I am a Tech Provider-subcontractor who receives work orders for national consumer products warranty repairs on Computers, laptops, Servers, Printers, Point-of-Sale Kiosks electronics such as Digital Photo Printers, Credit Card Readers, Scanners, etc. For commercial and residential customers.
Usually, the work order instructions are pretty cut and clear, giving the product manufacturer and model numbers, as well as what the specific problem is and what is expected to resolve the problem. This time in the text field for model it said: "Unknown". Well, usually that is a challenge for me.
I don't want to go into great detail about this particular job that was routed to me.. accept to say it was a residential customer, an end user with an Apple iMac Panther 10.5.3. I do not know much about MACs. (Read that as, " I don't know anything about MACS")
And because of the vague language and work order notes for this project I didnt know it was a MAC til I arrived at the residence.
I will tell you,, this machine was an older model, I think 2001 or 2002,,,, and it was a beauty.. nice to look at... I think it is called Indingo,,, I was immediately fascinated with MACS ..love at first site.. because of the craftmanship, uniqueness and the technology put into the machine.
Anyway, the problem the customer had was with connectivity; could not connect to the internet.
And I, the service technician, was dispatched after phone support went through all the troubleshooting steps when there is a networking issue.
They actually just wanted me to go look at the machine, see what part was needed to correct the problem: nic card, new system board, router or modem, etc. And to supply or order the part myself and they would reimburse me. (The antennae should have went up then, lol)
I did the physical checks; cat5 cable, swapping it, putting it into my laptop to test connection, looking for damage, spills..etc., Network adapter properties, DHCP, driver, pinging,, the works... Diagnosis; most likely a hardware problem.
So, I called MAC support to inquire about part or parts to solve the issue.
Now this is what baffled me. No one could find parts for this model and year. ???????
I was on hold for so long and phone forwarded to different levels,,, I was beginning to wonder. I gave up and escalated the call back to my contractor. Little did I know that is why they dispatched me, because they could not find the part to make resolution to the problem. (I'm laughing here).
A couple of days later, they sent me an email note that they found parts and put them on order to be shipped to the customer's residence and a new work order ticket was made to install for later.
" Found the following part for this serial number per Apple Support: AirPort Card - Part# M7600LL/B and Support for optional 11-Mbps AirPort Card; IEEE 802.11 DSSS compliant "
So, I'm thinking,, hmmm.. when I looked at the Spec sheet for this model, I did not remember seeing anything about "AIRPORT" . I knew the customer did not have wireless. But not knowing about MACs,,, "what did I know'? Maybe it was Airport ready or Capable?
I didn't think about it any longer, because most likely some other tech would get the work order on the new ticket when the part arrived at the customer's residence.
Well, about a week later, this lady, the customer, calls me on the phone and said that the Tech Support called her and said those parts could not be ordered, were not available. She asked me what did it mean? Duh, I thought. Just that.
I told her I would find out if the machine had reached some sort of "non-support" stage or is obsolete. And another thing, she said there is no " replacement of equal value" for the machine. Something that was stated in the extended warranty language, I guess, when the machine could not be fixed, you get another one? So, is the machine THAT old? Obsolete? I cannot imagine that to be the case.
So, any help or information regarding this issue would be appreciated. Calling MAC TECHS, owners, etc.
Again the model is iMAC Panther 10.5.3 Indigo. Actually I was looking forward to opening that baby up after I looked at diagrams and photos of the inside.
p.s. I have been thinking about ownership and been reading all about Leopard.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts , advice, solutions.
One more Post Script: I did tell the customer that she can connect using USB jack on her DSL modem, into the MAC machine. So all is not lost.