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15" iMac G4 800 Logic Board - Need advice

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by iCeQuBe, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. macrumors regular

    I have a 15" iMac G4 that I took into the Apple store for repair. The unit wasn't powering on and I figured that it was the PSU. The Apple tech also said it was the PSU so they quoted me a price of $250 for the replacement parts and labor. I agreed and now they are saying it isn't the PSU but the logic board which will cost $480 parts and labor to fix. If I do nothing and take it back they will charge me $92. I figure the iMac is only worth about $500 so i am not sure if this repair is worth it. What do you guys think? Is there anywhere I can get it done cheaper that is reputable? Should I just get it back and sell it for parts as everything else but the logic board is fine? Should I fix it? I should also say that if I fix it it was intended to replace my daughters iMac G3 500 so it would be for her not me. I guess I could sell the iMac G3 to try and recoup some of the cost but that isn't about to net me much of a gain. I am so frustrated now I wish they would diagnose the problem better at the apple store! Thanks for any help.
  2. macrumors 6502

    I'd do one of the following depending on how handy you are with a screwdriver:

    1) sell it as whole for parts (ebay)
    2) part it out (ebay)
    3) look for parts to fix it yourself (ebay)
  3. macrumors regular

    Thanks for the advice, I took option 3 and got a logicboard on eBay. I t was alot easier to swap out than I thought it would be and the iMac is back up and running smoothly! Thanks.
  4. macrumors Penryn


    It's nice to know you got this resolved. How much was the logic board? Do you think it was worth it instead of saving up for a new machine?
  5. macrumors regular

    It cost me $130 shipped on eBay for the entire lower part of the base including the shell. It was so easy to replace because I got the whole thing and not just the logic board. I think it was worth it rather than get a new machine. If I had to pay the price the apple store wanted then no it would not have been worth it. It was also a good learning experience to open it up and get into the guts of the machine.
  6. macrumors Penryn


    That makes it much clearer now! I thought that you just got the logic board only. With the bottom shell and board $130 is a great price to keep it working.

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