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A friend of mine had a "little" accident with his newish
20-inch iMac G5. As well as the G5, his computer room had a 20-inch Sony monitor
precariously propped up on his desk and while he was reaching over and plugging
in a lead at the back, it slowly tumbled forward. As it did so, it nudged the
iMac G5 so that, like a chain of dominos, it too tumbled over onto its front. It
came to rest with its LCD screen hitting the edge of the keyboard and the heavy
Sony monitor then landing on top of it.
The Sony monitor then continued on its way, all the way to the
floor. By all accounts, my friend’s initial reaction was a stunned silence. The
rest is best left to your imagination. Let’s just say that those in the
immediate vicinity were made well aware of his profound unhappiness.
The iMac was off at the time and an initial quick survey of the
damage revealed nothing wrong. Unfortunately, it was quite a different story
when it booted up, the LCD screen displaying a conglomeration of crazy lines and
black blobs from where the crystalline structure had broken underneath.
Fig.1: despite the fall, the computer inside the damaged iMac G5 still worked normally, as this video grab of the signal going to the LCD panel reveals.
Fig.2: it was a different matter with the LCD panel itself, though. This picture, taken with a digital camera, clearly shows the cracks in the panel's crystalline structure.
Well, there was nothing for it – the LCD panel was beyond
repair and so it had to be replaced. However, my friend didn’t want to spend the
necessary money (about $1000 plus fitting) at an accredited Mac Service Centre
and so I was asked to investigate to see what could be done.
The first thing I had to do was find out what the part number
was for this panel but first I had to establish which iMac G5 we had here. There
are heaps of numbers all over the base of the computer and in the "About This
Computer" box. In fact, there are about seven 20-inch iMac G5 models but with
the aid of the serial number, I determined from the internet that this was a
fourth generation "early 2006 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo with iSight", Model No.
MA200LL EMC2105 M9845X/