"Dead" iMac G5 score

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by d-oost, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. d-oost macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2016
    So when picking up my grandparents today, I convinced my mom to also go pick something up I bought online: A "dead" iMac G5. Seller said it didn't boot, and also lacked a HDD. I thought it was probably bad caps. Threw him a bid of €5 ($5,50 US), and he accepted it. So, after we got home with the grandparents (they live quite a bit away, they're visiting us and a few other family members, and sleep over here), I decided to see what it did. To my utter surprise, plugging it in and hitting the power button resulted in a chime and a Finder Question Mark folder icon. I quickly grabbed a disc to test, and went for an iBook G4 OS X 10.3 disc. Now, I know by now that doesn't exactly work (PPC Mac Slack group explained this to me, don't worry), as the graphics were messed up (tiny screen in pixelated black and white) and the fans were going overdrive. However, when I put the iMac G4 in TDM and booted the G5 with the FW cable linking them, it booted Tiger fine and now just acts as if nothing is wrong. Have put some stress on this computer, but I can't get it to fail! I still need to get and install a HDD, so when I do that, I will check for bloating caps, but so far, so good. It could use a bit of a polishing job, but so do the G4 towers.
    My PPC Mac collection quite grew in the last few months (I had 0 in November, I now have 6 functional machines and 2 dead machines), and this score definitely fits in the collection! Am also picking up an eMac when returning the grandparents tomorrow, most likely the 1.42GHz Radeon 9600 machine, the best one of the line. Can't wait!
  2. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    Nice. The original iMac G5s can be wonderful machines - I got a 20" 1.8GHz model for free from my fiancé's aunt a while back that was absolutely pristine, even with the original box and everything. Throw an SSD into that sucker and watch it fly :)
  3. d-oost thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2016
    Mine's the 17" 2.0GHz model. It currently has 1 stick of 1GB DDR RAM, so throwing another RAM and a compatible SSD (I heard these are picky on SATA3 SSDs) should indeed make a nifty little all-purpose computer!
  4. redhatcode29 macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2014
    Kuala Lumpur

    lucky aren't you ! i obtained one of this 20" too, but it ia an eyesight model, also it was dead as mentioned by the seller.

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