Lost Internet (lightening) -- all else fine..?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by EastCoastFlyer, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. EastCoastFlyer macrumors regular

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    Well, here's the deal. While away on vacation we had a lightening strike close to the house. Several neighbors had near total appliance destruction -- one even had the kids battery-powered toys turn on by themselves... All I seem to have lost is my iMac's ability to communicate with our high-speed cable modem. Comcast was at the house today and they tested the line-in plus several modems, all of which were fine. The problem appears to be in the iMac. Everything else about the machine is perfect -- just no internet connection.

    Not being much of a tech wizard, I have no idea what might have been fried, how much repair might cost, and how long I might be without my precious Mac... any ideas??? Thanks (sadly lugging my Windows laptop home from work...)
     
  2. classof2011 macrumors regular

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    If you use a regular phone line to connect your iMac to the Internet....maybe the modem?
     
  3. rainydays macrumors 6502a

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    How are you connecting to the modem? Cable or wireless? If you are using a cable you might be able to use the wireless connection still. So getting a wireless router would be a cheaper solution than repairing your iMac.
    But then again, the airport may be borked as well.
     
  4. EastCoastFlyer thread starter macrumors regular

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    Was connected via cable directly to the iMac. Actually had an Airport lite that I bought in order to send signal to my laptop when I work on the back porch -- but the signal strength and quality was so poor that I gave the thing away...

    So how much am I looking at? Is it a card or something more??

    Thanks!
     
  5. classof2011 macrumors regular

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    If you're talking about the iMac in your sig, should'nt it have an Airport card in it already :confused: ... in that case you'd need a router, preferably the new Airport Extreme [wireless /n capability] :)

    EDIT : Also, if you get that, be sure to get the $2 Wireless-N enabler from Apple. It'll be worth it!
     
  6. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Call your home insurance. Mine paid for a new Macintosh when my iMac was fried by lightning (according to the insurance guy, they had to pay for about 200 computers that night).
     
  7. EastCoastFlyer thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sorry for the confusion -- I used to have the Airport router (not the extreme)-- didn't perform well enough so I gave it away. So yes, my iMac has the card -- I'm asking about the repair of the line-in to which the cable was directly connected at the time of the hit.

    Insurance won't work for this one -- other than the internet connection, the thing works perfectly. They won't total the machine for that kind of damage...
     
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  9. amc382 macrumors regular

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    lightning is an act of god, out of warranty :D

    get a cheap wireless router. i think the apple routers are kind of ripoffs unless you need airtunes.
     
  10. EastCoastFlyer thread starter macrumors regular

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    The End of the Story...

    All's well that ends well... I made an appointment at the Genius Bar at the local Apple Store for Saturday morning. The fix required replacement of the logic board (an $800 fix). The iMac was still under warrenty, so there was no charge and it was ready in less than 24 hours. I was back online by noon Sunday. Truely a positive repair experience and a better than expected outcome...
     
  11. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    I assume you left the lightning part out? ;)
     
  12. EastCoastFlyer thread starter macrumors regular

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    No -- absolutely not! I gave the guy the full, strait story...:apple:
     
  13. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    Kudos to that "genius!"
     
  14. dex22 macrumors regular

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    However, mildly confusing that they have an $800 'part' in a $600 computer.

    I'd just buy the $600 computer and have lots of spare parts to sell on eBay and get half my money back.
     
  15. EastCoastFlyer thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hey -- let me know where I can pick up a new 17" iMac for $600.00. I'll buy 2 more...:rolleyes:
     

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