Film Maker/Network Engineer/hardware repair specialist
that is so right. the prying is not good. the tabs, especially on a ten or more years old device, are brittle and the intake vents don’t leave much for them to be mounted on. I have broken a couple, when I was a Mac mini virgin.
there’s always that one screw/bolt/nut that gives you the gears. cars, macs, anything mechanical always has that one @#!@#@ fastener.
The covers are the Worst….then and Now!!!
That is not always true. Often, perhaps…60/40, ish? My 2007 mac mini 2,1 is running one 1gb stick and one 2gb stick, a 500gb Kingston SSD and a salvaged superdrive from a MBP. I am tempted to try a core 2 quad or Xeon in it. For no particular reason than to see if it runs. anyone tried that one? I also had a 2008 mac pro 3,1 running four 2gb and four 4gb of under spec ram without issues.
In the 25 years i’ve been hanging out in server rooms, the client side of the working guidelines for ram matching has become less strict., but still, I believe, the ability to mix is in the manufacturing process. there’s no way but experience to be able to confirm that different makes, speed or size will function together. Unless of course stated in manufacturers documentation. The quality of the individual components will decide.
It will either work or it wont.
If you don’t have ram laying about, then your 100% right, buy matching pairs. otherwise, try it 'till it fires!
Even knowing about that and doing it many many times, i still to this day, often look at the ‘volumes’ and try to erase. Not until I see no partition map options do i realize I'm not showing the drives. I do the classic open palm to forehead smack and mumble something about killing too many brain cells in the 70's a.d 80's. Lol.
I find that the LCD is not as fragile as we all think. they are very much like any LCD on a tv or monitor. There is no extra glass on the front of a monitor. Not the 23 HP Pro Displays I have anyway. I know this because I punctured one moving my video wall. so I took it apart to know how its put together. I will say, there are several 'lens’ like sheets and a reflective (silver} sheets that are the same size as the panel. and a 1/8”piece of acrylic, all behind the LCD panel. Take care with them and clean as you would your monitor.
My suggestion is to stand the iMac up after the panel is secured back into the body of the iMac and clean while its vertical. took me 3 attempts before I realized that while laying flat the surface is large and collects dust with mind blowing speed.
good duct tape or gaffer tape wrapped around your hands makes an excellent glass removal 'tool'. Even clear packing tape works a charm.
Doing it today, let you know how it goes.
did you get yours done?