Something Odd about iMac - Any insight?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by hconatser, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. hconatser macrumors newbie

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    I've a late 2006 17" iMac & I recently had a problem and was forced to open the monster up, as opposed to paying Apple to repair an out-of-warranty machine.
    So I open it up and unhook the monitor from the logic board. And then I go to remove the SATA connection to the board. The whole f%^&ing 7-pin SATA connection to the board lifted off. The only thing left standing were 7 hair-thin pins that were damned impossible to fit back into the holster for it.
    After a solid night's work I was able to install OSX10.5 onto an external HDD using another Mac.
    I know this may seem like a rant, but could anyone maybe add some insight as to why this piece lifted off of my logic board?? I do not believe this should have happened at all.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/29/SATA_ports.jpg/672px-SATA_ports.jpg

    ^The red L-shaped piece is what came off of my board. It was and still is firmly attached to my 3.0Gbit/s SATA cable. The only difference is that the Apple piece is black, not red.
     
  2. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    That happens, by any chance did you gradually wiggle the SATA cable as you pulled it loose?

    Also -why were you unhooking the SATA from the mainboard in the first place, instead of removing it from the drive, itself?
     
  3. nicroma macrumors 6502a

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    I've seen that exact problem happen with Dell computers I've worked on. I would suspect the plastic became brittle from heat over time or cheap manufacturing.
     
  4. hconatser thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Didn't know if Apple had attached the cord to the monitor on the back or not. Wanted to be safe, ironically.

    Yeah I tried wiggling, nothing. Even now that the piece is off I can't remove it and I've used a considerable amount of force trying to do so.
     
  5. hconatser thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Cheap manufacturing...Gah. That is very sad considering I had to shell out a good deal of money for a "superior" computer. I'd expect superior manufacturing. Ugh.
     

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