Currently Being ModeratedJan 31, 2013 3:33 PM (in response to kthelen)
Go to an Apple store genius bar and have the technicians test the machine. The diagnosis will be free. Any repairs will not. At least you will be in a position to make an informed decision as to what to do.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 31, 2013 3:38 PM (in response to OGELTHORPE)
I might have to do that - but it won't be anytime soon, as there's no Apple Store in my area. Hoping to find other things I can check before then.
Forgot to mention above that I've already tested the RAM and found it to be fine.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 31, 2013 3:41 PM (in response to kthelen)
You might try running the Apple Hardware test:
You may have to start it with ALT - D.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 31, 2013 3:46 PM (in response to kthelen)
It is this problem.
And has caused the Logic board to fail.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 31, 2013 3:52 PM (in response to OGELTHORPE)
I've worked extensively with the older PPC (and, dare I go back so far, 68K) machines, just not up on all the common issues and techniques for the Intel-based Macs. This seems hardware-y to me, just want to make sure I'm not missing something relatively simple.
Pressing D (or any other key/s) doesn't have any effect, as the machine isn't making it that far into the boot process.
EDIT: the message above was posted as I was typing.
I was afraid it could be that... heard it to be a common thing, but never seen one do it in person. Too bad the warranty extension just ended a month ago, else I would have had more motivation to make the trek to the Genius Bar.
My strong suspicion that it's a logic board issue, and that I've got myself a fancy aluminum paperweight, is getting stronger.