View Full Version : PowerMac G5 making "bip bip" sound

Mar 20, 2007, 11:41 AM
Hello every one

first i want to make something clear: i am not on any illegal substance (at least not when i hear that weird sound :) ).

I hear from time to time a bipping sound coming from the powermac G5. it's a dual 2Ghz processor with 2Gb of Ram. It's been a few month now that from time to time i hear a "bip" sound coming out of the mac. It's at 1 or 2 second interval and it's not loud at all, you have to turn off all music around it to hear it. it almost sounds like a bomb type of sound (like in the movie).

At first i thought i was really crazy, even my wife told me stop working so late, but she also heard it.

it's really worrying me. I ran all possible test: OS and hardware and every thing comes out "A OK". The Mac does even act very well, nothing to complain about. So in a way it's more frustrating.

Did anybody had the same problem by any chance?
I did not find anything about this on the apple website.

I was thinking of the battery that we see on the mother board. it might a signal to say that it's almost done. I have seen some weird thing in the past for pc motherboard. Even though i love Mac and i am a MacAddict, i would not be surprise that something like that exist.

So if anybody has a solution, it would be greatly appreciated.


Mar 20, 2007, 02:05 PM
Our (0riginal) dual 2ghz G5 tower (server) at work makes all sorts of noises. It always has and I don't think anything of it.

Mar 22, 2007, 05:55 AM
thanks for your reply product26.

i hope your right. It's just weird to hear such noise. and actually a bit anoying from time to time.
it feels like there is a count down to something. just hope it's not a countdown to the end of its life......:eek:

i'll keep on looking around for some else having the same issue.



Mar 22, 2007, 06:08 AM
My Pioneer super drive like to beep, but if its more of a bip or a blip. I might check inside. Make sure that the cooling system is not leaking. Around a month ago someone posted a tread with pictures of their G5 after noticing a leak. Most likely you would see corrosion that looks like cauliflower :eek:

Father Jack
Mar 22, 2007, 06:14 AM
My G5 also made the odd "blip" sounds as well. That said it always worked perfectly. :)