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This is typically a bad or loose cable to the monitor inside the computer. While you can open the iMac, Apple doesn't make it easy. It requires special tools, and there is a lot of tape involved. You can go to an Apple store to get it fixed, or to most computer repair places. It will likely cost you a little more than doing it yourself, but if something gets messed up in the process, they will be on the hook for fixing it, while if you did it yourself, now you have two things to repair.

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This is typically a bad or loose cable to the monitor inside the computer. While you can open the iMac, Apple doesn't make it easy. It requires special tools, and there is a lot of tape involved. You can go to an Apple store to get it fixed, or to most computer repair places. It will likely cost you a little more than doing it yourself, but if something gets messed up in the process, they will be on the hook for fixing it, while if you did it yourself, now you have two things to repair.

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Generally, vertical lines running down the screen are a sign that the LCD is beginning to fail. It will only get worse the more is fails. I would recommend taking to an Apple Store, if you are under warranty they will fix the problem. If you are out of warranty, the cost isn't too high, less than $400 to replace the LCD in the computer.

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Although its possible for graphics processor failures to cause vertical lines, they more often create horizontal ones. The first culprit to check for a vertical line problem is the LVDS cable, which it turns out is not that expensive a part (not counting all the work there is in getting to it). To verify this, I would gently flex the cable while the iMac is open and operating, and see if the lines get better or worse. It may also be that the cable itself is fine and just a few of the connector pins at either end are intermittent, in which case it just needs reseating.

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heres someone who could help you http://www.gumtree.com/london/54/66321154.html

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How long is a piece of string? is the kind of question you've asked. I've a sneaking suspicion you'll get sick and tired of it before it finally goes.

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I have an iMac (version 10.4.11)....and have the vertical line problem. There are two thin vertical lines on the left side of the screen and a pink line down the middle of the screen. Is this problem...


the lcd is bad,for some strange reason this is becoming common with Imacs.I recently repaired about 30 with the same problem.The techs at apple wont say why this is hapening they prefer to replace parts.In your case you will have to replace the lcd display and the cable from the display to the logicboard and not the logicboard.
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COLOR VERTICAL LINES.


Vertical lines are problems that usually arise from either a bad lcd or video card ( GPU).

There is no fix, other than replacing the bad part.

If you want to do it yourself I've got service manuals, but unless you have experience it's no walk in the park.

Is it still under warranty?

You might be able to get an extended warranty through AppleCare.


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The line is an indication that there is a failure in the display, most times the failure will be limited to the line you see but occasionally the problem will spread, causing more lines. the only way to fix it is to have the display replaced.

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