Resolved Apple refused to fix iMac with faulty graphic card

Discussion in 'iMac' started by hulk2012, Aug 5, 2016.

  1. hulk2012 macrumors 6502

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    I'm well pissed off. Just got back from Apple Store in the UK after waiting 25mins passed the Genius Bar appointment time to be seen..

    The story is I got in 2012 maxed out 27" iMac with apparently faulty graphic card which apple admitted on their website. They run a 4 year program fixing it free of charge.
    I been told that I'm apparently 4 months out of the program therefore have to pay £395+VAT for repair.

    Been told I can chase the dealer I got the iMac from as they obliged to fix it under 6 year consumer law protection. Apparently company went bust..

    Apple manager told me that simply because I got iMac not from them but a dealer - I entered a contract with a dealer therefore I'm out of any option apart from paying for a repair..

    I cannot afford the repair at the moment due to other heavy financial commitments and don't really know what to do..

    I'm gutted I will appreciate any advice or help..
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    My advice would be to save your money and get it fixed when you can
    Seems like the only thing you can do
     
  3. EnderBeta macrumors 6502

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    6 years is a really long time to demand a piece of equipment works. You will probably have to prove your machine isn't super dusty or negligence on your part wasn't a contributing factor to the failure of the machine. That said I'm very sorry, these machines are not easily replaced because of the asking price of new machines.

    The 2012 is the first year of the sealed design. I'm also 99.99% sure the GPU is soldered onto the logic board.

    You can buy the tools to take the LCD off and buy a replacement logic board. The board will cost you about $400 give or take.

    If you are not confident in making this repair yourself you can have a repair shop do the work for you.
     
  4. dogslobber macrumors 68020

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    Time to get a solicitor consultation. Fortunately, UK law is on the side of the consumer. Failing that, visit a CAB near you.
     
  5. tjgonzo macrumors member

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    I believe you are talking about the 2011 iMac with the AMD 6970m? Which was sold up to October 2012 I believe.
     
  6. hulk2012 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah that's the one..
     
  7. EnderBeta macrumors 6502

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  8. hulk2012 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  9. EnderBeta macrumors 6502

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    The parts are not being manufactured anymore. You might even be able to use different MXM cards in the slot as long as they have the same thermal and power constraints. It's worth researching. :D

    I really wish my late 2015 iMac was built the same way yours was with a socketed CPU and MXM graphics card along with replaceable memory.
     
  10. apfelmann macrumors 6502

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    I would call Apple Care Hotline. maybe they are allowed to make an exception and get you the free repair ...
     
  11. hulk2012 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I guess you right. Will call them up and see what they'll say.
     
  12. hulk2012 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What makes you say you wish?
     
  13. EnderBeta macrumors 6502

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    The new iMacs are not built like yours. The LCD is glued on to make it very difficult to get to the part in side. The CPU is still socketed but you void the warranty opening it so if you break the LCD getting to it you have to buy a new one. The GPU is soldered on and no longer a MXM board.

    In addition since I bought the 1TB SSD I don't have the cable for the SATA drive. So I would have to buy that cable and have someone that know what they are doing to get to the LCD, install the cable and in order to add a second internal SSD. I'm very much considering this because another internal 1TB worth of space would give me a little more room to work with.
     
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  15. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    As above call AppleCare or drop Tim an email.
     
  16. hulk2012 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Completely agree with you..
     
  17. hulk2012 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Guess that's an option..
     
  18. jeastwood1975 macrumors newbie

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    I had this issue in December 2015, I took my iMac in to a local authorised repair centre and Apple informed them that, in their opinion, I'd had my fair use of the iMac since 2015 and they declined the repair.

    I was however able to get the iMac repaired, free of charge under the warranty, by approaching Apple as a consumer rights issue - they had sold a machine with defective parts amd acknoeldeged this by issueing the recall. Apple immediately agreed with this and the iMac was repaired same day.
     
  19. hulk2012 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Consumer right issue apparently works between you as consumer and a trader. That's what Apple Store manager told me. Because I bought my iMac back in 2012 from an authorized apple dealer but not apple themselves - my contract is between myself and this dealer. Therefore under consumer rights yes I'm eligible for a free repair but only through the place I originally purchased iMac from... Its also apparent that the dealer is no longer in operation..
     
  20. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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    Did you pay by credit card? Because the manufacturing fault has been acknowledged by Apple you would have a strong case to hold your credit card company liable under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act.
     
  21. hulk2012 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It was a while ago 2012 so no I don't have this card anymore. It expired I guess sometime around 2014-2015
     
  22. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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    When you get sent a new card it's still the same account, just a slightly different number.
     

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