Go ahead and laugh and then help...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nospleen, Dec 26, 2014.

  1. nospleen macrumors 68000

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    Hey everyone!

    Here is the part that you all will think is funny. I laugh only so I don't cry... My son decided it would be a good idea to put the Lightning end of my iPhone cable in an electrical outlet. The good news is he is alive and the house didn't burn down. Now the bad... The other end was in my 21" iMac.

    The iMac sounds like it turns on, but I do not get the usual mac "dong" noise and the screen does not come on. I'm assuming it is a lost cause, but wanted to get everyone's thought here. It is a 2009 core 2 duo, 512GB HD, 12GB ram. It is old, but worked great for our needs.
     

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  2. annk Administrator

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    Oh, man. :(

    I can't help, but I'm really glad he's alive and the house is standing!
     
  3. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Go ahead and queue the, "You're plugging it in wrong" jokes. Lol
     
  4. Apple fanboy macrumors P6

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    Glad your son is okay. Any chance your house insurance would cover the loss?
     
  5. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I will have to check, hopefully they won't charge the normal 1% deductible.
     
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  7. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    11...Old enough to know better.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    Yikes, well I'm sure he knows better now. I'm glad he wasn't hurt regardless of the age.

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    As for the computer, I think the logic board got fried :(
     
  9. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Agree... Any clue what that may cost?
     
  10. Silvrbill macrumors member

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    That's some real bad luck there.
    He had a 50/50 chance of plugging it into the neutral........
    Sorry to say he picked the side that would do you the most harm.
     
  11. richwoodrocket macrumors 68020

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    Let him figure out the problem. He should know better.
     
  12. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    If it weren't for bad luck? Anyone think it's worth taking to Apple to repair? Or just bite the bullet and get a new one?
     
  13. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Looks like it's time for a new Mac. I'll guess either the internal power supply or the motherboard itself got burnt.

    If you weren't backed up, and there is important stuff on the burned-out iMac's internal drive, you could open it up and physically remove the old hard drive. Then, buy a USB3/SATA "docking station", and connect it to the NEW Mac.

    If the old drive is able to spin up and mount on the desktop, you may be able to get your old stuff off of it.

    And... time for a serious talk with that 11-year-old...
     
  14. nospleen thread starter macrumors 68000

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    It was backed up, so we should be good there unless it fried the external HD too. I'll have to hook that up to my wife's computer and check.

    The talk and subsequent punishment are already complete.
     

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