How Much is Repair Service Generally?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by neoelectronaut, Jan 26, 2007.

  1. neoelectronaut macrumors 68020

    neoelectronaut

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    Of course, on cue, a little over a month after my Applecare Service runs out, my eMac purchased in late 2003 starts showing issues. The issue is DVD playback. All the movies I've tried to play in the computer either: A) Don't mount, and eject shortly after I insert them or B) Will Mount, but the drive begins to start making noise, a clicking sound, almost like the arm of the drive is trying to read the DVD but fails to. Doing this prevents me from ejecting the DVD as well. (Edit: And now it just made a sound I can liken best to a Cat meowing...sounded like the drive motor speeding up and then slowing down very quickly.)

    As you can probably figure, this isn't making me a happy camper. Now I'll have to pay $100+ for labor and another $100+ for a part for something that two months ago would have been taken care of no problem. :(

    Edit 2: I guess my other question is whether or not anyone has had luck with Apple offering services outside of the Applecare period. I purchased Applecare but I haven't used it once during the life of the computer.

    Edit 3: Worst case scenario, and I have to replace the drive on this thing myself, where can I get internal DVD drives that are Mac-Compatible?
     
  2. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    is that a superdrive pioneer dvr-106d or something?
     
  3. neoelectronaut thread starter macrumors 68020

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  5. neoelectronaut thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Found the "Apple Genuine" drive on OWC's site, now to see if I can find a useful install guide.
     
  6. neoelectronaut thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Any idea where I can find a take-apart and install guide that doesn't involve me ruining my Mac? lol
     
  7. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Do ifixit have them?


    EDIT: it appears not...
     
  8. neoelectronaut thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Woot. Thanks. Just ordered the drive. $35 after shipping. Not a bad deal in hindsight. So, according this manual, it seems to be a very straightforward procedure which involves just the removal of a few screws, no major reconstructive surgery. I'm feeling a bit better about this already.
     

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