Question about replacing screen on intel imac...

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  1. nospleen macrumors 68000

    nospleen

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    Hello,

    I came home from work today to find out that my son, 2 1/2, decided to hack at my iMac screen with a pen. There are about three pen hole marks on the screen, indented and all. He is a strong little guy after all. My question is, is the exposed portion of the screen the actual screen, or a protector? If it is a protector, can it be replaced, and for how much? If it is the screen, how much is a new screen? (20" btw)

    The screen works fine, but I find the pen holes about 20 times more distracting than a dead pixel.

    Ahh the joys of getting a little one just like you!!

    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. Chone macrumors 65816

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    Talk to Apple for a repair, you are looking at around 200-400 (it depends) for the screen, then some more for the repair and finally shipping...
     
  3. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    Talk to an Apple reseller or repair shop, maybe someone will be willing to order you the part then you can try and fix it yourself. You'd have to use a lot of charm though because I don't think you can simply order parts yourself normally.
     
  4. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    So is the exposed part of the screen a part of the screen itself, or simply a protector?
     
  5. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    This is what it looks like...
     

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  6. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    And I have located the perp....

    It is so hard to stay mad at that face.
     

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  7. balamw Moderator

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    Note to self. Remove all writing implements from around the iMac and HDTV.

    I'm glad my boys (3 & 5) haven't tried that stunt. I catch them every so often just about to poke the screen.

    I also cleaned a cat print off of our HDTV the other day. Don't know how or when the cat got up there... (Note to self again: trim the cat's claws).

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  8. Faraday macrumors member

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    The exposed part of the screen is front of the LCD panel itself. There is no protective cover over the LCD.
     
  9. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, the crazy thing is that we have had an imac out since he was born. I guess his little mind is starting to work overtime now. :eek: I am annoyed too, because the imac display had imperfections in the screen when I bought it. I bought it refurb and there are two spots under the screen that I have no idea what they are. I figured that one day I would run it up to the Apple store and they would replace it. But now, they would think I did it....
     
  10. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Crap, I was afraid of that.
     
  11. balamw Moderator

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    In case you want to try it yourself, here's a disassembly guide http://home.comcast.net/~woojo/.

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  12. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Where can I buy the screen, or one that will work?
     
  13. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

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    From the looks of the picture I don't think you NEED to replace it. Unless there is some harm in there being a hole in the LCD? Does the liquid ooze out? :confused: :)


    It looks like your kid might be a PC-enthusiast :eek:
     
  14. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    No need to replace it, except that it will drive me nuts. :p My kid a PC-enthusiast!?!? If he didn't look just like me I would start worrying! :eek: :D
     
  15. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Maybe this is a good excuse to tell the wife we should buy that 23" ACD I have been eyeing! ;)
     
  16. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

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    I just saw the cinema displays for the first time last weekend. I saw the 23" and was amazed. I thought it was the 30". Then I saw the 30" and was AMAZED. Looks so much bigger than 30".

    Then I went over to look at the 17" iMac which is what I was really interested in and it looked small, unfortunately by comparison! Had I not seen the 30" first I'm sure it would have looked plenty big.
     

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