Have I made a VERY expensive mistake?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by PaulMarkZA, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. PaulMarkZA macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2010
    I recently decided to to swop out the optical drive on my 27" iMac and replace it with an SSD following iFixits guide. I managed to do it and was very happy with the results. It all went wrong though when I decided to temporarily reinstall the optical drive as I was having trouble installing Windows from an external drive. Instead of disconnecting the display data cable I left it attached. Unfortunately I was a bit too careless and I lifted the display up too far and heard the sickening sounds of something breaking. I had partly pulled the data display connector away from the logic board breaking the connection. I felt sick to my stomach as I knew this was potentially a VERY expensive mistake.

    Unfortunately I'm in South Africa and the quality of repairs available leaves much to be desired. I've taken it to 3 separate repairmen who repaired the connection between the display and the logic board but so far none have been able to bring the display back to life. All have said that I need to replace the logic board. As its such a new computer the replacement quote is more than I paid for the entire iMac originally!

    However I'm not convinced that a replacement logic board is not necessary. I am currently using the iMac connected up to an external display and it works perfectly. If the logic board was irrepairably damaged surely the output to an external display wouldnt work either? Which makes me think that it must still be the connection between the display and logic board which is damaged. Am I correct in my assumptions or is my only option to replace the logic board?
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    The connector on the logic board is probably broken, and "to make things whole" once again, YES, you probably DO need a new logic board.

    On the _next_ iMac, leave the innards alone.
    Especially in South Africa.
  3. 314631 macrumors 6502a

    May 12, 2009
    iDeaded myself
    What a horror story. Logic board replacements always cost a fortune to the point where it nearly always make more sense to buy a new machine. I feel terrible for you. I would be beyond distraught if i made the same mistake as you having recently made the purchase.
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Such a waste that u need to replace the logic board for just a connector. Can u see the connector damaged on it?
  5. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2010
    New Jersey
    So sorry to hear this. I know that feeling well and it is sickening :(
  6. GidbinN macrumors member


    Dec 25, 2009
    It sounds like your computer just exploded

    I feel sorry
  7. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040


    May 20, 2010
    Boulder, CO
    To fix the connector, you will need a new logic board. THe reason that the external display works is because you did not damage the external video output, you just destroyed the internal display connector.
  8. 300D macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2009
  9. SiMBa37 macrumors regular

    Jul 5, 2010
    New York
    sell your damaged mac on ebay for $200-$400, someone may probably try to buy it and tinker. Save up some more money, get a refurb, and don't let a screwdriver near that thing again.
  10. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    Given that everything else works including external monitor, you probably can get a lot more than $400. Someone could potentially buy it for the HD and the screen itself which they can use to fix a cracked one.

    But yeah, I agree, you should sell and get a refurb or something. Or you can put it under or behind your desk and use it as a regular desktop (if you don't have the money to do much else).

    Next time, if it's not user serviceable and you're not an experienced and certified tech, STAY AWAY. :D
  11. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030


    Jul 21, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Take it apart completely, sell it in parts, if the actually display is working ok itself, you could easily fetch a lot of money for that.

    Hard Drive? Take it and put it in an external enclosure as a backup.

    Casing can also be sold.

    People buy broken logic boards.

    Then go buy a brand new one, getting it repaired would be wasted money.
  12. andre.rocha macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2010
    I dont think people should stay away from opening their computer, reason i like pc's so much is because i can always upgrade the insides.
  13. PaulMarkZA thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2010
    Thanks for the feedback so far and the critisism (which I accept). For the last few months I have been using my iMac with an external monitor which has been a successful (while not ideal) workaround.

    I am considering buying a new Mac and I was wondering there was anyway I would be able to use my damaged iMac as a monitor?
  14. DannyBres macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2007
  15. DannyBres macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2007
    just so i know.... are all the connectors (internal and external) processor gpu on the logic board?
  16. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
  17. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    ooooooooh :( really feel sorry for you

    and for using the "broken iMac as a monitor "
    tricky but not impossible, the only thing you would need to do(what i would do)
    is sell every internal bit thats is functioning ( lcd panel , psu, cpu,fans ... , brings all good money and leaves you with a empty shell
    and then just shoehorn a monitor inside (does not need to be a 27 inch display)
    a bit smaller does not matter, if you make a frame out of black thin cardboard and stick it inside the glass nobody will see that it should not be that way , you get a nice monitor and good money for the working internal bits to put towards the new iMac
  18. DannyBres macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2007
    thats a stupid idea to get a nice high resolution bright panel to put inside the case will cost loads and then you have to hack it into the case!
  19. wirelessness macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2010
    Have you tried calling Apple and playing dumb? Maybe you can ship it to Apple for repairs. Unless, they can physically tell the logic board was cracked or something they may replace it under warranty. I would definitely try that before selling/scrapping or buying a new one.
  20. PatriotInvasion macrumors 68000


    Jul 18, 2010
    Boston, MA

    It's not meant to be opened up. Doing so is like performing surgery on yourself...you just shouldn't be messing around in there. If you don't like the iMac the way it is, buy a Dell or risk the consequences.

    Sometimes it's better to leave well enough alone.

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