Those of you who follow my daily ramblings know that we took our older 2009 iMac into the Apple Store to have the hard drive replaced under a program from Apple that addresses possible early failures of 1 TB Seagate drives.
Courtesy of Apple
When we dropped the iMac off last Monday, the Apple Genius suggested that they might also be able to fix a long-standing display issue. The LCD looks fine on the right side, but the lower left side looks like twilight is falling. We brought it in to the Apple Store about a year ago, but decided that the replacement cost for the panel was too high. While the area of darkness is annoying, we've learned to live with it. This time, since the iMac had to be opened up anyway to replace the drive, the Genius offered to see if the problem might actually be the driver display board, which is a much less expensive fix.
We got the iMac back today, and I'm happy to report that we have a brand new 1 TB drive installed. All we need to do now is restore our data from a Time Machine backup, and we're back in business.
Unfortunately, the backlight driver board didn't fix the display problem. It looks like the problem is indeed the LCD panel, which we still don't think is worth the cost to repair. The problem seems to be stable; as long as it doesn't get worse, we can still use the Mac. If it does get worse, we can always hook the iMac up to an external display. We could also use it to drive the HDTV in our home theater system. In that case, we wouldn't really need the built-in display.
What would you do with an iMac that has a bad display, but is otherwise in fine shape? Leave a comment below and let us know.