used screen

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by freemandela, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. freemandela macrumors newbie

    freemandela

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    very bad news, at least for me, my iMac's 20" screen died, black !!

    i like my white ball, like to keep it, works fine, love the flexibility of the screen
    don't have $2000 to change anyway !!
    took it to apple, changed the inverter: nope ! got to change the screen, some $980 !!
    so the question is: does anyone know if (i suppose yes) and where it is possible to find a used screen that works (attached to a dead imac in ex.) ?
    especially for a decent price since it'll be used, change done at home and no warranty i guess ...
    a found a apple repair manual with all explainations, should not be rocket science to do myself.

    any comments, suggestions ?,???

    tks
     
  2. jimthorn macrumors 6502a

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    I recently sold my G4 iMac and I agree with you about the great form factor. I like the G4 iMac design even more than the newer G5/Intel iMac.

    I did always have something in mind for my old G4 iMac if the screen had died (this never happened, so I'll never get to try my experiment). I always wanted to disassemble and cleanly remove the monitor and "arm", fashioning a chrome "cap" to fit over the spot where the arm attached. Thus I would have a "headless" G4 iMac, similar to the Cube. A "G4 Hemisphere", if you will. An external monitor can be connected in the back, mirroring what would have shown on the original monitor.

    Ah, well. I never got to try it. But you could.
     
  3. freemandela thread starter macrumors newbie

    freemandela

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    well i tied an old NEC crt monitor that i stolded from my kids peecee.
    it works for the moment and that's all i'll get since you cannot attach an LCD screen on the mini-vga.
    i can give the complete "take appart" manual with photos if you're interrested.
    you can take the arm and screen off but i wonder if the imac would still work properly without the original screen and detect some kid of error due tio the missing screen.
    anyone an idea about that ?
     
  4. iSaint macrumors 603

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    Uhm, isn't Mandela already free?

    regarding your user name... :cool: :D
     
  5. jimthorn macrumors 6502a

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    :confused: What do you mean, you can't attach an LCD to the mini-VGA? Any LCD with analog input should work fine.
     
  6. freemandela thread starter macrumors newbie

    freemandela

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    well maybe but at the apple store they told me i had to use one of those old monitors (not flat) i found it strange but since it is the only screen i had handy that's what i'lm using right now
    i must say it does not top the 20" lcd from the imac...
    still looking for a used screen/ imac
     
  7. freemandela thread starter macrumors newbie

    freemandela

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    good point; he's even closer to be free for eternity...:eek:
     
  8. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    The Apple Store employee, most likely, told you to use "one of the old monitors" because virtually all new LCD panels have a native resolution well above 1024x768, and the iBook doesn't support anything above that. Of course, you could always use the screen-spanning hack, which will allow you to use higher resolutions on an external display, up to 1600x1200 IIRC.
     
  9. freemandela thread starter macrumors newbie

    freemandela

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    so i get a display like this I.e.

    Acer Monitor (AL1951C)
    • Flat-panel LCD
    • Slim profile
    • 19" display
    • Integrated speakers
    • 1280 x 1024 resolution
    • Analog/digital inputs

    plug it in the vga port and use your magic trick ?
    ok and does this work ?



    by the way, how stupid is it that the apple displays don't have and analog input ?!
     

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