expiering warranty can I run some tool to tell me if I have problems with my mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Hungarianguy, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. Hungarianguy macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2004
    I have a iMac g5 which I bought last christmas so the warranty is running out right now. can I do some diagnostic on the mac and see if there are things wrong with it?

    What are some problems people encountered with this maybe I will check to see if I have them too.

  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I don't get it... do you have any reason to believe your Mac doesn't work, aside from the fact that the warranty will expire soon?

    There is a hardware diagnostic on the install / restore DVD that you can run...it might give you some useful information, although, usually people run it when they think there's actually something wrong. But aside from SMART for the hard disk, there isn't much that tells you "nothing is wrong now, but your computer will break in x hours." :(
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Apple Hardware Test (as Mohan said)
    Tech Tool Pro

    As mentioned, they only test for existing problems, they are not predictive.
  4. Hungarianguy thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 25, 2004
    I guess what I'm asking for is what went wrong with othe peoples imag g5s. do I need a certain revision of motherboard etc....

    I do see some issues but I'm not sure if these are problems or not for example:
    - sometimes when i import cds into itunes the cd drive is very noisy sometimes it's not
    - my isight camera heats up a lot even if its off

  5. NYmacAttack macrumors 6502


    Dec 8, 2005
    Do you have any stability issues or any performance issues. Unless you've had any of these issues in the past there is no way to predict you iMac's future. Sometimes applecare is worth the piece of mind.
  6. iRhyknow macrumors member


    Nov 12, 2005
    I bought my iMac around the same time as you. My logic board failed and had to be replaced, and my reciept reflected about $900 worth of work :eek: . I work at a car dealership so I may be swayed a bit by the idea of a srvice department and service contracts but i would buy applecare without a second thought. Regardless of the quality product or company in general, things happen. It will help your resale value should you decide to sell it later anyway :D.
  7. Apple Hobo macrumors 6502a

    Apple Hobo

    Mar 19, 2004
    A series of tubes

    I've had some really loud CDs in the past. I think it might have something to to do with the CD's artwork/graphics causing an unbalanced rotation. Rather than spend money on a diagnostic software package that wont report any problems unless there's something really wrong with your system, buy AppleCare.
  8. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    That can happen if a disc isn't perfectly balanced.
    Well, it is right in the path of hot air coming from the CPU...

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