New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
Apple Desktops Discussion of Apple's desktop machines including Mac Pro, iMac, Power Mac, and mini

2007 iMac, A1208, vertical lines. Any fix? Or screwed?


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
Talidan

 
Member Since: Oct 15, 2012
Posts: 3
Talidan is on a distinguished road

Talidan is offline
Hello, there,

I'm sure you dedicated Mac-Forumers get annoyed by people like me, just passing through with a single question, but I want to let you know from the start that I appreciate your input very much.

So, on to the problem.

I just picked up a 2007 iMac, 2.0Ghz/1GB/160GBHDD for less than $100. Only problem is, the display is showing lines, vertical. What do I do? Despite growing up on Macs (my godfather was an exec at Apple back in the day), I ended up drifting to Windows and Linux to build my own systems, but I've been needing a Mac for some projects and I don't know a damn thing about how to fix any Mac hardware problems, especially since it's an all-in-one system.

I'm wary about messing in it, but I'm not at all technically inept, so some simple guidance on how to take care of an issue, even if I have to dismantle it, would be helpful.

Also, the HDD is totally wiped, but I have everything I need (I think) software-wise. EDIT: So, I'm finding it difficult to figure out how to install onto a totally wiped drive. I haven't put any disk in yet, but I want to be sure before continuing. When I start the system, the screen is blank (whiteish, not black blank) and then a folder with a question mark flashes indefinitely. Is this right for where I believe I'm at, or am I looking at other expenditures (HDD)? Thanks again!

So, what can I do about this problem? Is it the screen itself? If so, where can I find a replacement if it needs replacing? Also, if it is just the screen, would there be any known issue just hooking it up to a regular monitor and having the iMac under the desk like a regular desktop?

THANKS!

Picture, just in case it might help:
QUOTE Thanks
harryb2448

 
harryb2448's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 28, 2007
Location: Nambucca Heads Australia
Posts: 16,820
harryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac i5 2.7GHz OS X.9.4

harryb2448 is offline
G'day and welcome to the forums.

Looks like you have purchased a $100 lemon. No fis for graphics as it is part of the logic board. To install an operating system you need at least the system the computer came with, known as the original system install discs, or a retail black DVD of Leopard OS X.5 or Snow Leopard OS X.6.

Pop the disc in the optical drive slot on the side of the iMac and boot holding down 'C'. Looking at the state of the iMac, the optical drive may also be shot.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
QUOTE Thanks
Talidan

 
Member Since: Oct 15, 2012
Posts: 3
Talidan is on a distinguished road

Talidan is offline
Well, that's just some awful news. If the optical drive is fine and everything else is, other than the screen, it should still be usable though, right? Just annoying? Edit: Would it be possible to purchase and replace the board?

I mostly need it for publishing iOS apps and buying a $350+ machine for the one purpose seems a little silly to me. I develop the apps on Windows, but still need to transfer them to a Mac to publish and I don't have any friends with a Mac to borrow from.

And I have a retail of Leopard. Is "black" a specific kind that I would need?
QUOTE Thanks
chas_m

 
chas_m's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 22, 2010
Location: Victoria, BC
Posts: 16,183
chas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 2009 MBP, Black speakers, Black Benq second monitor, black(ish) iPhone 5s, Black 2012 iPad, etc.

chas_m is offline
If you're developing for iOS you are COMPLETELY barking up the wrong tree.

Machine is too old to run the version of XCode you have to use, Leopard is incompatible with your goals, etc. Board would be too expensive to replace, and so on and so on and so on.

Bottom line: you need a fairly recent Mac. You could go for a Mac mini, a refurb'd or used (recent vintage, like the last couple-three years) iMac, or a combination of those. If you're going to get serious about iOS development, this is a penny in the fountain compared to what you'll earn back (and tax-deductible as well!).
QUOTE Thanks
Talidan

 
Member Since: Oct 15, 2012
Posts: 3
Talidan is on a distinguished road

Talidan is offline
And this is why I'm usually not much of an impulse buyer.

Whenever I'm somewhere that might carry a used Mac, they tend to be snatched up pretty quickly. So, when I saw this, turned it on and the biggest (apparent) issue was the lines, I figured I should grab it while I could. Lesson learned.

Now that it's completely useless for what I need, any suggestions on how I could get a little bit of money back on it? If it's just board that's messed up, would other parts be worth enough on eBay to go through the trouble?
QUOTE Thanks
harryb2448

 
harryb2448's Avatar
 
Member Since: Nov 28, 2007
Location: Nambucca Heads Australia
Posts: 16,820
harryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond reputeharryb2448 has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: iMac i5 2.7GHz OS X.9.4

harryb2448 is offline
Advertise it on eBay as is pointing out the fault. You may redeem some of your hundred bucks with luck.

Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« imac SuperDrive Help | Mac Mini recognizes my Internet connection but will not go on line! Help. »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
iMac 24' green & magenta vertical Lines will not boot. Bob Wolf Apple Desktops 5 04-02-2012 04:42 PM
Thin vertical lines on screen michaelruggeri Apple Notebooks 5 04-16-2009 06:36 AM
Vertical Lines, not PRAM, bad LB or GC? Weegirl23 Apple Notebooks 1 02-03-2009 09:32 PM
powerbook 12" g4 vertical lines ivanney Apple Notebooks 4 12-23-2008 02:41 AM
Is it worth to switch from iMac G4 to iMac G5?? Mainyehc Apple Desktops 12 03-13-2006 06:21 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:18 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?