New Imac 5K - Brick out of the box

Discussion in 'iMac' started by zippymedia, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. zippymedia macrumors newbie


    Sep 20, 2014
    My first Imac (WooHoo) and it actually arrived by the delivery window.

    • 4.0GHz QC i7, TB up to 4.2GHz
    • 32GB 1867MHz DDR3L (4x8GB) - work is paying for the ram
    • 1TB Flash Storage
    • AMD Radeon R9 M395X w/4GB

    Open box. Turn it on. My poor Imac just constantly chimes and restarts to a black screen (no logo).

    Called support. Reset NVRAM. Reset the SMC. Nothing same constant restarting.

    It needs to go back.

  2. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2010
    Welcome to the new Tim Cook Apple experience.
  3. mfouks macrumors member

    Dec 10, 2012
    I'm so sorry to hear that. I ordered the same machine except for the amount of ram. I've never had that problem with any computer in the past (and lately they have all been Macs).
  4. Cody1992 macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2015
    This is bound to happen with any product ever released, it's just probability and statistics. Sorry that you got a lemon but Apple will happily replace it. Unfortunately the wait will probably be a little longer since its a new product.
  5. sandylp macrumors regular


    Jul 10, 2004
    San Francisco Bay Area
    I have the exact components in my iMac. Thankfully, mine arrived in working order, but I'm keeping the box just in case I have to send it back for any reason. I have had several Mac Pros and Macbook Pros in the past years and have always bought Applecare, but have never had to use it. I guess I've just been lucky, but I appreciate your post because it just goes to show that anything can happen. Hopefully, Apple will send another machine out to you with expedited shipping. Please let us know if they do.
  6. roadkill401 macrumors 6502


    Jan 11, 2015
    I had a DOA iMac that I got in January. It took quite a bit longer to get the replacement as first you ship it back, then they take 2-3 weeks to inspect the computer to make sure it is all there.. (I think they might just check once a month all the returned inventory, so depending on when you ship it might be faster or longer). then they got around to making and shipping my unit. It ended up taking 7 weeks to get the replacement, and that was because I found a refurb that was in stock that sped it up by 1 week.
  7. posguy99 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2004
    Yes, because the Jobs Apple never ever had a bad piece of hardware. People really are unbelievable.
  8. G.McGilli macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2015
    I'm curious - are you not allowed to return defective Mac to a local Apple Store (if you are luck to have one close by) - to at least speed up the process? Like they check it - report it to Apple ASAP and then they send a new one?
  9. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030


    Jun 12, 2011
    You should be able to return anything to the Apple Store within the 14 day window, even if it is a CTO. I'm not 100% sure, but this is how it has been in the past.

    OP, maybe try calling your local store to see if you can just return it there and get your money back? If not, I'd call Apple Customer Relations and see what they can do. The might be able to replace the computer much quicker due to the circumstances.
  10. Travisimo macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2009
    Yes, that is what I would recommend as well. Waiting a long period of time for a replacement is not acceptable, and I'm sure Apple would be able to make it right with you if you contact someone higher up than Tier 1 support.
  11. shaunp macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2010
    Just demand a refund - that normally gets a response.
  12. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030


    Jun 12, 2011
    Yeah 7 weeks is ridiculous. When my rMBP's dGPU would continually die after 4+ logic boards (long story, I had 3 machines like this), the Apple Store was always able to do a retail swap on the spot. Only difference is those machines were pre-built configurations and not CTO/BTO.
  13. G.McGilli macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2015
    Thinking about this - sounds like maybe a RAM chip popped loose - have you reseated the RAM in the computer? That's easy enough to check... Could be something that simple...
  14. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. This sort of thing happens. Apple will make it right.
  15. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    Not really. The majority of people who buy Applecare never use it. If they did, Apple would discontinue it because they would lose money on it.
  16. siddhartha macrumors regular


    Aug 8, 2008
    Northern Virgina
    I agree-check the RAM.

    The RAM slots on the riMac are less secure than any other iMac I've owned, and I was having intermittent reboot problems for MONTHS related to RAM chips not being seated firmly enough.
  17. techedude macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2014
    Definitely sounds like bad or loose ram. Pop that back door off and make sure they are seated properly. Try switching the order of the ram to a different slot. I'm a Certified Apple Tech and ram will and does cause this issue.
  18. zippymedia thread starter macrumors newbie


    Sep 20, 2014
    Unfortunately that did not work. I simultaneously processed a return and ordered a new one. I'm out double until the return is processed but I need the imac for work.
  19. toofargone macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2015

    Damn. Just unboxed i7/16gb/512ssd/395x.....same thing....chimes and chimes and doesn't boot.
  20. ileff macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2012
    me too i7/8gb/512ssd/395 chimes, no video, fans ramp up very quickly. will try ram.
  21. fathergll macrumors 65816

    Sep 3, 2014
  22. ileff macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2012
    couldn't open the ram door. i was pressing very firmly on the eject button but the door barely moved a smidge. making a genius appt.
  23. ileff macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2012
    the apple store was very helpful. returning the doa imac was no questions asked just took a few minutes.

    i ended up taking home the highest stock config 395, 3.3ghz, 2tb fusion because apple pay with discover in store is 10% back. the lower config and discover promotion will save me $637.

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