Should I fix nMP I/O board optical out

ColdCase

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I’m leaning to just let the sleeping dog lie, but wanted to check in here to see if I’m missing something that will bite me down the line.

My nMP has been working just fine except that the optical audio out failed maybe a year ago. I’ve read here that the I/O board seems to have a high failure rate, and is also a PITA to replace. I have been using another audio port, so its been no big deal.

My AppleCare is expiring within a month or so. I’m trying to decide to have it fixed or just don’t touch it as it doesn’t seem to be otherwise broken (as far as I can tell). I use it for video transcoding, video editing, and as a Blu-Ray player.

I’ve had recent mixed experiences with Apple fixing family laptops. They seem to sometimes break one thing while fixing another, or install parts that have different problems, so its typically three repairs to have it done perhaps right. So I just don’t want to fix the optical audio only to have something more important break down the line. But then I dunno if the optical out failure signals a time bomb.

Its a 3.0GHz 8-core, 1TB flash storage, 32GB RAM, Dual FirePro D700 custom built model.
 

tsialex

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I’m leaning to just let the sleeping dog lie, but wanted to check in here to see if I’m missing something that will bite me down the line.

My nMP has been working just fine except that the optical audio out failed maybe a year ago. I’ve read here that the I/O board seems to have a high failure rate, and is also a PITA to replace. I have been using another audio port, so its been no big deal.

My AppleCare is expiring within a month or so. I’m trying to decide to have it fixed or just don’t touch it as it doesn’t seem to be otherwise broken (as far as I can tell). I use it for video transcoding, video editing, and as a Blu-Ray player.

I’ve had recent mixed experiences with Apple fixing family laptops. They seem to sometimes break one thing while fixing another, or install parts that have different problems, so its typically three repairs to have it done perhaps right. So I just don’t want to fix the optical audio only to have something more important break down the line. But then I dunno if the optical out failure signals a time bomb.

Its a 3.0GHz 8-core, 1TB flash storage, 32GB RAM, Dual FirePro D700 custom built model.
I would use the AppleCare and get it fixed ASAP.

If you have any new problems after the extended warranty expires, you will have to pay for the repair and the I/O board it's not cheap. Even if it takes 3 times to get everything working, it will worth the trouble.
 

bookemdano

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If it were me I would definitely have it fixed. Just do a full backup first (or maybe even a couple of 'em on different disks).
 
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thefredelement

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Do it while you can... My AppleCare expired this past December and I was given a genius bill of $476! (Luckily I didn't end up having to pay it) because I didn't find the time to the get the D700s replaced. They were fine for years and I thought it was mitigated through some kind of software update honestly... then out of the blue I basically had a Mac that wouldn't boot within 5 hours after a random kernel panic.

Your configuration sounds awesome :) I'd want to take advantage of the coverage if I were you and make sure your video boards do not need to be swapped as well, you'd rather do this in a way you can prepare for than have your system shut down when you need it :/