2011 iMac developing display issues

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  1. zerocustom1989, Sep 24, 2014
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    zerocustom1989 macrumors regular

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    Hey All,

    I don't know why i expected not to have display issues with an Apple PC as I've had them with every one I've owned. I'm frustrated that I'm out of my AppleCare window and wondering what I can do about this.

    Below is an image of the issue:
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    Is there anything I can do to repair this issue via software?

    If not, how much will this cost me to get repaired? I would contact Apple to ask about the repair cost, but both phone and chat would cost me $20.00. I tried posting in the Apple Communities, but it was deleted for not being technical enough of a question.


    I really just need to buy a screen-less mac, but then then I just wonder what Issues I would end up having with that.... ugh.
     
  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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  3. zerocustom1989 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ah damn. Unfortunately it's an AMD Radeon HD 6770M. :\
     
  4. bizzwriter macrumors newbie

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    My late 2009 iMac 27" developed the exact same problem. It's a bad video card. Cost me about $400 to replace/repair as I recall.
     
  5. zerocustom1989 thread starter macrumors regular

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    ugh, that's not too bad.... I always worry that cracking an iMac open will just lead to more problems down the road.
     
  6. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    It's no different to any other computer - just wires :p. I've lost track of how many times I've had my iMac in bits and it's fine!

    It'll probably be less than $400 to repair, if you're competent with a screwdriver you can get the card itself for about $200, but it's a pretty challenging repair (unless you have VERY slim/agile fingers you'll need to take the logic board out since the graphics card is attached on the back of the board.
     
  7. zerocustom1989 thread starter macrumors regular

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    How do you avoid dust between the glass and screen?
     
  8. Brian Y macrumors 68040

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    A microfibre cloth, can of compressed air, and patience.
     
  9. zerocustom1989 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Welp, brought it to the store, and 2 days later they gave it back saying "We were unable to duplicate the issue" and they wouldn't replace the GPU anyway upon request. (I did show them pictures) Waste of an hours drive both times.

    Of course the issue reappeared the next day. I guess I'll just wait for it to get worse before taking it somewhere else.
     

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