iMac G5 Buy or No Buy?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by FlatlinerG, May 7, 2012.

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    FlatlinerG

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    Hey everyone. So I was just checking out some local buy/sell/trade sites today and came across an old iMac G5 for $150. The only issue with it is that it seems to have some weird lines going down the screen. Now these don't look like your typical vertical lines but somewhat different.

    I have attached a picture that they posted in the sale thread and was wondering if this is something that can easily be fixed software wise or if it is a definite hardware issue. I mean, for $150 I could pick this thing up, reinstall the OS, and have a halfway okay iMac for my office when needed.

    What do you guys think?
     

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    Intell

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    I think that's the infamous iMac G5 video card failure.
     
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    FlatlinerG

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    I take that as a "don't buy". Any other thoughts?
     
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    Hrududu

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    I fixed one of those with a heat gun. Its doable, but for $150 you could get a working one. Unless its loaded with RAM and its a 20" iSight model, I would pass.
     
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    G51989

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    I would pass on iMac G5s 100%, every single Apple guy I know personally says to stay the hell away from them, one of the reasons I went with a G5 Tower rather than a iMacG5. I had the choice of two at the place I got my G5, couple of techs ( even tho its actually a PC repair shop that has a Dell contract lol ) said to stay away from the iMacG5s, they have to many issues be worth it.
     
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    iMac G5's are all trash.
    Ugly, hot CPU, slow CPU, prone to GPU and PSU failure and have no benefits over a G5 PowerMac other than being smaller.
    They aren't "collectable" or attractive like the G3 and G4 iMacs.
     

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