View Full Version : Powermac G5 won't start up
Aug 12, 2007, 05:58 PM
I am looking at an Apple PowerMac G5 1.6MHZ 1 GB Ram 160GB HD from craigslist.
The guy wants $200 for it. He says it turns on, but nothing happens. How much would you pay for a machine like this? What are common causes for this, is it an easy fix?
I am looking for a second computer for home use and I want something to play around with and upgrade for fun. I primarily use my Powerbook G4 for work.
Aug 12, 2007, 06:01 PM
That's a big no-go for me.
I doubt you'd see much speed improvement over a G4, plus the early G5s were notoriously unreliable.
A second hand CoreDuo MacMini will give you better performance.
Aug 12, 2007, 06:07 PM
Is it something I could fix? I like tinkering around with these things, and I prefer the PowerMac over the mini.
I'm also looking at some older G4 machines, so the speed isn't entirely critical.
Thanks for the quick reply!
Aug 12, 2007, 06:26 PM
It could be an expensive repair, thats the problem
My G5's repair cost was 600 bucks to do the logic board.
I didn't pay that of course cuz it would be stupid.
Aug 13, 2007, 08:15 PM
So I ended up buying the PowerMac G5 despite all of the advice from you guys on the forum! I paid significantly less than the $200 the seller was asking, so I figure if I can't get it up and running easily I can sell off the parts. (Or have a sweet looking paper weight, desk art, etc...)
160 GB HDD, 1 gig original apple ram, nice video card, original superdrive...
Stay tuned, I'll let you know what happens!