So this morning, I awoke my iMac from its usual nighttime sleep, and it appeared to turn on for a split second (the light on the bottom of my mouse lit up, at least--no display, and I don't remember about the white light on the front of the computer) before abruptly turning off. Subsequent attempts to turn it on have failed.I have run through Apple's troubleshooting article
, and after trying some things and examining the diagnostic LEDs, it appears my logic board is not working (with a small hope that it might just be the much less expensive power adapter, although the article doesn't really think it could be).This is a refurbished first-generation 17-in 1.8 GHz iMac G5 with a SuperDrive and 80 GB HD that I bought in July of 2005. I had one of the fans replaced right after receiving the machine due to excessive noise (which, even then, never quite went away, but that's another story).Did I mention that I'm a moron and forgot to get AppleCare? It looks like my only option is a $470
logic board replacement ... does sound like the thing to do? Of course, I could also save up to just get a new Intel iMac with Front Row, a built-in iSight, and other goodies, over which I have been drooling since their introduction.
I must say, though that $470-ish repair sounds better than $1000-ish on a "new" refurbished iMac.I should mention I'm in college, so money is tight, especially since on top of all this I also have an iPod (B&W 4G, 20 GB) whose hard drive just broke and an HP laptop whose optical drive has recently ceased to read discs. Both of these are out of warranty, and I get an HD for the iPod for maybe $55 and a new drive for the laptop for, say, $200. I seem to have the magic touch where everything I break becomes larger, more important, and more expensive (there's probably an exponential function somewhere that describes my breakage patterns...). Luckily, I still have that laptop I was talking about, or I'd be without a computer now (I had to replace its HD last year, though, and was content with my main computer, the iMac, for several months before I did) ... but I'm waiting for my Touch of Doom to strike again. Given my pattern, it could be several thousand dollars this time. :)Anyway, does this sound like the best thing to do to everyone (get the logic board replaced ... or maaaaybe just a get a newer iMac)?Thanks!