Power surge killed my wife's iMac

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  1. agent0068

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    :wtc: looks like the logic board, no less
     
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    Surge protector didn't prevent that?
     
  3. agent0068

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    nope. hopefully i can dig up some guarantee from the surge protector company...otherwise, i'm out a few hundred :(
     
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    which model? on a side note, does warranty cover something like that?
     
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    iMac G5, the ambient light sensor kind. we've had it for like 1.5 years and I never bought Applecare, so I am out of any warranty. sadly, the store guy wouldn't sell me any post-mortem Applecare (was worth a shot, right?). :( i'm not sure how or if it would have been covered though--i imagine the logic board parts would be covered. so aggravating to potentially lose such a young computer...since i have so much spare cash at this time of year and all. :o
     
  7. Jack Imhoff

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    That happened to me too. Except my cat knocked a glass of water over and it dumped onto my UPS. It fried my logic board on my mini. Took it into the store and I was one week out of warranty. I as well tried to get applecare unsuccessfully. The Genius quoted me at $300 some dollars to fix it. I held off and found a logic board online for 120. Replaced it myself and it's been fine ever since.
     
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    eek. you can get a macbook pro for 10 offers...search google "free macbook pro"

    head over to conga madness if u need assistance.
     
  9. agent0068

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    i appreciate the encouragement. i'll let you know what the official word is from apple when i hear back from them (fingers crossed for fried RAM instead)
     
  10. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    Surge protectors don't protect shit. If you really want to protect your computer then buy a battery backup:

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  11. agent0068

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    isn't that just a surge protector w/backup power, therefore still vulnerable to surges?
     
  12. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    I'm pretty sure it sips off the battery, 'cause I got some real fucked up electricity where I live and my computer is fine.
     
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    Ups will run the computers off the batteries and recharge the batteries through the electrical. So they provide a good solid source of power without any surges or brown outs, and the battery also provides protection against large surges like lighting strikes. They are the best thing to use for equipment.
     
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    ah, good to know
     
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    i just bought 2 of those ups units on black friday for $20 a piece

    one for the computer one for the tivo

    can't you just buy applecare on apple.com, then wait a month and report a claim?
     
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    my understanding is you can only buy applecare within the warranty period of the machine.
     
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    hmm, i don't know, howcome they still sell applecare on ipod minis and emacs?
     
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    i finally got the news and lucked out big time: a fried RAM connector! that's a hell of a lot cheaper than a new logic board :)
     
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    congrats! what's the wallet damage at?
     
  20. agent0068

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    i pick it up this afternoon, but i think it was like $175 or so for RAM + labor. a crappy price for RAM, but a good price for a repair as far as I'm concerned
     

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