Screen Out of Focus

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by Macmaniac, Jun 5, 2002.

  1. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    I have a very wierd problem, sometimes I turn on my iMac and the screen is out of focus. Do you have any idea why this is happening? I do not wear glasses, and I was using a computer an hour ago an it was not out of focus. So its not my eyes, Help!!!

    After awhile it comes to focus.
  2. AlphaTech macrumors 601


    Oct 4, 2001
    Natick, MA
    Stop taking the drugs.. :D

    What kind of iMac, how old, you know the routine... if it is under warranty, have you called Apple yet??? Most likely you will need to.
  3. LimeiBook86 macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan

    My Aunt has a Graphite iMac SE but when she starts it up, everything, is wierd, the screen is tinted red, and there are wierd red lines to the right, but when you restart it it's fine.....sometimes it repeats though...
  4. kiwi_the_iwik macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2001
    London, UK
    Could be that your screen needs degaussing - a procedure that realligns the tube's magnetic field (and colours) via use of a degaussing rod, which is really just a glorified electromagnet.

    Don't try this at home, kids - magnets could screw up your monitor for good. Therefore, I suggest the use of a specialist in the field.

    Example: I remember when I was a kid in New Zealand, and was walking around the Audio Visual section of a Department store - having all sorts of fun by putting my toy magnet in the centre of the TV sets and watching all the colours get "sucked in" to the middle of the screens. FUBAR... ;)
  5. AlphaTech macrumors 601


    Oct 4, 2001
    Natick, MA
    Most monitors (at least the decent ones) have a degauss option via the on-screen controlls. I don't remember if the iMac (crt) gives you that option via the Monitor control panel, but you might want to look.

    Which iMac is this happening to??? IF it is one of the new LCD models, then you will have to take it to Apple (or an AASP) for repair. I'd still suggest CALLING APPLE to see if they can walk you through some resets (such as the open firmware) that could resolve the issue. To do that one, just hold down the option+apple+o+f keys on startup and when it gives you the open firmware screen type in (sans the quotes) "reset-all" and hit return/enter. It will reboot the system. That COULD fix the issue.
  6. Macmaniac thread starter macrumors 68040


    It is a snow 700mhz iMac classic. This has only happened in the past two weeks, but not after every start up. It is normal now and fine. I DO NOT TAKE DRUGS, I don't want to throw my life away. If this happens again I will notify you.
  7. Hemingray macrumors 68030


    Jan 9, 2002
    Ha ha haaa!
    Good man! Glad to hear it. :)
  8. menoinjun macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2001
    Pishah!! (as I pop a tab) Drugs can be great!! Just ask Steve Jobs.

    Seriously though...I do believe that the iMac has a degaussing option. Try it.

    Macmaniac...New tar? I liked your one with the guy on the red background (no animation) a lot!! In fact...It's one of the better ones I've ever seen! I don't know why, but it seems to fit your macrumors name perfectly.

  9. AlphaTech macrumors 601


    Oct 4, 2001
    Natick, MA
    Dude, can't you take a JOKE??? :D <-- big clue to when I am joking :rolleyes:

    As stated before, check for the degauss option under the monitor's control panel. Also try the reset-all from the open firmware. BOTH very well could fix the issue. If not, then it will need to go in for service. Do you have Applecare protection on it?? If not, and you still have time on the first year warranty, get the Applecare added to it. THAT can save you some serious $$ on repairs in the future (as well as give you peace of mind).
  10. Macmaniac thread starter macrumors 68040


    Ya I can take a joke, lol. I have the 3 year apple care protection plan, so if it gets bad I will take it it for repairs. If it happens again I will start gettin worried.

    As for my tar, it still needs alittle work, the M$ symbol is off center.
  11. mmmdreg macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    what do you mean it's out of focus? like the screen isn't the right size? because my monitor (iMac 600) after night's rest or something, the viewable area is higher and narrower than what I set it to, then it levels out after a while of being this what you're talking about?
  12. palala macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Long Island

    I had this same problem years ago with an original Bondi blue iMac. There was a way to degauss the screen, but I think it was pretty involved and not accessible through software means. I remember the cheat was to open the CD drawer all the way, and push down on it slightly. On most of the earlier iMacs, it would get the screen to degauss. I am sure there is something somewhere that tells you how to deguass the screen on that iMac, but if you still have the Applecare I wouldn't even waste time looking for it...just take it in.

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