Bought iMac G5 1.9 iSight.

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by appleish19, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. appleish19 macrumors regular


    Dec 4, 2014
    Hey everyone,

    I just bought a iMac G5 1.9 iSight with 2.5gb ram and 160gb hdd. My 2nd PowerPC. Came with an Apple keyboard and mouse. Planning on putting lepoard on it when it arrives.

    I'm planning on using photoshop, period games, light web browsing.

    Any tips to keep it running well and in good shape? Any tips overall for this model?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Personally, I love this machine. I think I'd throw a SSD in there. Other people can chime in but i am pretty sure this has the bad capacitor problem that plagued the iMac G5s. However, I can attest to owning the prior iMac G5 20" from early 2005 for five years running hot every day and NO problems at all, so it depends. (yours is the Late 2005 and final PPC revision of the iMac line.)
  3. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816


    Feb 17, 2013
    NorCal boonies ~~~by Reno sorta
    I am going to be more negative about it. I once owned a 1.9GHz iSight and after reflowing the logic board GPU twice I called it quits. And the screen had lines all down it in a magnitude of colors. I ended up dealing with it for a month.

    If yours is in tip top a shape, make sure it does not run for periods of time as they do get hot and the temperature is what ruins the LCD (panels are not cheap for a perfect one) and be sure to blow the dust out of it every so often to prevent a massive heat buildup.
  4. GoldfishRT macrumors 6502


    Jul 24, 2014
    This a problem with all iMac G5s or just the thinner iSight models?
  5. Dronecatcher macrumors 68030


    Jun 17, 2014
    Lincolnshire, UK
    I bought that model when it came out - controlling Front Row with the Apple Remote was a real eye opener - my daughter used to announce, "my Dad's got the coolest computer in the world!" :)

    If you want to do the CPU a favour, go into the power preferences and set Processor Performance to Reduced - although you're then no longer running at full speed.
  6. appleish19 thread starter macrumors regular


    Dec 4, 2014
    Apparently it's been in service from 2005 up until 2 months ago in an office environment. I think it's probably had any repairs then it might need to have had done already.

    i'll definitely install fan control and keep them at a good pace. I plan on cleaning it out with compressed air regularly.

    I definitely plan on using it not just letting it sit. :cool::)
  7. appleish19 thread starter macrumors regular


    Dec 4, 2014
    I'm thinking if it's made it this far with a lot of use daily then its probably one of the good/better ones. Would you guys concur? Would adding a fan be wise? I'm planning on web use, period gaming and office photoshop use. Found cs4 at a good price.
  8. nazuk macrumors 6502


    Dec 5, 2007
    England, UK
    I know you will only be using it for fairly light use, but even for web use - get rid of flash - it will drive the fan's bonkers and slow it down, and possibly lead to getting hotter.

    Safari or any web browser for that matter - will run much more smoothly with our flash. Throw in a good ad blocker for good measure to ensure you are not downloading the unwanted 80% of trackers and ads.

    Try it both ways, and you'll see what I mean.
  9. appleish19 thread starter macrumors regular


    Dec 4, 2014
    Oh I haven't had flash on my computers or year and a half. It's been one of the best things I've ever done. HTML5 is the way to go. I'm probably going to use leopard WebKit or ten four fox.

    The person who I bought it from said it had been fully serviced and tested before they put it up for sale so I'm hopeful and looking forward to getting it.

    My first desktop actually.
    I have lepoard, iLife 09, iWork 09, cs4 and xplane 8 (128mb video card:D) for it so I'm set.
    Definitely going to get some (responsible) use. She is a lady. ;)

    Now I'm eying a quad G5 or a Mac Pro decisions decisions.

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