Chance of getting iMac fixed (faulty logic board) for free?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by iParis, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. iParis macrumors 68040

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    My iMac 5,1 has the ATI X1600 graphics defect, probably needs a new logic board. Green checkered parterns all around the screen and applications crash when I delete the drivers. I know logic boards are an expensive fix, but I've heard of people getting it done for free and that gave me hope and made me make a genius bar appointment for 3:30 tomorrow. Anybody here get theirs replaced for free? Even if they don't and there's no way I can afford it, at least I'll get an estimate.
     
  2. marzer macrumors 65816

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    6 year old model. No way you're getting that free. But a used (like yours or a little newer) iMac on eBay could probably be had for much less than paying for full service to repair yours.
     
  3. TomCat macrumors member

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    I had a MBA 2011 that was 11 days out of warranty, and the SSD died because I did what the "genius" told me to do the day before (reinstall Mt. Lion). Cost me $300.
     
  4. seble macrumors 6502a

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    No, probably not as I had the same graphics card in my MBP, apple told me it was a legacy machine and they didn't have the parts for it, as they stopped making them. If there was a chance they could get me parts, it would cost me upwards $500 to get it fixed!
     
  5. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I bought it for $350 and I have my MacBook. I'm not going to buy another computer that doesn't support Mountain Lion. My MacBook is five years old and they replaced the top casing, but maybe age will be a factor this time. :\
     
  6. G-Mo macrumors 6502

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    Your "SSD" didn't die because of what the Genius told you to do... It died because it had a problem, an OS reinstall or major system update will often flush a failing drive out, but it certainly didn't cause the failure! Lol!!

    (BTW, I don't know how you approached the situation, but Apple almost always honours warranty issues within 14 days of expiry... if your statement above is indicative of how you dealt with the matter, perhaps that explains why you paid!)
     
  7. marzer macrumors 65816

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    If you get a free repair, please post back. I definitely would like to know :)
     
  8. iParis thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Lol, they didn't even offer to repair it for a fee since it's more than five years old.
     
  9. comatory macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry to hear it died.

    Try looking into "baking" the logic board (google iMac reflow logic board). You have nothing to lose anyway.

    $500 is a lot to put into old machine, you could get refurbished base iMac (the newest model) for $1000 I think.

    However, you could get a base Mac mini for $599 and utilize your iMac as a monitor for the mini, it will be much faster than your old Mac. But I am not sure if this would work since the board is gone, others might fill me in.
     
  10. marzer macrumors 65816

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    I don't think a iMac that old was capable of Target Display mode. That's only been around since the mini display port.
     
  11. comatory macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, didn't know that. It wouldn't probably work anyway since the GPU is done.
     

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