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Model A1224 / Mid 2007 and Early 2008 / 2, 2.4, or 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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New Hardrive but my iMac still not working

Hi Guys thank you for your time, and thank you for your help

I’ve been in trouble with my old (early 2008 iMac )

The problem was it was starting correctly but after it, I can’t do anything, like open an app or use the utilities, open a files…. Just the rainbow circle been loading for ages

So I can just turn it off manually

I’ve been trying all the reset PRAM , S , C

and after discuss with you on ifixit, the best solution was to change the hard drive

So now I have a new one , but after the installation with the 2 disc. it keep freezing, on the first parameters when you do the installation, freezing on my personal information after completing them and press continue, the rainbow happen again and keep charging forever…

So I would like to know if I need to add more RAM or anything , or if is better for me to stop putting money on it and give it away

Thank you all for your help ! I really need it !

Update (04/10/2020)

Apple iMac 20-Inch "Core 2 Duo" 2.4 (Early 2008) Specs

Identifiers: Early 2008 - MB323LL/A - iMac8,1 - A1224 - 2210

The Original HD was a Western Digital WD2500AAJS. 250GB TRNDA 655. 1358D

And I replaced it with a Seagate HDD 3.5 SATA II. 250GB

So as I check before my iMac should support it

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Do you still have the grey disks that came with your system. One of them should have diagnostics. Try booting up under it, lets see if you get any errors. Let us know what you get.

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How much RAM do you have? What OS are you trying to install. IMO you should have bought an SSD


Given the age of the system I don't think its wise to over do it.

I love SSD's, this is such an old system its over kill, and besides most SSD's are SATA III (6.0 Gb/s) while this system can only handle a SATA II (3.0 Gb/s) drive.

Sadly, I don't think the drive is the issue here which is why we need to run diagnostics.


@danj Hi Dan

Yes I have the grey disc, but I can't boot up with it , because I did the installation already on the hard rive (Mac OS X El Capitan) and when I start the computer is going straight away on the 30 second clip with all the welcome in different language, and ask me to set up my language and everything... (Hope I'm clear)

Also I still can do a boot on Command S . and everything seems to be ok


@Messer Im not sure about the RAM should be the smallest from the factory they build with , I can't add an SSD as my iMac is to hold to support it..


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Examine the capacitors (cans) on the power supply to see if any are swollen and/or leaking. Power supplies can partially fail. I take it you booted successfully from the optical drive.

UPDATE 4/11/20

The capacitor to look at are the can looking things shown here, click on the image to blow it up:

iMac Intel 20" 2.4/2.66 GHz EMC 2210 Power Supply

Imagem de iMac Intel 20" 2.4/2.66 GHz EMC 2210 Power Supply


iMac Intel 20" 2.4/2.66 GHz EMC 2210 Power Supply


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Hi im not really good at this , I try to goolgle it , but I don't get it

Do you have any description or picture for me to check that ?

Thank you


So as far I see , everything look perfect for me

any other way to find the problem ?

thank you


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