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Portal83
Jun 13, 2009, 07:43 PM
My original iMac G5 had been experiencing some weird freezing for a couple months but I think it's finally dead. Today it was freezing constantly and weird crazy lines covered the screen. Next time, I came back to it and the lines were back and the fan was going nuts. I turned it off and now it's really screwed up from boot.

Is it safe to assume the thing's just been run into the ground and has now officially bit the dust?



eawmp1
Jun 13, 2009, 07:46 PM
Check your RAM. The same symptoms happened to me when I upgraded to a bad batch or RAM. Replacing the original working RAM fixed the problem until OWC sent me some new sticks.

ceezy3000
Jun 13, 2009, 07:52 PM
try everything you can!
1st: try resetting the pram by holding command+option+R+P when you turn it on.
2nd.try safebooting by holding shift on startup
3rd. try hitting it

Nukemkb
Jun 13, 2009, 07:59 PM
try everything you can!
1st: try resetting the pram by holding command+option+R+P when you turn it on.
2nd.try safebooting by holding shift on startup
3rd. try hitting it
My favorite choice!:D

Ttownbeast
Jun 13, 2009, 08:04 PM
It's not dead I'm sure probably just a hardware issue and a fresh reinstall will fix things right up. If I can keep a G4 working on bubblegum coat hangers duct tape and spit that's passing the 10 year mark I'm certain a G5 has a lot more life in it than that:D

Nukemkb
Jun 13, 2009, 08:13 PM
It's not dead I'm sure probably just a hardware issue and a fresh reinstall will fix things right up. If I can keep a G4 working on bubblegum coat hangers duct tape and spit that's passing the 10 year mark I'm certain a G5 has a lot more life in it than that:D

Darn right! :apple:

Shake 'n' Bake
Jun 13, 2009, 08:16 PM
It's not dead I'm sure probably just a hardware issue and a fresh reinstall will fix things right up. If I can keep a G4 working on bubblegum coat hangers duct tape and spit that's passing the 10 year mark I'm certain a G5 has a lot more life in it than that:D

Hardware isn't the OS. The OS is software and the computer itself is hardware.

Portal83
Jun 13, 2009, 08:18 PM
try everything you can!
1st: try resetting the pram by holding command+option+R+P when you turn it on.
2nd.try safebooting by holding shift on startup
3rd. try hitting it

Hehe, tried all 3 and switching the RAM but no change. At least my new MBP should get here Monday. I'll see if I can get far enough to wipe/reinstall but my superdrive hasn't worked much for about a year :)

Maybe I'll just pop out the HDD but I think my backup's up to date.

DoFoT9
Jun 13, 2009, 08:20 PM
no1 has mentioned this yet it could be the cause::

if the screen is going all crazy and liney they it could be

*pause*

the GPU!!!!

run the hardware test if you can!

eawmp1
Jun 13, 2009, 08:21 PM
But would the GPU cause the fan to go crazy? :confused:

DoFoT9
Jun 13, 2009, 08:22 PM
But would the GPU cause the fan to go crazy? :confused:

not neccesarily

Nukemkb
Jun 13, 2009, 08:24 PM
hardware test time! let us know...

Ttownbeast
Jun 13, 2009, 08:26 PM
Hardware isn't the OS. The OS is software and the computer itself is hardware.
You'd be surprised how a bad piece of ram or a fxxcked up PCI card can effect software over the course when the software is forced to operate under bad physical conditions and limitations that can lead to anomalies in the software's code, errors can build up over time.