|Mar 9, 2010, 09:29 AM||#1|
Turn BROKEN imac G5 24" into monitor. Can it be done?
**Intel Imac 24 in. 2.4GHZ Core 2 Duo (NOT G5...my bad)
I know the "Using imac as external monitor" topic has been adressed in previous posts and it apparently can't be done. But this is slightly different.
I have this Imac G5 24" that is currently out of order. (won't detect hard drives when powered on 90% of the time and when it does i am experiencing ridiculous lag and random shutdowns...not to mention crazy overheating)
I sent it to tech support and after changing the hard drive, power supply etc.. and still not seeing any improvement i just stopped sinking money in repairs and got a new imac.
So now i just have this useless imac laying around and i figured i might as well try and recycle it into a secondary monitor.. I don't mind hacking it open since i have nothing to lose. I was just wondering if it could be done and if so would it be very complicated? I would rather pay a few hundred dollars in wires and IT than buy a cheap external monitor since its already a decent quality monitor and it matches the new imac
Thanks in advance
Last edited by Emptyel; Mar 9, 2010 at 09:43 AM.
|Mar 9, 2010, 10:16 AM||#2|
I think this tear-down may be relevant. http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iMac-...Teardown/658/1
Before you go tearing it apart though are you sure it can't be fixed? I feel like turning it into a monitor is about as hard or harder than just fixing it even on your own. I would try to replace the harddrives. Also did you call Applecare and ask about the harddrives?
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Last edited by ViViDboarder; Mar 9, 2010 at 10:22 AM.
|Mar 9, 2010, 11:21 AM||#3|
I have replaced the hard drive which didn't solve the problem so i sent it for repairs to an apple certified store. They tried to change a couple of parts like the power supply and other stuff but no luck. I guess they could've end up finding the problem but i had already spent a few hundred $ on repair and they were estimating another 700$ (with no guarantee of success). So i fugured at this point i was better off just getting a new one.
I guess i could try to fix it on my own but i have very little apple hardware knowledge. I will also try contacting applecare.
Thanks for the pointers they are much appreciated
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