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Oct. 12th, 2008 | 11:53 am
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Whew, it's a good thing I invested in my laptop. Sadly, my desktop's graphic card (or screen, not sure which) in on the fritz. After spending sometime scouring the net for a possible solution, I discovered that the repair bill is going to land somewhere between 700-800$ meaning, I am going to have to save up for the repair. I am not frantic as I thought I would be. The computer is still usable, but there is just a purple line that runs from the top to the bottom of the screen. The hard drive is still intact.

I should be able to submit it for repairs in December. In meantime, I will be just my dear trust laptop. This is one of those moments I am glad I am a computer freak!

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pandalamp

From: pandalamp
Date: Oct. 13th, 2008 02:07 am (UTC)
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Dude, if it's going to be that much you might as well just get a new desk top. I bet you can find a deal for cheaper. Especially if you look at the refurbished ones. Try ecost.com if you don't have luck at like bestbuy or one of those type places.

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hisensei808

From: hisensei808
Date: Oct. 13th, 2008 02:40 am (UTC)
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Ideally, if I had a PC, I would just buy a graphics card, or new monitor, or whatever... but because it's a MAC, and I need mac for my film and audio editing, it would be cheaper to just send it to apple and have them repair the going out and buy a cheap computer and all the software I would use for my music and film editing.

So, yea, thanks though.

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From: reyvin
Date: Oct. 13th, 2008 10:23 am (UTC)
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Oooooh. I was gonna say the same thing but yeah...Mac is different. That sucks. :( My iMac is broken too. System board I think. It's very sad. I can't afford to repair it but don't want to just toss it. It's a 21" iMac ffs. So yeah, I'm gonna do the same thing and save up to repair it.

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Diego's Lj

From: entropyx
Date: Oct. 13th, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)
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hmm even so depending on the card maybe you can buy it aftermarket cause poping and out a card on a desktop is pretty much cake.. and even if for legit apple parts 700-800 for a video card.. i call shananagins on that.. my 2 cents..

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hisensei808

From: hisensei808
Date: Oct. 13th, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
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Well, I am not sure if it's the card or the screen. If it's the screen, then that would be the price. If it's the card, I may just have to pay $300 for flat rate service. Either way, I have to take to apple for repair, sadly. I don't want to chance opening it up and breaking it permanently either. I would rather just send it back and have them assess what the problem is. But, yea, thanks for your 2 cents. I am just quoting my discovery off the net and some bloggers mentioned paying $6-800 for repairs.

I shall keep you posted though, when I do submit it (in about a month from now).

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Sapphire Phoenix

From: sapphire_heaven
Date: Oct. 13th, 2008 07:37 am (UTC)
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That's terrible! I need my desktop more than a laptop because my desktop can handle the high ram needed to run PaintShopPro and my super huge drawing scans. Computers are so expensive to repair these days, I hope you can find a good deal for repair.

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hisensei808

From: hisensei808
Date: Oct. 13th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
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hahahha, the only deal I am going to get is the one that Apple has. If I take it to any other repair shop....they will charge me more.

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Just call me Joe

From: usal_muaddib
Date: Oct. 13th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
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Is it new enough that the monitor is VGA? Or is it that old Apple only style of monitor?

If it's VGA you can plug the monitor into the back of the laptop and Fn-F8 to display on the monitor and see if it's the monitor or the video card.

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hisensei808

From: hisensei808
Date: Oct. 13th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
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I do believe it is a VGA. How would I go about hooking it up to the laptop?? Which cord would I use?? Thank for the advice, I am sure that will help me.

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Just call me Joe

From: usal_muaddib
Date: Oct. 13th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
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If it is VGA, the cable you currently use should have a blue 15-pin connector. You should find a plug on the back of the laptop that matches it (including color.)

When a second monitor is connected to a laptop, hold down the Fn key (it should be next to the left control key) and press the F8 key to cycle between the monitors (laptop, external and both at once.)

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