iMac graphics card broken, what to do with spare parts?

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  1. G5Unit macrumors 68020

    G5Unit

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    My mother's iMac G5 just had its graphics card fry, and now the only thing the screen shows is this:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=831614

    But everything else in the iMac works fine, as I was able to recover all her files through Firewire disk-mode.

    My question is that is there anything to do with the spare parts in the iMac now? The screen works, the HDD is fine, it has a stick of 2gb of RAM, a working super drive; pretty much everything except the graphics card.

    Are there any cool DIY project to turn these parts into anything useful?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  3. G5Unit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yeah I did, unfortunately it showed the exact same issue, prompting that it wasn't the screen, but rather the graphics card.

    I told my parents that it would cost upwards of 700 dollars to fix and that the card probably fried because she kept the computer on 24/7. So they went to the Apple store today and the Genius at the bar said that it would cost about $1100 to fix/:
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Enable ssh and Remote Desktop/VNC. You could go as far as to disconnect the display entirely. It'd be a headless machine after that.
     
  5. G5Unit thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yeah that's a really good idea, and I tried that for a while, but I could never get screen sharing to work as I need to authorize it on the iMac, which I am unable to control:(

    Is there another way to it?
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Using Target Disk Mode boot another Mac using the iMac's hard drive and enable those sharing features. :p
     
  7. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    I'd sell the parts on eBay. The display alone should fetch a few hundred dollars, assuming that it is indeed intact. (Pro tip: don't sell it as-is, just accept a return if it turns out to have problems.)
     

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