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I have a dying mac. More specifically, the moniter is dying. Unfortunatly the way its designed its apparently unfixable. Well instead of being wasteful and throwing it out any ideas to make it useful? I am saving for a new one and it'll take me a couple of months, until then I wanted to brain storm. I have the G5 http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.mp3-music-player.com/news/05_05/images/Apple_iMac_g5.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.mp3-music-player.com/news/05_05/Apple_g5.html&h=342&w=350&sz=7&hl=en&start=2&um=1&usg=__hStptTAEa_XsrmyAgcrBe9RkqaI=&tbnid=TbBXBgpVwRHQ8M:&tbnh=117&tbnw=120&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmac%2Bg5%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den



Well actually I was just looking what I should do with it when it finally goes, seems like a waste to note make it useful in someway.

No, but its on constantly, however in the manual it says shutting it on and off is bad, so I don't know I've never so much as touched the screen. I'm not the only case I've heard of this happening too =\ And yes you have the same computer as me, better make sure you have a warranty lasting more then 4 years.
Before the screen went my keyboard went, so keep your eyes out!

Hmm getting a new moniter might work all though it will look a bit gettho xD A screen jacked into another screen. Aw apple, how you make things awkward <3
The "fuzzy" part of my screen is jittering and becoming a solid mass then fuzzy again now =P The important thing is I want to make it useful one last time if its not saveable.


10 years ago

I've never heard of LCDs dying like that, but now I'm scared for my LCD. Sounds like the crystal has kicked the bucket. Anything interesting happen to it over its lifetime, like accidentally being left in the car on a cold night/hot day?

No its not getting dim. pixel wide lines are running all through the screen, one section is a semi transparent rectangle, and recently half the the screen has become fuzzy. Its getting worse and worse and i assume this is a sign that its electrioncal life is coming to an end

westfwSick like a sickle cell

Reply 10 years ago

Ah. That sounds pretty bad. iMacs allow you connect an external monitor, don't they? (My wife's iMac has some sort of weird Apple-only video jack.) That might be your best solution...


10 years ago

I assumes that it's getting dim? It's probably fixable. It's just unlikely to be "cost effective" to have someone fix it for you, and "difficult" to do yourself. You'd have to take apart the iMac until you can get at the display, take apart the display until you can get at the CCFL tube that it probably uses for a backlight, find an approximately equivalent CCFL somewhere else, make the swap, and put everything back together again. The parts cost is likely to be pretty low, but it'll probably take several hours of rather nerve-wracking work, all the time risking damaging something important, or the inability to put it back together again.

You may be able to find a repair store or site that will repair this. I found This site, which will replace your whole display for $400-600. I don't consider that a reasonable price, but it does mean that it's possible...

I fixed a laptop screen this way once, and I was pretty proud of myself. I did get it far enough back together to be usable...

(I found This tutotial; it's for a laptop, but it'll give you an idea of what's involved.)