3674 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Sep 25, 2006 10:37 AM by mhunter
I'm sorry to hear of your misfortune.
But, while Eric is absolutely correct, that does not mean that it is impossible to salvage your display.
It is technically possible (with the right experience, hardware, soldering iron, and knowledge) to use just the monitor out of your dead iMac.
After-all, it is just a LCD screen inside a computer. It is driven and operated just like any other LCD screen.
So, just like you could replace the LCD panel in a standard monitor that failed, you could likely convert the iMac's built-in monitor to a stand-alone display by supplying the missing components and re-wiring it.
Of course, this is not a project for a complete novice, and I don't possess the proper schematics or wiring diagrams. So, I'm not going to be much help there.
But, if you have an experienced friend, and access to some other dead displays, you could likely hack something together. Naturally, at your own risk.
I mention that simply to prevent you from throwing away a good screen if you think you know someone who likes a challenge.
Otherwise, you might sell the machine on e-bay as parts. Someone might have a damaged LCD screen and need a replacement.
As another option, have you tried booting from an external FireWire hard drive? That may just work.
The FireWire is on a separate bus from the built-in hard drive controller. So, if that is the only failed part, you may be able to restore use of your computer with an external FireWire hard drive.
You can boot from an external FireWire drive by holding down the Option key at startup. Naturally, that external hard drive needs a bootable OS X installation.
If your computer's internal drive is still fine, you might consider removing it, and placing it in an external FireWire enclosure and try booting from it.
I hope this helps.
Let us know if you have other questions.
P.S., if you'd like, go ahead and click the "Helpful" or "Solved" buttons on any of the posts / replies above if you feel they were helpful or adequately answered your question.
Ok, I expected as much. The "tearing the computer apart to get the LCD" part goes way out of my capacities Indeed, if it comes to that selling it on eBay might be the best thing.
What you suggest with the external drive is interesting. While I've used an OS mounted on it to do tests with it, I hadn't thought of trying it as a permanent solution. Good idea, I'll give it a go. Thanks!
You're welcome. Glad to help.
If it does boot and work fine from the external drive, then go into System Preferences and set your external drive as the primary boot drive. That will eliminate the delay at start-up where it's looking for a boot volume, and it should also prevent you from having to use the Option key to select a volume (if it still sees the old drive for some reason.
I hope this helps.
Yes, booting it on the iBook is just meant as a test - when I'm sure the computer will run that way, I'll get a new FW hard drive for it. Aside from conflicts with other FW items, an iBook hard drive is very slow and not very big
Thanks for all the help, I might have thrown it away if it hadn't been for your tip!
Yes, booting it on the iBook is just meant as a test
- when I'm sure the computer will run that way, I'll
get a new FW hard drive for it. Aside from conflicts
with other FW items, an iBook hard drive is very slow
and not very big
Sounds like a good plan.
Thanks for all the help, I might have thrown it away
if it hadn't been for your tip!
Glad I could helps. Now, if you decide that you still want to throw it away, send it over here
I hope it keeps working for you. It may still provide you with many years of service