Currently Being ModeratedAug 31, 2012 3:50 AM (in response to Jez2007)
Do you have a second Mac that you can connect to it using Firewire Target Disk mode, log in and then turn off Bluetooth, in System preferences, assuming Bluetooth is the problem.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 31, 2012 3:54 AM (in response to Jez2007)
Try the SMC reset again, only this time wait 5 minutes in set 3 instead of fifteen seconds.
1. Shut down the computer.
2. Unplug the computer's power cord.
3. Wait fifteen seconds. 5 minutes.
4. Attach the computer's power cord.
5. Wait five seconds, then press the power button to turn on the computer.iMac, Mac Mini, iPad, iPods, Mac OS X (10.6.8), (10.8), Safari, iTunes, iPhoto, etc
Currently Being ModeratedAug 31, 2012 4:02 AM (in response to roam)
No, unfortunely my other computer is a PC laptop (gasp!).
I might be able to borrow a mate's Mac, although I don't think bluetooth is actually the problem - I think the bluetooth assistant window comes up because it doesn't detect my wired mouse & keyboard and I've never used bluetooth.
However, if I bought a bluetooth mouse & keyboard, do you think they would work?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 31, 2012 4:08 AM (in response to Jez2007)
I bought a bluetooth mouse & keyboard, do you think they would work?
Absolutely, go for it.
Edit: oops I thought you already had one. Now i am not so eager in case you waste your money. Hmmm.
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Currently Being ModeratedAug 31, 2012 7:54 AM (in response to den.thed)
Yes, I'm pretty much resigned to it being a hardware failure as you say. I was just hoping that there might be some other fix.
Assuming that it is a hardware failure, is it a big job to repair? My iMac is probably in need of replacement soon anyway (its over 5 years old, the HD has failed once and the CD doesn't work) and I'm not sure if its worth repairing.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 31, 2012 8:26 AM (in response to Jez2007)
It could be the Logic Board $$$ or the Power Supply $$ but you probably should consider a new or refurbished one. Both carry the same 1 year warranty and you can/should get AppleCare as IMHO the newer ones are running hotter and may not have as long a lifespan as the older ones.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 31, 2012 12:43 PM (in response to Jez2007)
I sort of knew there was a chance it was a Logic Board failure, but I didn't want to be the first poster to make that snap decision until you had gotten some more advice/suggestions.
Sorry that your iMac has died.
It will be too much money to repair that old a Mac.
If you can't afford a new or even refurb iMac from Apple, you can always look at the used Mac/iMac market.
If still interested in iMacs look to mid- 2007 to 2010 models.
You maybe able to find something a lot more recent with specs you are leaning toward for a modest/reasonable price.
Look for a new/used Mac reseller, first, before looking to online places like eBay. Try to find one who offers a decent warranty time period for a used Mac.
At least a 30 day warranty and even better, a 90 day to six month warranty.
The Mac reseller I bought my 2009 27 inch iMac from 4 months ago, has a 6-month warranty at minimal cost.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 31, 2012 4:21 PM (in response to Jez2007)
It's not really worth it. All the ports including the USB ports and USB controller are integrated into the logic board. So it would mean a complete disassembly, plus a new logic board that cost more than the iMac is worth..
As suggested your only options are and if everything else is working, a wireless Keyboard and Mouse, then a FireWire external HD for backup.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 3, 2012 10:01 AM (in response to den.thed)
Thanks everyone for all the useful replies. It is, as I suspected, a hardware failure that its not really worth repairing. Looks like I'll be looking for a new iMac then...
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