So i've been posting some stuff lately linking to many different sites, but never quite talked about this problem.
I'm owner of an iMac, early 2006 model 17'' etc, whose serial number happens to be W860 U2N. Mine is a 1 year 9 months old machine i'm still paying for which happens to have developed quite some disgusting vertical permanent lines on the LCD.
I had my first line on October 26th, that is 1 year 6 months since i bought it, or simply six months since i was uncovered by warranty. Of all possible places it appeared just 5mm to the right of the iSight, that's practically in the middle of the screen.
Second line popped on December 5th, 40 days since the first one. This one divided my right side of the screen in to halves.
On December 21st my mac was in the mood for a new line. 16 days to draw a new one in between the first two.
My last one -but sadly not least one- is dated December 26th. This time it came to mess on my right side of the mac; close to the center but it could have annoyed somewhat less if it showed in between some other lines.
All lines are visible under dark colors and don't show at all when color is white (but they are there even if you can't see them).
So when I was blessed with this lines, i was quoted as so many other people around the links in this page, charges at around 700€. Simply, WOW.
Just how much is that? 700€ is 58% of a new iMac these days.
What's even interesting is this this analisys by iSuppli also quoted on AppleInsider which reveals
Apple Computer Inc.'s first desktop PC to be based on an Intel Corp.-manufactured microprocessor carries a Bill of Materials (BOM) cost of $873, according to preliminary data from iSuppli Corp.'s Teardown Analysis Service..
If this speculative Bill of materials were to be true, a 700€ (not messing with dollar-euro currency here) repair would mean an 80% of an original iMac.
But if this is not enough fun for the reader, how about knowing Aluminium iMacs, the current model, has aswell plenty of complaints over Apple Discussions Board and different places such as Macrumors forums?
Fixing my mac would cost let's say 700€.
Apple's mini-DVI to VGA adaptor costs 19€.
Attaching an external monitor would cost at around 200€.
What about that?
Update: 5th line January 6th... 11 days since the last one. Can't say I didn't expect it.