this could well be the most unanswerable/unsolvable/insurmountable dilemma of the day, but then I'm new to this particular forum so am not aware of the potential genius that lurks herein. Here's the situation as best I can describe it - I have the old 24" iMac which has followed me around for a good 7 years I think, I installed Leopard then Snow Leopard and been using boot camp since the very first beta releases to run a Windows Vista 32bit partition. The partitions are more or less equally sized and I use both all the time with some of my design work requiring Windows but Mac OS being my default of course. The machine has been through a lot but served me flawlessly until about 2 years ago....first to go was the display with a solid hairline appearing vertically and permanently across my screen (still there), next was my disc drive which started spitting written discs out or if it accepted them it would see them as blank discs ready to be written. It got worse to where it now doesn't accept any disc, DVD or CD in either OS no matter what I do. I might also mention that some time before that I region locked the drive to region 1 which is unfortunately the rarer region code in South Africa. Then one dark day about a year ago when I booted up into the default startup which was OSX I got the famous spinning globe, I never recovered that despite following several forums' advice step by step but what eventually did happen is the spinning globe became the grey startup screen with a progress bar and it just won't boot up. I can run Windows just fine but can't do any administration from there and because of my screwed drive I can't run the OSX install discs which is apparently what's required to repair the progress bar issue. I have also been noticing really frustrating failures of the usb ports to where mostly peripheral devices fail or don't work at all when plugged in. Joystick for instance will work fine then mid flight suddenly 'uncallibrate' badly or the mouse will suddenly run right out of screen or be unrecognized completely - same for the keyboard, Apple keyboard or standard PC types, makes no difference. I have also started noticing "display driver crashes' all the time in Windows and windows itself has become unstable sometimes rebooting by itself mid project and even a few blue screens recently. I run MS Flight sim on Vista which used to work beautifully on quite high settings, I now have to bring the display settings right down and even then the screen flickers or flashes random shapes and lines all the time. I have uninstalled all games now and only bare minimum programs on windows to get by and am actually ready to wipe the machine completely to try and recover my trusty mac. Is it fixable or is my machine finally fried? Can anyone help with the specific issues mentioned so that perhaps one by one I can at least get my OSX back and try to hammer out some sort of life fro this thing? I have a Macbook Pro 13" too but since I hate Lion and need to purchase a screen I haven't used it much and would really really like to save the iMac. Bear in mind that the concept of simply taking the machine in to a repairer is not that simple here in SA, prices for any Apple repair are extreme since there is a monopoly on the market by one major group, the iMac was dropped very early in it's life with me and I naively took it in for repair which ultimately cost me 1.5 times what a new metal iMac would cost today!! Help please guys, I am a passionate Mac user but losing patience and hope now.