What to do with a $3000 Paperweight?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by hank.collins, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. hank.collins macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2016
    Hello I have had a iMac 27", Mid 2011 sitting on the floor in the box it came in for the past four months. It has the dreaded 6970 gpu. Because it is 5 years old it does not qualify for Apple's free factory replacement. Apple service here in the Philippines says the entire Motherboard must be replaced, at a cost almost exactly 1/3 what it cost me to purchase it new. I am desperate.. Can someone please advise me what I can do? Does this sound right to you? The whole board must be replaced. Or, do I have another option?

    Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
    Hank (N1RLT - QTH Cebu, Philippines)
  2. EnderBeta macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2016
    I'm sorry I can't be of more help. I'm not sure if your machine has a MXM slot or if the GPU is soldered to the board.

    Do you have access to sites like eBay and iFixIt?

    If so you could buy a new logic board from eBay and the parts to open your machine from iFixIt and follow their guide to repair your machine yourself.
  3. Ursadorable macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2013
    The Frozen North
    Hit up eBay and see if you can find a mobo from a unit that has a dead display.
  4. jkmags macrumors member

    May 6, 2011
    Ive got 2 mid 2011 27 iMacs and both had their Video cards go out within a year of each other (out of warranty). The first I actually found a guy on eBay that would repair iMac video cards, i sent it in for 99 bucks and he fixed it. Then I found a video on repairing an iMac video card using an oven or propane torch.

    I guess you end up reflowing the soldering on the video board to fix the issue. Both video cards have been working for almost a year without problems after the fix.

    I cant say this will work for you but the mid 2011 and older iMacs are a lot easier to get into than the newer ones. Just do a google search on imac video card, reflow soldering and see what you get.
  5. kgian macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2011
    When my 2011 imac goes bust, I am going to mod it as an external monitor, by keeping the panel and changing the electronics.
  6. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    We have a gigantic thread on choosing a new graphic card for that model.

    Just buy a new on eBay, and replace it. If it is the dreaded GPU issue, you dont need a new motherboard.
  7. idoccurt macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2006
  8. kgian macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2011
    I would not be comfortable spending 1000$ in a replacement logic board which is not guaranteed not to break.

    If you are not tied down to apple ecosystem, you could do what I told you. Mod the panel to a decent monitor and with the 1000$ build a decent windows pc.

    That way you can have a great monitor, great panel, great looks and a decent modern computer. What you won't have is MacOS.
  9. idoccurt macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2006

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