strange IMac problem!

in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
Hi. After no previous signs of any problems, something strange happened to the screen of my IMac (first issue, Indigo). The screen began to slowly get darker and within 8-10 seconds had reverted to total blackness. I've re-booted seven or eight times, but still can't get a picture. The lights on the console are flashing OK and it sounds healthy enough. I also had an audio CD in the IMac at the time ('Raw Power' by Iggy and the Stooges if anyone wants to know) and this plays OK once the computer's re-booted. So I suspect the problem has something to do with the screen.

I haven't dropped, banged or knocked the IMac in any way, nor spilt any liquids / chemicals on it. It's driving me crazy. Someone suggested it may be 'sleeping' and I need to remove the battery for a short while to 'wake it up' but I'm worried about touching it in case I cause a bigger problem. It seems to be the screen that's faulty, not the rest of the computer. I'm not very technically minded so I'd appreciate any pointers or advice at all. Thanks for listening! Martin (London, UK) <img src="graemlins/surprised.gif" border="0" alt="[Surprised]" />


  • Reply 1 of 2
    sithsith Posts: 25member
    I dont really have any good advice (crt may have burnt out?) but... Raw Power sure is a good cd isn't it? Iggy knows how to rock.
  • Reply 2 of 2
    stimulistimuli Posts: 564member
    Yes... yes he does. Sounds like the CRT is toast, or a wire through some miraculous means has come loose. If you installed ram, maybe take apart the iMac and peep at the innards.

    You could always search for an older iMac that is fuXxored except for the screen, buy it, and swap parts back and forth. That would be the cheapest solution if the CRT is toast (it shouldn't be after only 3.5 years tho').
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