Can I boot a trayloading iMac without a monitor?
March 9, 2003 2:54PM
edited January 2014
The analog video board on my 333 tray loading imac died a few months ago. Consequently, it won't boot. Is there a way to extract the monitor and the video board and get the rest of the parts to work as a headless imac?
Reply 1 of 4
March 9, 2003 8:27PM
Yes, there is (if it's anything like a rev A iMac). Take the polycarbonate shell off the bottom of the iMac. The iMac's guts should be on a slide out tray, containing the hard drive, CD drive and logic board. The monitor cable should be obvious. The other connectors on the back of the tray are for the infrared (IrDA) port on the front of the iMac (it really isn't a serial port, even if the connector fits: personal experience
) and power. You should be able to connect any Apple 15 pin or VGA monitor you like.
When you say it won't boot, is that doesn't start up or isn't usuable? If it doesn't chime, access the hard disk, etcetera, something else more fundamental (the PSU?) could be the problem.
Reply 2 of 4
March 9, 2003 10:13PM
Yes buy the iRack.
It turns an iMac into a 1U server for 399.
Reply 3 of 4
March 9, 2003 10:26PM
:eek: :eek: :eek:
it should COME with a freaking computer for that much!
Reply 4 of 4
March 10, 2003 9:15AM
[quote]Originally posted by Stoo:
When you say it won't boot, is that doesn't start up or isn't usuable? If it doesn't chime, access the hard disk, etcetera, something else more fundamental (the PSU?) could be the problem.</strong><hr></blockquote>
Thanks so much for the help. It does chime, but then it powers down. The screen ahd been snapping, and then died. When the screen died, it stopped booting beyond the first chime. The local Apple tech said it was probably a bad analog video board.