My disabled G4 iMac -- R.I.P.?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jwp333, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. jwp333 macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2006
    An electrical storm may have fried my ethernet port. The repair is to replace the whole logic board. Kind of crazy to do that considering the expense of the repair and the age of the computer.

    A computer without the internet is kind of useless except for typing. I may be able to connect via Airport, but I'd have to buy the old Airport card and an Airport too.

    I hate how these things happen at inopportune times. I know the current iMac is a great machine, and a huge upgrade over my current setup. But I was kind of holding out for the upcoming iMac revision. Now I may be forced to buy and then suffer when the latest and greatest is announced.

    Anybody else ever been in this situation?

    Maybe I can hold out longer with the office computer.
  2. mikehokie macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2007
    Fairfax, Virginia
    Or just get a Windows computer :eek:

    Could you survive 3 months on one?
  3. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    Have you received an estimate for the repair at a service center or Apple store?

    There are a few 700 and 800 mhz logicboards on ebay at the moment. They're not too difficult to replace if you've ever poked around inside a computer and probably wouldn't cost too much either.
  4. dex22 macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2003
    Round Rock, TX
    Or you could search for a mac PCI ethernet card on eBay? I've seen them go from $5 to $35...
  5. jng macrumors 65816


    Apr 6, 2007
    Yes that happened to us at work once but with G4 powermac. It didn't just zap ethernet though. It wouldn't boot at all and had to take it in for service and I believe the logic board was replaced if I remember correctly.

    At least your machine still works.
  6. Yoursh macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2006
    I would suggest trying to find a Mac compatible usb to ethernet adapter(example- this is pc only)

    It may run rather slow if your system is only usb 1.0. Otherwise you may have to bite the bullet and get a newer system. Oh if you decide you want to go the airport route, all you would need to get is an original airport card($50-100 depending on where you look). You can use any 802.11b router with it. You don't have to get an airport base station.
  7. jwp333 thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2006
    All's well that ends well

    Final result is that my iMac is now back on line using a Belkin usb to ethernet adaptor. I'm using software that I found through Google. It's open source and it works perfectly as far as I can tell.

    A new logic board would have cost me around $350 installed. The Belkin cost $25. Money saved will go towards a new iMac when they come out.

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