My Late 2009 iMac 27" screen is failing..

Discussion in 'iMac' started by JoEw, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. JoEw macrumors 68000


    Nov 29, 2009
    Hi All,
    My 09 iMac screen is beginning to fail, I am getting vertical sync line issues and areas of the screen are beginning to blur my question is, where do I go from here? My iMac is still running great, I don't have thunderbolt just mDP out. I don't think I can get it serviced by Apple because I replaced the CD drive with an SSD a couple years ago. Any ideas?

    The screen seems to be degrading at a very fast pace so I might wake up one day to a iMac with no screen :eek:
  2. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    If you bought Apple care and it's not expired you can get it serviced. As long as you didn't damage anything putting in the SSD you're ok.

  3. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009

    Is there any way you could get ahold of an external display that you could connect to the displayport connector?

    If an external display works -- even though the built in panel doesn't -- you could get some more use out of it.

    Applecare on this computer is long-expired.

    You have to start thinking if the "cost of repair" is worth it, vis-a-vis putting that money towards a new Mac...
  4. JoEw thread starter macrumors 68000


    Nov 29, 2009
    Gonna bump this thread again to give an update.

    I found a replacement screen online for 350-400 dollars which is about the price of a 2560x1400 screen like an iMac.

    The question I'm debating is it worth switching out the screen? I already have plenty of computers I mostly use my iPad and iPhone anyway..

    There is always the risk I break it while trying to switch out screens, while I have done it before on laptops and I consider myself careful (I swapped an SSD in iMac, most nerve racking hours of my life).

    Has anyone on the forum done an iMac screen swap? Was it easy? Do you encounter any problems trying to reattach the cables?

    Edit: I did consider just attaching to a TV or another monitor, but this would be a very awkward setup on my desk my iMac dominates a lot of real estate on it.
  5. mcpix macrumors 6502

    May 13, 2005
    Didn't you already remove the screen to install the SSD? I would think that you have the requisite skills to install a new screen. The only thing I would do first is determine that it is the screen failing and not the logic board.
  6. JoEw thread starter macrumors 68000


    Nov 29, 2009
    Would running an Apple diagnostic solve this?
  7. mtbdudex macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2007
    SE Michigan
    What did you end up doing here?

    I've got same exact issue, it's the video logic board ....
  8. mogens macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2010
    You need to reflow the graphic card. I did it in a kichen owen two years ago and it still runs like a charm. Try Google and Macfixit

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