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Hi, I left the chat room, wasn't sure if you were going to show up :)
Anyhow, these vertical lines -- do they persist during all screens?
In other words, do the lines appear during the boot process, when running all software, etc...?
Hmmm, that's a bummer...what kind of Mac is it?
and when did you buy it?
2Ghz intel core 2 duo
Macbook, Macbook Pro, iMac?
it must be about 3 years old
gotcha...unfortunately, this is a hardware defect. If the screen ALWAYS have these lines, then it's either the LCD panel or the GPU. The GPU (graphical processing unit) is a chip on the main logic board inside of the iMac that is responsible for putting the image on the display.This is more commonly an issue the the LCD. It usually happens when pixels die forming a line or area of the screen where the pixels will no longer change color or just remain black
Sorry for the typos, I just woke up :) That aside, did you purchase Apple Care when you bought the iMac?
hmmm, well, you have a couple of options. Is there an Apple store nearby?
Is there any Apple service center nearby?
and how handy are you with electronics and a screwdriver?
not very, but I could try?
Well, I'll leave that decision up to you. Keep in mind, if you're not familiar with electronics, then there is a decent chance you may damage an internal component. If you're prepared to junk your current iMac and buy a new one, then you may want to at least try fixing the current one yourself. Otherwise, I would recommend taking it to a technician
LCD panels can be purchased by third parties for a fraction of the cost that Apple will charge
any idea of the cost of the repair to be done by a technician consultant
Hmmm, well, I'm going to guess here, but I imagine it would cost somewhere around $500 USD. The LCD and the main logic board are the two most expensive components in the system
500USD = 319 GBP
and 358 Euros
I guess i must live with the problem. Thanks
no problem. Is there anything else I can do for you today?