View Full Version : Powermac G5 won't start up

Aug 12, 2007, 04:58 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, 05:01 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, 05:07 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, 05:26 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, 07:15 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!