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Macinposh
Oct 2, 2009, 10:25 AM
Soo,inherited a dual 2.0 G5 with a problem.

On startup,no chime and it either gives a double or triple led flash,depending on the memory stick config (4x1gb). Now pintpointing what the issue is.
Done the smu(?) reset from the mobo,reseated the memory etc.
Power goes on,you can hear optical and HDD spinning,fans blow normally,no beeps.

What could the issue be? Dead battery on mobo (probable?) ,dead mermorycontroller/mobo?

Anyone care to give pointers,I would be appreciated!

Cheers!



Dr.Pants
Oct 2, 2009, 10:57 AM
I'm not the best at these problems, but have you considered that you might have a bad DIMM? Try booting with different variations of matched pairs. If still nothing works, then it probably would be something on the logic board.

Macinposh
Oct 2, 2009, 11:42 AM
I'm not the best at these problems, but have you considered that you might have a bad DIMM? Try booting with different variations of matched pairs. If still nothing works, then it probably would be something on the logic board.

Yep,forgot to say that I tried all possible configs : single,single pair,all,different positions etc..
Afaik,the G5d2 needs its memory in pairs,going from 1/1 seating upwards?
If I put some weird memory combinations,it does the three flashes, if I seat them "proper",then the two.

The hdd spinups and random reads it does a bit against the logic board failure?
I mean,met one dead lb and it was basically mute,it didnt speed up the fans,ramp up the fans speed,engage ODD/HDD.

Sun Baked
Oct 2, 2009, 11:48 AM
About the Power Mac G5 (Late 2005) diagnostic LEDs (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2652?viewlocale=en_US)

Reset the SMU, is likely your current choice the alternatives suck...

Macinposh
Oct 2, 2009, 12:00 PM
Done the smu(?) reset from the mobo.


Reset the SMU, is likely your current choice the alternatives suck...


Hmm...
No fans of the failed battery theory? Old user said boot issue started to get more frequent. Wich speaks agains lb failure? Remember my old G4 doing the same thing.
Or,again,am I being too optimistic here?
:D

Sun Baked
Oct 2, 2009, 12:03 PM
Hmm...
No fans of the failed battery theory? Old user said boot issue started to get more frequent. Wich speaks agains lb failure? Remember my old G4 doing the same thing.
Or,again,am I being too optimistic here?
:D

Replace the battery ... always the cheapest alternative to replacing the mobo or power supply.

Most of the Mac I had the battery was just a PIA with the clock, though Apple did do some machines where the machine simply fails to boot when the battery dies.