be found in the video. But you can find then in this video:

https://youtu.be/6B4iCYSWlWM?t=4m55s

The link starts the video at 4 minutes and 55 seconds. Which explains the screws you need to remove for the main board. afterwards you need to remove all connectors on the front. Tilt the board and remove the connectors on the back.

Follow that video to the end and then continue with the previous one to remove the cooling from the videocard.

clean the videocard and put it on 4 aluminum balls on a plate and put it in a pre-heated oven for 8 minutes on 200 degrees Celsius.

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put new thermal/cooling paste on the chips and re-assemble everything. Do not forget the ram modules.

Here are some pictures from my baking experience:

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Good luck!

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I thought that USB to Ethernet adapters where a universal thing and I was wrong. It took me a 517MB download to get to a 503kb .exe containing the drivers.

I downloaded the Boot Camp Support Software 5.1.5769 from https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1837?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

If you extract the zip and go to the folder “BootCamp\Drivers\Asix” you will find the AsixSetup64.exe which is just 503kb.

 

Alternative: download the 503kb file from mega.

 

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If it succeeds, it will show something similar to the picture below in the device manager

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Good luck!

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Yesterday 9 September 2015 a three year old comic became reality:

Jun 19, 2012 source http://hijinksensue.com/comic/surface-tension/ 

Hey, did you hear Microsoft made an iPad? Yeah, you can Google stuff on it with Bing.

Apple released the Ipad Pro. It is a larger screen similar to the surface dimensions and a keyboard in the cover like the surface and has pen input like the surface.

26 oktober 2012 Microsoft released the Surface RT. A tablet with pen input, keyboard cover etc. The OS is not the full Windows version (just like the iPad pro now)

The pro edition of the surface did have a full version.

This is not the first time that apple claims to have a new product. Back in 2000 Bill Gates had a Lenovo tablet with monochrome screen:

Bill Gates tablet 2000

two years later he had a Fujitsu tablet with a color screen and Windows XP (2002)

Bill Gates tablet 2002

Besides tablets, there were mobile devices. PDA’s running Windows Mobile The predecessor of Windows Phone as we know it today.

Pocket pc started around 2000 and became Windows Mobile in 2002. I have had devices with applications to send mail and browse the web. run games etc. before the launch of the first generation of iPhones.

Steve Jobs said back in 2007 when they released the very first iPhone:

“Who wants a stylus? You have to get em', put em' away. You lose them. Yuck.”

“Who wants a stylus?”

But back on topic: the iPad pro is less than I expected. I expected it to run full mac OS X el captain. But the OS is not optimized for touch input. So it seems that Apple will run iOs and OS X side by side for a few more years. Microsoft made the step when moved from Windows Phone 7 to 8 to run everything on the same kernel. It is a hard step. A lot of people fell over it. But it was necessary and really inevitable. But today all (or almost all) Windows Phone 8.x devices will have the Windows 10 update and will run the same apps on their phone as on their laptop/desktop as on their Xbox. This whole concept will be copied by Apple in a year or two maybe three and will be sold like they invented it.

Please do not get me wrong, I like Apple and like their design, usability and the way that the hardware is sold together with the software. The way they update their mobile devices. I like that more then Androids by the way. But the thing that I dislike is that their marketing is so good that less tech aware people believe that Apple invented the wheel and those people share their view with even more tech aware people who assume they are right. But when the Apple fans encounter someone with more technical knowledge they often avoid a discussion.

Let me know your point of view in the comments below.

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