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October 10th, 2012

High Tech repairs

I am in Florida this week (my mother's birthday is on Saturday, and my brother has come down to celebrate as well) so of course one of my tasks is to see if I can fix my Dad's 2007-vintage iMac. About a year ago, maybe more, the internal microphone suddenly stopped working. We've been able to do our iChats over mom's computer (an even earlier vintage iMac) or dad's iPad; still, it was irritating to have a machine that didn't work according to spec.

(Dad's a classic "first-adopter" for new tech toys, with the very good excuse of "I'm 92 years old, I don't have time to wait and think about it!" as he actually said when the first iPad came out, several years ago... He's 94 now. With an iPad 3). 

I had tried fixing it the last two times I was down here to visit, to no avail, but I figured one more try... installing the latest system hadn't helped. Nor cleaning up the hard drive. I was searching the internet for other clues (reinstall PRAM?) when I came across an old YouTube on "where is the iMac microphone" and my Spidey-senses started tingling... 

The microphone, it turns out, is on the top of the machine, accessed via some very tiny holes in the aluminum. Right where Dad had taped a label with the password to his Kindle. I moved the tape off the holes, and suddenly the microphone works great.

May all your high tech problems be as easy to fix!

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