Symptoms of a graphic card failure ?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by rjalex, May 25, 2015.

  1. rjalex macrumors newbie


    Mar 27, 2011
    Rome, Italy
    As I wrote my iMac is dying/dead.
    I cannot get to the Hardware Test phase by pressing D so I'm wondering if the symptoms might "prove" it's the graphic cards having gone west.
    Right now the iMac 27 (late 2009) boots with the chime, then the apple logo, then the spinning gear which eventually stops and I'm left with the iMac with the apple logo only and some faint noise of the HDD doing its business.
    I have discovered I can ping it and even connect to it via FTP and the files are all there.
    The login screen never comes up.

    Since the warning signs of this failure were freezes of the GUI save for the mouse pointer freely moving I wonder if it's the graphics components.

    Would Apple try to fix it since the guarantee is long expired or do I just need to throw it away ?

  2. Dopeyman macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2005
    Los Angeles!
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    At six years old the cost of fixing it will not be worth it, that money will be better used towards a new computer IMHO.

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