Powermac G5 won't start up

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by rdp5008, Aug 12, 2007.

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    rdp5008

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    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.
     
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    Killyp

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    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.
     
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    rdp5008

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    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!
     
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    FF_productions

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    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.
     
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    rdp5008

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    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!
     

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