2009 iMac 21" black screen of death

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dido_11, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. dido_11

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    i can hear the boot sound and whirring drive but nothing on screen... googled too many sites but no solutions... is it worth having repaired or i'll just buy a new one.... if the latter, how do i dispose my old iMac?

    thanks a lot.
     
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    you may try finding out if its just the screen that has a problem, by connecting an external monitor to your iMac. If it works, then you just extended the usefulness of the iMac. If the problem is the videocard, then it's a loss...

    *just in case your iMac still works with an external monitor, would you consider donating it for our choir scholars here in our rural area?
     
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    hi. thanks for the reply... im not a techie person so I dont know how to connect an external monitor :)

    Oh great, I would like to donate it but I want my files retrieved from the hard disk.



     
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    You would need:
    1. Apple mini-display port to VGA adaptor
    2. external LCD monitor with VGA port & cable

    Hook them up, then boot the iMac. Something should appear at the external screen...
     
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    If it's just the files you want, you can have a technician retrieve the storage drive inside and copy the contents to your external drive. Nomer of Ynzal can probably help you in both testing the external screen & retrieving files.

    http://www.ynzal.com/contact-us/
     
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    Thanks so much for the suggestion. we'll try to contact Ynzal...

     

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