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Current version by: Nick, Brendan, yvaneck, Padraic Hoselton, and Patrick Zhang (vote details) ,

Title:

Power Button Broken - Do I need thermal paste to go inside?

Text:

I have to go inside to either fix or replace the power button.

I read a long time ago that if I wanted to upgrade the "internal" RAM I needed to replace the "thermal paste/grease".

Opening the bottom now will break that seal.

How important is the thermal paste and if it's important then what brand does anyone recommend?

=== Update (04/21/2011) ===

I now have the drivers and the thermal paste . . .

Removed both the bottom plate as well as the base . . .

(finally able to clean out 10yrs+ of accumulated dust)

(My power button had been messed up for well over a year . . .

To avoid using the power button I've just put that computer on "sleep" mode over that time . . .

The recent quakes and power outages here made me have to use the button several times . . .

It broke - actually fell inside the computer . . .)

When I opened the base I did find the button, as well as a metal strip that appears to be what the button originally pushed against

=== Update (04/21/2011) ===

I've already removed the drive carriage and cleaned out all the dust short of what I couldn't get to without digging into the fan

=== Update (07/07/2011) ===

Does anyone know where I can get a replacement for the power button?

Device:

iMac G4 17 800 MHz EMC 1936

Status:

open

Accepted Answer:

+49380

Edit by: Kurt ,

Title:

Power Button Broken - Do I need thermal paste to go inside?

Text:

I have to go inside to either fix or replace the power button.
I read a long time ago that if I wanted to upgrade the "internal" RAM I needed to replace the "thermal paste/grease".
Opening the bottom now will break that seal.
How important is the thermal paste and if it's important then what brand does anyone recommend?
=== Update (04/21/2011) ===
I now have the drivers and the thermal paste . . .
Removed both the bottom plate as well as the base . . .
(finally able to clean out 10yrs+ of accumulated dust)
(My power button had been messed up for well over a year . . .
To avoid using the power button I've just put that computer on "sleep" mode over that time . . .
The recent quakes and power outages here made me have to use the button several times . . .
It broke - actually fell inside the computer . . .)
When I opened the base I did find the button, as well as a metal strip that appears to be what the button originally pushed against
=== Update (04/21/2011) ===
I've already removed the drive carriage and cleaned out all the dust short of what I couldn't get to without digging into the fan
+
+=== Update (07/07/2011) ===
+
+Does anyone know where I can get a replacement for the power button?

Device:

iMac G4 17 800 MHz EMC 1936

Status:

open

Edit by: Kurt ,

Title:

Power Button Broken - Do I need thermal paste to go inside?

Text:

I have to go inside to either fix or replace the power button.
I read a long time ago that if I wanted to upgrade the "internal" RAM I needed to replace the "thermal paste/grease".
Opening the bottom now will break that seal.
How important is the thermal paste and if it's important then what brand does anyone recommend?
=== Update (04/21/2011) ===
I now have the drivers and the thermal paste . . .
Removed both the bottom plate as well as the base . . .
(finally able to clean out 10yrs+ of accumulated dust)
(My power button had been messed up for well over a year . . .
To avoid using the power button I've just put that computer on "sleep" mode over that time . . .
The recent quakes and power outages here made me have to use the button several times . . .
It broke - actually fell inside the computer . . .)
When I opened the base I did find the button, as well as a metal strip that appears to be what the button originally pushed against
+
+=== Update (04/21/2011) ===
+
+I've already removed the drive carriage and cleaned out all the dust short of what I couldn't get to without digging into the fan

Device:

iMac G4 17 800 MHz EMC 1936

Status:

open

Edit by: Kurt ,

Title:

Power Button Broken - Do I need thermal paste to go inside?

Text:

I have to go inside to either fix or replace the power button.
I read a long time ago that if I wanted to upgrade the "internal" RAM I needed to replace the "thermal paste/grease".
Opening the bottom now will break that seal.
How important is the thermal paste and if it's important then what brand does anyone recommend?
+
+=== Update (04/21/2011) ===
+
+I now have the drivers and the thermal paste . . .
+
+Removed both the bottom plate as well as the base . . .
+
+(finally able to clean out 10yrs+ of accumulated dust)
+
+(My power button had been messed up for well over a year . . .
+
+To avoid using the power button I've just put that computer on "sleep" mode over that time . . .
+
+The recent quakes and power outages here made me have to use the button several times . . .
+
+It broke - actually fell inside the computer . . .)
+
+When I opened the base I did find the button, as well as a metal strip that appears to be what the button originally pushed against

Device:

iMac G4 17 800 MHz EMC 1936

Status:

open

Edit by: Sam Goldheart ,

Title:

Power Button Broken - Do I need thermal paste to go inside?

Text:

I have to go inside to either fix or replace the power button.

I read a long time ago that if I wanted to upgrade the "internal" RAM I needed to replace the "thermal paste/grease".

Opening the bottom now will break that seal.

How important is the thermal paste and if it's important then what brand does anyone recommend?

Device:

-iMac flatscreen G4 800MHz 60HD
+iMac G4 17 800 MHz EMC 1936

Status:

open

Original post by: Kurt ,

Title:

Power Button Broken - Do I need thermal paste to go inside?

Text:

I have to go inside to either fix or replace the power button.

I read a long time ago that if I wanted to upgrade the "internal" RAM I needed to replace the "thermal paste/grease".

Opening the bottom now will break that seal.

How important is the thermal paste and if it's important then what brand does anyone recommend?

Device:

iMac flatscreen G4 800MHz 60HD

Status:

open