iMac lightning strike

Discussion in 'iMac' started by stevejobbers, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. stevejobbers macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2008
    Had a terrible power surge hit the house yesterday during a storm, and my iMac was on at the time. I tried powering it up and it sounded like it was running, however I could not get a display. Later in the day it wouldn't even power up anymore.

    Before I bring into an apple store I was wondering if anyone has had a similar experience or knows what the issue could be. I'm really hoping I won't have to shell out for a new one, but I'm guessing the damage is going to be severe...

    Any advice?
  2. zmttoxics macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2008
    Try resetting the SMC. Unplug the iMac, press and hold the power button for 10 seconds, then plug it in and try again.
  3. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    If you take it to the Apple store, feign ignorance regarding the lightning strike. :rolleyes:
  4. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Sounds like the power supply/transformer failed.
  5. stevejobbers thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2008
    would that be an expensive replacement?

    and thx for the SMC suggestion... i will try that when i get home.
  6. stevejobbers thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2008
    Also, out of curiousity, would something like this be covered under Apple Care? The iMac in question ran out of Apple Care about a year ago, but I was just curious if something like this would have been covered or not.
  7. geoffreak macrumors 68020


    Feb 8, 2008
    Repairs caused by defects are covered by AppleCare. Lightning strikes would fall under homeowner's insurance and are not covered by AppleCare.
  8. Johnnymac96 macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2005
    Same thing happened to me today - big lightning strike (I was out at the time, my wife told me what happened) - when I got home the iMac was dead. I found this thread looking for an answer.

    Thus far I can get the chime and a lot of bootup noises but no display. SMC didn't do anything and resetting the PRAM just made the chimes louder.

    Guess I'm going to have to take it in tomorrow and see what the damage is, both physically and financially. Oh, this sucks.
  9. Diseal3 macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2008
    But who has to know?
  10. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    If you look inside I'm sure it's easy to tell that the power got fried by a surge. Let this be a lesson; always use a reallly good surge protector or UPS.

Share This Page