iMac Intel 21.5" (EMC 2544, 2638, and 2805) Adhesive Strips

$19.95

Product code: IF173-005

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iMac Intel 21.5" (EMC 2544, 2638, and 2805) Adhesive Strips

$19.95

Product code: IF173-005

Product Overview

Adhesive Strips for Every Repair

  • A complete set of replacement adhesive strips specifically cut to fit 21.5" iMacs from Late 2012 through Mid 2014.
  • The individual adhesive strips are labeled to indicate their correct location as shown in the replacement guides.
  • Kit includes one iMac Opening Tool.

The unique design of the 21.5" iMac requires the replacement of the adhesive strips whenever the display assembly is removed. Fortunately, these adhesive strips are actually a foam tape, easily cut with an iMac Opening Tool. Unfortunately, the display has to be removed every time anything needs to be replaced or upgraded inside the machine.

Compatibility

Identify your Mac

  • iMac Intel 21.5" (EMC 2544 Late 2012)
  • iMac Intel 21.5" (EMC 2638 Late 2013)
  • iMac Intel 21.5" (EMC 2805 Mid 2014)

Product Details

$19.95 Kit

 

Condition:

New

$14.95 Strips Only

 

Condition:

New

Notes:

This option does not include the iMac Opening Tool.

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Replacement Guides

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2544

Difficulty: Moderate

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2638

Difficulty: Moderate

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2805

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Compatibility

iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2544
2.7 GHz (Core i5, Late 2012)
2.9 GHz (Core i5, Late 2012)
3.1 GHz (Core i7, Late 2012)
iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2638
2.7 GHz (Core i5, Late 2013)
2.9 GHz (Core i5, Late 2013)
3.1 GHz (Core i7, Late 2013)
iMac Intel 21.5" EMC 2805
1.4 GHz (Core i5, Mid 2014)
 

Stories

My Problem

Hard Drive was going bad and I thought I would replace the Ram and upgrade at same time

My Fix

Repair went well thanks to Fix it and the Guides

My Advice

I didn't take the motherboard out but replaced the Ram in place

My Problem

I wanted to install an SSD in my iMac.

My Fix

I printed off the step-by-step guides, took my time, and it went beautifully!

My Advice

When you need to disconnect the 2 cables from the display, having a 2nd person makes all the difference. Have one person hold the screen up while the 2nd person disconnects those 2 cables. It'll help them to have a spudger and a headlamp, to see as clearly as possible.

The old adhesive comes off really easily. It sticks together and generally pulls off in one strip once you get it going.

Just use common sense with the display and don't over-strain it by bending it too much. If it won't release, just keep cutting away at the old adhesive with the cutting tools and cards.

Take your time and this repair will be much, much easier than you think at first.

My Problem

My iMac started to show occasional slow downs several months ago. As these issues become more frequent, I checked the console and indeed the dreaded disk I/O error messages were there!

A format and re-install from backup did help, but only for a limited time, after a week or so the messages were back. So only a new disk would help.

I saw this incident as a good occasion to increase the RAM from 8 to 16 GB. So I ordered the RAM chips (from Kingston) and a 256 GB SSD from Angelbird. These disks are bit more expensive, but they support the TRIM function and you don't need to fumble with an extra temperature sensor (the Angelbird SSDs report the temperature by themselves).

My Fix

The repair went smooth: all I have to say to anyone trying this is to carefully follow the iFixit step-by-step guide. The opening tool is a bit fragile, the wheel got damaged after the operation, but I guess it was designed to be used only once. After all, the adhesive strips can also be used only once!

I replaced the memories without removing the motherboard, only the fan, the power supply (partially) the hard disk fixture and by removing the motherboard screws. You can then rise the motherboard for an inch or so and replace the DIMMs. For those with stronger hands and fingers it could be problematic, so in this case better follow the guide on replacing the RAMs.

The improvement is fantastic! My iMac boots now in less than 12 seconds and login takes about 2 seconds. And all programs start incredibly fast! (Note that I am running MacOS X Server)

My Advice

First an foremost, follow the iFix guide(s) very carefully; I recommend reading at least twice the whole procedure *before* beginning. Check all the photos. During the operation itself, I had the guide open before my eyes on my iPad and followed it step by step.

For those replacing the hard-disk with an SSD: I highly recommend the Angelbird model "SSD wrk for Mac" (http://www.angelbird.com/en/prod/ssd-wrk...), for several dollars more you spare yourself the need to use additional software to enable TRIM or persuade the fans of your Mac that the hard disk temperature is Ok.

