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    Attaching a seperate monitor to an iMac
    Hi,
    I'm a refugee from the 'ol MacAddict/MacLife forums. I have an Intel iMac that now has a 1 inch white bar from top to bottom on the screen; seems my LCD is probably going. Now I want to attach a monitor; seems cheaper than buying a whole new computer. This IS dumb question, but I have to ask it. If I do this, will the white bar show up on the monitor too? This would defeat the logic of using one. Thanks for your advice
    Regards, iZoe

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    If the problem is the monitor and not the video card then there shouldn't be a problem.

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    How can you tell without hooking up the new monitor?

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    Take a screen shot: command + shift + F3

    Typically, if it's a graphics card issue, the screen shot will look the same as your screen - if it's a screen problem, the screen shot will be fine.
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    Took a screen shot. White bar is not there. Seems that this is a problem with the LCD exclusively (crosses fingers) This is the lesser of two evils... Then I can use an external monitor without a problem; a video card fix wouldn't be worth it on this older model Intel iMac and I don't want a new computer (Windows would be all I could afford)... Thanks for all your help friends.

    Kind Regards,
    iZoe

    P.S. If the video card is going too, then I guess I already have monitor and could... gulp... buy the Windows tower only... shutters...

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    UPDATE: Got the adapter, got a 22 inch monitor, spent under $130.00 (w/tax) and my Mac is back up. I'm soooo happy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    Take a screen shot: command + shift + F3

    Typically, if it's a graphics card issue, the screen shot will look the same as your screen - if it's a screen problem, the screen shot will be fine.
    That is brilliant. How come I never think of simple stuff like that?

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