This is my 24″ iMac an hour after it died. Yes everyone, it just stopped working!
Not a sound. I went online, via laptop, to the MacHelp pages. Hmmm. The logic board perhaps? Power supply?  I unplugged all the wires. I waited. I pressed the start button many many times. I left the room to let it (and me) have some quiet time. Not A SOUND. No hum, nothing.
And this was all hours before I was leaving for a week.
Never fear: I DO have Time Machine (which has absolutely saved me several times…) and a complete backup i.e. that little flat black box sitting just underneath.

This is what I came back to today. Husband had taken the beloved iMac to the hospital. Yes indeed, first they will install a new power supply to get it going to then see just what the problem is. But we think it IS the logic board i.e. motherboard. The inner workings of the computer and not to be confused with the hard drive.
So this is what I’m using for now. Thank goodness for the laptop. But I’m still missing some critical Photoshop files and really, most of my iPhoto files. I don’t transfer them over here on a regular basis.
So then, the question becomes: do I pay for this repair or go all the way and get a new computer? My operating system is Snow Leopard (up from Leopard just three months ago). A new computer would have  Mountain Lion. Of course, there is the money issue. But then again, we have known I would have to go the “new” route for some time: my machine is just so slow these days and has been having problems on and off. On the other hand, I just do NOT have time right now to deal with any learning curve involved in Mountain Lion.
Computer stories anyone? You DO backup, right????
And yes, I will stick with my older iMac for a while; let’s hope I can make it last through the year!


  1. oh no! this is my biggest fear. Hope they can fix it.

  2. I feel for you. I went through this twice in the last year. I'm on my 3rd laptop. I use Mozy to back up my computers so I didn't lose anything as far as I know. I should really have another back up source like an external HD. I think that's the best way to do it.

    I went from Windows to Lion and it is so different but I got used to it pretty quickly. I bet you'll be fine

  3. This sends a shiver of fear up my spine. I lost photos of the design work I did in Florida and did not have a back up. Gone. My laptop like your is on it's last legs but I did get a new Macbook Air that's fun and light.

  4. I have an IMac and haven't had any trouble with…knock on wood. How old is your Mac? Ours is about 3 years old. I hope this doesn't happen to ours! We do have back-up

  5. Oh no – what a nightmare – as you know I'm just about to get a new computer…. they are a necessary evil, aren't they? Sorry I don't have any advice since I'm between the pc & mac systems.
    Good luck, I hope you get it resolved quickly.

  6. Hey everyone: thanks for your comments and sympathy! I don't really see a problem looming: I will get my old computer back, fully loaded with all my files, rehook-up the back-up drive, and be done with it! For a while. I will buy a whole new computer and the new operating system by the end of the year…

  7. My Mac is alive and well in Belize. I backed up using Carbonite, and when I lost it (well, stupidly left it)on the train, Carbonite tracked the new files to a guy with a tourist shop on the islands. Now, like Libby, I'm back to a pc laptop.