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    Back in Dec. '99 I bought an iMac DV 400. Recently, the monitor started flickering, and wouldn't start up at all sometimes. I could tell that the computer was on because I would push the power button, and it would ask me if I was sure I wanted to shut down. This morning though, when I hit the power button, the iMac would make the tone, the hard drive would spin up, and then it would just die. What should I do?

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    You didn't, by chance, purchase one of those extended warranties did you? Of course if you had, the problem would never have occured.

    Sounds like your power supply bought it. Although, if it started with a flickering monitor, it's possible you have a loose power lead or something. It IS high voltage enough in there to put you on the floor, if you touch the wrong wire(s). Likely the PS is hosed though.

    One of the guru's will be by shortly with a properly informed diagnosis. I'm just a freshman hack.

    c8

    [This message has been edited by crazyeights (edited 22 January 2001).]

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    Sorry, I don't do iMac's, but I think they also have a separate analog board that runs the monitor. Not sure which is more expensive, that or the power supply. Could also be a bad video cable, but be very careful!

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    Don't need the extended warranty, I got it on the VISA. It's still under warranty, so I'll probably take it in.

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    But why would the hard drive start up and then die?

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    you know.....hate to say it, but it could be as simple as a ROM problem. It might not even BE hardware, believe it or not. I've seen this before with iMac.

    check our logic board page for the iMac DV, and locate the power manager reset button. Hold it down for a long count of 20 with the rubber end of a number two wooden pencil. Don't mess around with anything else on the logic board. Reseat the memory if it looks iffy. Check your battery with a multimeter, since you are there, and let us know what your readings are. Just visually check everything, use commonsense, and make sure all your cables and connectors are nice and snugly connected.

    put the machine back together, plug it in, and invoke the spirits of the cardinal directions. That should do it. If not, pay particular attention to error tones, and see if you can tell whether the drive is spinning up or not.

    why does stuff like this happen? Lots of reasons. Karma. Defective components. Dirty power. Celestial tides. Space Monkees. Abuse. Cheapo IDE drives. Lots of reasons. Don't worry so much about it....just accept it, roll with the punches, troubleshoot, fix, and get on with life. It'll be ok. It's just a temporary glitch.



    PS: thank your dad for his order, and his nice comments, Ti. We appreciate it!


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