Suggestions for 2006 24 iMac going south

Discussion in 'iMac' started by DonInOtown, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. DonInOtown macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2008
    Hi. Have an issue with a late-2006 24" iMac which I believe is relevant to the Leopard upgrade reeking havoc with fan speed, video card overheating and subsequent horizontal lines across the screen after the unit has been on for a while.

    No Apple Care. Out of warranty.

    Going to take the iMac to the Apple Store today, where they could well tell me that the cost to fix the iMac is about $100-200 less than the entire unit is worth.

    In that event, I am looking for suggestions that do not include "door stop" and "boat anchor" or anything similar. More along the lines of disassembling and selling parts.....something that allows me to recoup the most for my precious investment. Just not real psyched about the notion of practically buying my own unit from myself after an $800-900 repair.

    Really appreciate any creative advise.

    Thanks - Don
  2. bamaworks macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2007
    Lexington, KY
    Sell it on ebay as a parts / repair machine. You'll still get a significant amount.
  3. ChrisWickensCom macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2008
  4. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    If you think Leopard is causing these issues why not put Tiger back on it then?
  5. DonInOtown thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2008
    Already tried that. From what I read in other threads, once the damage is done, it's done. The video card had surpassed it's heat threshold, is damaged, and will only get worse.

    Some relevant info:

    Parts machine is probably the way to go if things don't pan out at the Apple Store. Awaiting a call back from their service dept. with the prognosis.

  6. nintendew macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2007
    I'm in the same boat. I'm interested to hear what Apple says.
  7. DonInOtown thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2008
    Spoke with the service tech Saturday night. Replace video card at approx. $350. ($175 card, about $175 labor) One of those things that you have to swallow, I suppose. Right at that price point where it doesn't make sense not to spend the money. At the local level, I can't substantiate the Leopard issue being the root cause, but I am going to make some inquiries on some higher ground just to test the waters.

    The good news is that the tech did not feel that it was a logic board problem. He said that he had to run the iMac through some pretty rigorous exercises to duplicate the failure - and even then had to do it via net boot. The other side of the coin is that there is the slightest possibility that it could be monitor related........then again too, there could just be an accumulation of dust inside that is causing the card to overheat. At the point that you have that beast opened up though, may as well get the hardware replaced.

    Tried to get a price for upgrading the HD from the stock 250G, but no go. Have to either do it myself, or take it to a third party service center.

  8. iSpoody 1243 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    the best thing to do is buy the apple care for 3 years
    after all these tragic stories i think its worth it

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