iMac G4 display problems

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  1. sutty100, Nov 22, 2014
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    sutty100 macrumors newbie

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    My imac G4 suddenly decided to have colour issues when I booted it up the other day after not being turned on & unplugged for a week. I've attached a screenshot. Interestingly if I go preferences > displays and change the number of colours to thousands and then back to millions it seems to sort itself out. At least for a while if the screen saver comes on it can sometimes go funny again.

    I'm guessing its almost certainly hardware and I know the imac g4 is a nightmare to take apart so I might have to hunt down a replacement but if anybody has any ideas that would be great. I've tried resetting the PRAM and multiple restarts but no luck :(

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  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    Your GPU is failing. You will have to replace the entire logicboard to repair that problem.
     
  3. sutty100 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thought as much. Can't imagine the logic boards are easy to come by. Might just end up getting another imac g4.
     
  4. bse5150 macrumors 6502

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    Something odd about Intell's post.
     

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  6. gooser macrumors 6502a

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    imac g4's are not hard to come by these days. also not hard on the pocketbook.
    if you have the space it's not a bad idea to keep a spare around.
     
  7. bse5150 macrumors 6502

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    The dates are screwy. The message was posted today, but was last edited yesterday. Strange.
     
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  9. redheeler, Nov 22, 2014
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    It's his signature, not an edit :p

    Oops, sorry for spoiling the surprise Intell ;)
     
  10. PowerMac G4 MDD macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, as one other has said, it's best to just get another iMac G4. (either to use for the part or just to replace your current one with). iMac G4s still have not hit the collector's item mark. For some reason, I don't see many of those non-collectors selling them for remarkable prices, like they do iMac G3s. It's as if they think collectors are going to flock over to their item, when, in-fact, we know better. Anyway, it would be nice to have one of them be a parts machine/display machine. Depending on the revision, you can generally pick one up for around $20-50. Mine was given to me for free by some friends.
     
  11. havokalien macrumors 6502a

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    could bake

    The GPU failing could be it but if you do decide to pull it apart, solder joints do flex and break over time since the removal of lead. Ive had some success with baking old boards in the oven to reflow, When its not capacitors failing.
     
  12. Intell macrumors P6

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    No harm done redheeler. It's just something fun.
     
  13. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    I don't find these especially terrible to work on, either, despite the frequent comments to the contrary.

    The biggest issue is the dangling cables between the top and bottom halves of the "dome", but these are easy enough to disconnect and reconnect. Once you have these loose, everything on the logic board is right there and easy to access.

    I will caution that somewhere in working on mine(I had to replace the dead hard drive) I managed to pinch the airport antenna and had no reception when I got around to installing an airport card. Probably the most involved repair I did was removing the logic board to replace the antenna, and this wasn't even that bad.

    Just be sure you have thermal paste on hand before you turn the first screw, as you bake one of these if you don't repaste(and clean) the interfaces between the top and bottom of the dome before putting it back together.

    I'll also add that mine was a freebie...given to me because of the dead hard drive. I offered to fix and return it, but the owner said that they didn't need it so I just fixed it and kept it. Mine is the best-spec 1.25ghz with 1gb RAM from the factory.
     
  14. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Agreed. I broke one of my iMac G4s during a transplant, display connector broke off the board while I was trying to fit it back together. I also had an issue with bent pins on the connector that connects the logic board to the fan and built-in speaker (I don't think I was the one who bent it though). I hope I will never need to work on a iMac G4 again.
     
  15. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    I've noticed that too. All his posts always appear as if they were edited Yesterday. Very weird.

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    OHHHHHH now I get it ahhaahhaha
     

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