Here's the deal: My vintage, G3-based iMac, which had served me well for lo' these many years, is broken. It happened a few months ago, but only now am I getting ready to fix the thing. Thing is, I don't want to have to pay too much for it. What happened was that I had been surfing the Internet one Sunday morning and was at a strange site that wouldn't let me log off. Instead, the site kept spamming me with more and more screens. In frustration, I simply switched off the power. Then I restarted the power and then attempted to turn on the computer. Instead of booting up, the iMac instead flashed the dreaded question-mark icon at me. The poor little thing did not know what to boot up. At first, I put in a copy of Norton Utilities and was able to scan my drive. Files that I care deeply about appeared to be OK. So I turn the thing off for the time being. Next time I tried booting up to isolate what might be preventing the machine from starting properly. With Norton in the disc tray and me holding down the shift key while trying to start the machine, the iMac started making a clicking noise (a regular, easy-to-hear, repeating clicking noise). Frustrated, I switched the machine off. And later attempts at reloading the Norton disc proved futile. I called a few Apple dealers in town and was told by all of them that the diagnostic alone would run around $80. Then, of course, anything that was discovered amiss would also cost me. The bill could be at the very least $250-$300. I suppose that's what I'll end up doing. But I can't help but wonder if there is a Mac user here who might know of something else I could do. As it is, the machine is not worth much at all. But it's my machine, and it has a bunch of files I want to keep and the thing is laid out in a way that I really like. I've toyed with buying a used iMac and reloading what is on my present machine to it. Still, though, the irrational in me wants to keep this machine for some reason. Any ideas, Mac users?