iMac 27" condensation / Glass Problem

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  1. chas0001 macrumors 6502a

    chas0001

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    I just received my new iMac and when I booted it today I had a 4 x 4 inch square condensation patch on the screen just below the webcam. It took 20 minutes to disappear. As the sun was shining through the window I also noticed marks on the screen. First of all I thought they were on the glass and so I wiped the screen with the cleaning cloth, but these are marks are under the glass. Worse of all I also have 4 stuck pixels which are down the centre of the screen. Surely this should be replaced. Any advice would be appreciated. I live in Spain and so there are no Apple Stores here.

    This is a picture of the marks on the screen :
     

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  2. sparkie1984 macrumors 68000

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    jesus!! what the hell are apple doing with these machines!!!!!!!

    has anybody opened one up and its all been perfect?!?

    mine had no o/s! yours looks like theyve been using the screen as a sledge along gravel! some are smashed.....

    this really is rediculous.

    send it back mate, you deserve something in better nick for the price of these units.
     
  3. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

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    Yes people HAVE opened up perfect iMacs. Me for instance.

    But yes I agree OP send your machine back.
     
  4. chas0001 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I called Apple and after a bit of confusion they said that they should be able to exchange it. First of all they said that I need to take it into an Apple Store but as we don't have any here thats going to be difficult. I cannot even exchange it at a reseller here as they do not sell the i7 model yet.

    I have to call back monday as the department that deals with replacements is closed. At least I have reported it, thats the main thing.
     
  5. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

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    It's annoying but don't worry. Apple will replace it.
     
  6. chas0001 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I called Apple back today and after waiting 20 minutes in a queue I managed to speak to somebody in after sales. They were very helpful. Unfortunately she said that I will have to wait 3-4 weeks for the replacement.
     
  7. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    FWIW, this has been happening ever since the first iMac -- their design isn't "sealed".

    If they're used in a moist environment, or subjected to a quick temperature change, the back side of the glass can "steam up", just like a pair of glasses would in the same situation.
     
  8. sparkie1984 macrumors 68000

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    thing is though, theres loads cracked, doa in poor condition and some with no os installed (mine included) seems like their not bothered about the QC on this model
     
  9. chas0001 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I give up!

    Apple replaced my iMac as it had condensation, dead pixels and marks on the inside of the glass. I have had the replacement for a week now and acclimatised it for 24 hours before using it. Today when I booted it I noticed marks on the inside of the glass. It looks like small blobs of condensation, about 20 of them on the bottom left of the screen. They distort the image on the screen.

    What is going on......
     

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  10. toed macrumors member

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    Could it be your environment?

    Strange indeed, but could it be your house/town/apt or something? Two iMac's in a row both with condensation?? Kind of hard to believe here.

    Get a big suction cup, pull the glass off and wipe it with a lint-free cloth to see if it removes the condensation. Google for imac clean screen or something... there are videos out there.
     
  11. rigid macrumors regular

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    Are you sure you didn't sneeze on your screen =).
     
  12. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040

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    i protest the
    first iMac was the g3 tray loader and it had a crt screen ..no condensation there
    the second iMac was was the g3 slot loader , and it had a crt screen ..no condensation it was even convection cooled (no fans)
    the third was the iMac g4 , and it had a lcd screen without glas ..no condensation there

    the first imac was a intel imac who had a glass in front of the screen
    which does not matter that much really , but you are right with the new iMacs wich have a glas front but as its only hold on by magnets and not airtight as you pointed out its only a matter of change in temperature between inside and outside to create condensation how easy that is will everybody who wears glasses know

    another big source of condensation will come with the alloy back as alloy is very good in creating condensation ,just remember the first windows double glazing with alloy frame you got always a puddle after a temperature change under them , thats why they changed to plastic frames
    ok you wont get puddles under the new imacs at room temp but it could well be puddles created in the shipping process , with changing temperatures on flights and on ships
     
  13. chas0001 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    no. The marks are definitely on the inside of the glass.
     
  14. chas0001 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    On the first iMac the condensation was very different. It was more of a smear or smudge and cleared after 20 minutes. This time its the size of little pin pricks and in different places on the screen. When the computer is off you can see the marks on the inside of the glass.

    I know that the glass comes off but I am really worried about damaging it and then not being covered by AppleCare. I also don't have any Apple Stores here cos I am in Spain. I will give it a couple of days to see if it clears by itself, if it doesn't I will call Apple. Perhaps I can take it to an Apple reseller service center here and they can take the glass off to clean it.
     

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