Thread: Voltage/Harddrive iMac 233 MHz
04-22-2004, 07:25 AM #1rockymntnhighGuestVoltage/Harddrive iMac 233 MHz
I got the first imac, with 233 Mhz and the first non-grey one. I bought it 1998 in the states. Moved to Europe two years ago, used a high quality transformer to transform 220 V to 110 V. Worked fine for almost two years. A while ago it the Mac started to make "zapping" noices, very short but frequent, like every 30 minutes or so. Last week the zap was longer (According to my wife) and that was the end of the iMac. At least it does not start anymore...
I assume that the iMac got too much juice so to speak (Even though, the fax that was also attached to the transformer is doing just fine)
So, now I am thinking of buying a used iMac, same model, but with 220 V imput and then switch out the harddrive, because I hope the info is still on it. My question now is, if I can switch out the harddrives without problems or that the current is different "inside a Mac" in Europe and the States for the harddrives.
Hope this makes any sence..
Thanks for your help! :confused:
04-22-2004, 10:51 AM #2dtx3000Guest
i believe somewhere you can buy a little gizmo that plugs to then end of a regular internal hard drive and allows it to be connected to firewire / usb...
so that way you could either get another 233, or upgrade
if i find the link i'll post
04-22-2004, 11:25 AM #3BadgerGuestOriginally Posted by rockymntnhigh
04-22-2004, 03:19 PM #4rockymntnhighGuestOriginally Posted by dtx3000
04-22-2004, 03:21 PM #5rockymntnhighGuestOriginally Posted by Badger
thanks for that website, very very helpfull. Its a true tsrat if I actally know where that sucker is located. Any idea if the 220 V and 110 is "internally" transformed into the same current?
Thanks for your help
04-22-2004, 03:46 PM #6Originally Posted by rockymntnhigh
04-22-2004, 08:16 PM #7BadgerGuestOriginally Posted by rockymntnhigh
04-22-2004, 08:29 PM #8
Yeah, but I bet the slower AC current cycle and increased heat is what caused the Mac to fail
04-24-2004, 06:41 PM #9
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04-24-2004, 09:00 PM #10BadgerGuestOriginally Posted by hype.it
04-24-2004, 09:30 PM #11
Now that rules! How sweet!
04-29-2004, 07:07 AM #12rockymntnhighGuest
So do you guys think that I could get an used imac 233 here and just switch out the "sled", which I assume also hosts the harddrive? Or will that ruin my old "sled" for sure?
04-29-2004, 11:11 AM #13BadgerGuest
[QUOTE=rockymntnhigh]So do you guys think that I could get an used imac 233 here and just switch out the "sled", which I assume also hosts the harddrive? Or will that ruin my old "sled" for sure?
You should be able to switch the sleds with no problems. However, if the dead component is mounted on the sled you'll just swap it into the "new" iMac. Since swapping the sleds is an easy procedure I'd try that first. If there is still a problem then swap the "old" hard drive into the new sled and re-install it in the "new" iMac.
04-29-2004, 11:47 AM #14rockymntnhighGuest
Thanks, iŽll try that!
05-12-2004, 07:52 AM #15MattGuest
This happened in another thread in this forum (except it was a Dual G4). Everyone was posting replys suggesting that some sort of power fuse would have stopped the motherboard from frying and there was a switch on the motherboard to reset it. I would think that there would be a similar safety feature in the iMac???
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