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Topic: OT: SOS Mac Help Needed! (10 msgs / 179 lines)
1) From: Lynne Biziewski
I know this is very off topic - but I'm desperate! My warranty JUST ran out
on my iMac (of course!), and searches proved fruitless so far.
This is what happened - I was using a backup USB keyboard til the batteries
for my wireless keyboard were recharged. Put the batteries in, then
turned around & saw that my computer screen - everything, from browser page
to the desktop, etc., is now black & white, in a sort of negative reverse
image. This would be cool if it weren't so serious. (I'm writing on a black
background, white print right now...)
If people who are familiar w/the workings of Macs have any idea at all what
can be causing this, PLEASE email me privately.
Murphy just loves to work overtime with his stupid laws around here...
Lynne
lynnebizatgmail....

2) From: Derek Bradford
Some USB devices can cause a small power surge.  On the iMacs it tends
to affect the display power supply, causing the pixels on your screen
to reverse polarity, resulting in the white-on-black display you see.
Unfortunately, the result is often permanent.
Of course, that's a pile of bull.  :)  Have you tried rebooting?
These threads may help you out.http://www.macworld.com/forums/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Cat=0&NumberD7157&MainD5060http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum7329
--Derek
On 10/3/07, Lynne Biziewski  wrote:
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Every path but your own is the path of fate.  --Thoreau
www.blynic.com  ...Because all the good names were taken.

3) From: Lynne Biziewski
I knew my homeroast buddies would save the day! Thank you Rich - so simple:
command+option+ctrl+8
Could put it to music - now I'm back in business - only a million papers to
write, now!
Lynne
(who is SOOOOOOO happy now!)
On 10/2/07, Lynne Biziewski  wrote:
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There is nothing more powerful than the Spirit of a Woman who has lost
everything and then learned to reclaim it all.

4) From: Rich
I lay NO claim to iMac-pertise but I would shutdown, pull power plug, replace power plug and restart.  I 
have seen windows machines do this when fiddling with the keyboard plugs and this fixes them.
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From: Lynne Biziewski
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2007 11:41:43 -0400
I know this is very off topic - but I'm desperate! My warranty JUST ran out on my iMac (of course!), and 
searches proved fruitless so far. 
This is what happened - I was using a backup USB keyboard til the batteries for my wireless keyboard 
were recharged. Put the batteries in, then 
turned around & saw that my computer screen - everything, from browser page to the desktop, etc., is 
now black & white, in a sort of negative reverse 
image. This would be cool if it weren't so serious. (I'm writing on a black background, white print right 
now...) 
If people who are familiar w/the workings of Macs have any idea at all what can be causing this, PLEASE 
email me privately. 
Murphy just loves to work overtime with his stupid laws around here...
Lynne 
lynnebizatgmail....

5) From: Lynne Biziewski
Thanks, Rich - it was Rich Adams who came up with the winning combination. ;
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Yeah, the rebooting was the first thing I did - I have SO much work to
finish, and all I could think was - yep, warranty ran out
last month, so OF COURSE, it would break...
But I'm back to normal... whatever that is...
On 10/2/07, Rich  wrote:
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There is nothing more powerful than the Spirit of a Woman who has lost
everything and then learned to reclaim it all.

6) From: gin
as a mac user since 1983, pull the plug, the old cold boot should do it.
ginny
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7) From: Frank Parth
Lynne,
As others have pointed out, cmd-opt-cntrl-8, reverses the pixels on the screen. Useful in some circumstances, but 
generally best avoided.
However, there are other reported problems with wireless keyboards. If something flakey happens with your mac, the 
first troubleshooting step is usually to bring it back to its original condition.
If you ever have a problem again, e-mail me privately and I'll see if my 20 years experience with Macs can offer a 
solution.
Frank Parth
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8) From: Lynne Biziewski
Thanks so much, Frank. I think what happened is I hit those keys when I was
putting the recharged batteries back.
I will keep your email at hand, just in case... esp. since the darned
warranty just expired.
Lynne
(was kind of cool, but I don't want to see it again!)
On 10/2/07, Frank Parth  wrote:
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There is nothing more powerful than the Spirit of a Woman who has lost
everything and then learned to reclaim it all.

9) From: Mike Garfias
Lynne -
If your warranty JUST ran out, a nice friendly attitude and some  
pleading can sometimes work at the genius bar.  My Macbook Pro ate a  
logic board a month after the warranty ran out and Apple replaced it  
free.  (Not that yours is dead, but if it happens).
Mike
On Oct 2, 2007, at 9:08 AM, Lynne Biziewski wrote:
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10) From: Lynne Biziewski
Thanks, Mike - that's good to know. Everything's O.K. - for now.
Lynne
(waiting for the next shoe - or hard drive - to drop...)
On 10/4/07, Mike Garfias  wrote:
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There is nothing more powerful than the Spirit of a Woman who has lost
everything and then learned to reclaim it all.


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