My Problem

The original disk was very slow so decided to install SSD.

My Fix

Repair went smoothly, thanx to the iFixit repair guides and repair tools. Opened the iMac in 30 minutes, i was doing it slowly to not make any irreparable mistake. than changed the disk in 10 minutes. And it works like a charm now. Adhesive strips are very easy to replace, they are all labelled and you know where to place them easily.

My Advice

My advice is to be very careful to put the screen in the right position when putting it back on. Make sure to align it it bottom housing very good, i missed a millimetre or two so the screen is not in perfect position as it was when new. When you put the screen back there is no way to open the imac again without damaging the strips. Luckily its very hard to see the mistake, but anyway. Good luck :)

My Problem

I went cheap and did not choose the built in SSD when I purchased the iMac. Bad choice. The computer was really, really slow with the 1TB internal HD.

My Fix

Could not have gone smoother. Removing the old and applying the new adhesive strips was a bit time consuming, but not difficult.

My Advice

Machine is now lightning fast. Used a Samsung EVO 850 SSD. Also using Trim Enabler from cindori.org. This was money well spent and the guides were fantastic.

My Problem

Upgrade from 8G of ram to 16G.

My Fix

Repair went real smooth. It took some care getting the screen off, and some connections were tricky to get off and back on, but other than that everything worked out nicely. Putting the adhesive strips on was easy, if you follow the online instructions carefully.

My Advice

Take your time and if you have other mods, do them while you have the screen off. Also, make sure before putting the adhesive strips on that you test your iMac to make sure the memory installed was properly installed (turn on and make sure your iMac reads the proper ram installed).

My Problem

The drive it came with (1TB 5400 rpm) was painfully slow; took long to start up, slow opening of apps; noticeable delay in opening Finder windows. It felt no faster than the 2009 iMac it replaced. As an interim step, I ran it with the SSD in an external usb3 case, and this was an improvement. But my intent was always to put that SSD inside the iMac.

My Fix

It went well. I was very cautious about cable disconnection, having messed up a Mac mini once before by prying off the receptor from the motherboard. In this case, the pictorial guide makes it look like you just pull on the display power cable to unplug it, but when I started to do that it looked like the wires would separate from the connector. From another guide, I found that you pull from plastic tab, not the wires. The replacement adhesive strips were well-marked and easy to position.

My Advice

Take your time and go through each photo before doing the step. I recommend that you use the OtherWorld Computing video along with the iFixit guide, just to make sure you detach and replace cables correctly - you can see different things in each guide.

My Problem

The original Hitachi hardrive broke only after 2 years of use. I decided to replace the drive with a faster Seagate hybrid drive.

My Fix

Opening the iMac was easy. I used a guitar pick instead of the small pizza cutter, because I was on a tight schedule and the package hasn't arrived yet. Since the hardrive is the easiest part to remove, the replacement was quick. I was pleasantly surprised that Apple didn't use a separate fan control connector so even with the new Seagate hybrid drive my Computer would stay quiet. The placement of the tape strips used to seal the computer back up was also easy, the strips even allow for a second alignment if you failed to place them correctly the first time :P

My Advice

When closing the glass screen, press from the top corners of the glass towards the bottom of the computer(where the desk normally is) while you remove the last strips and close the glass lid. This should help you avoid the sub 1mm gap between the aluminium bottom edge and the bottom of the glass. It's nothing that anyone could notice in normal use, but it's a tiny bit bit different from the original.

My Problem

The 5400 RPM HD that comes in the new tapered iMac 21.5" is too slow.

My Fix

Picture perfect.

My Advice

The adhesive strips come with a "pizza cutter" iMac opening tool so you should not have to order the iMac opening tool separately.

My Problem

The EMC 2805 was available on Black Friday for only $800, but performance on this model was really a step down. Upgrading with a $79 250MB Samsung 840 EVO was my way to compensate.

My Fix

Absolutely smoothly. Step-by-step photos and instructions were really pretty ideal.

My Advice

With Yosemite and Boot Camp, this machine also makes a great Windows All-in-One. Performance index on Win7 x64 is 6.8, with limiting factor being integrated graphics. CPU is 6.9, RAM is 7.4 and SSD is 7.9 out of 7.9. Not bad for less than $900 total cost.