Everyone with a G5 iMac: How's yours holding up?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by juro, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. juro macrumors member

    Nov 11, 2007
    Got the Rev 2 G5 (ALS) and I have to say, it's still holding up pretty well for me. Still on Tiger, though. Not sure if the jump to Leopard will be worth it yet.

    How are your G5s after all these years?
  2. redAPPLE macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    G5 iMac works fine. i could even run fcp on it... but no rendering for me tho. :)
  3. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    Jump to Leoprad! Once you've used it for a few weeks you won't be able to imagine going back.
  4. amiga macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2006
    My iMac G5 iSight needed some work with in its first year but since then its been solid (Fingers crossed). I had a tough time with a Power Mac G5 though... :(
  5. Mydel macrumors 6502a


    Apr 8, 2006
    Sometimes here mostly there
    On my G5 2.1Ghz super drive died few weeks ago. Need to order new one. But beside of that everything runs perfectly. Pity that opening G5 with isight is such a pain though...
  6. cmcbridejr macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2007
    Alpharetta, GA
    My iMac G5 is doing well. No problems since 2005.

    I feel married to it because of all the proprietary software that will not work with Intel/Leopard (FCP, CS2, Ableton 5, etc - all student editions).

    Though my girlfriend's MacBook is certainly more "advanced" technology, the G5 still accomplishes what I want.

    However, I have been lusting for a new computer that runs Leopard, Vista, and Ubuntu all in one.
  7. mcavjame macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2008
    phased to this universe
    Just sold mine a week and a half ago and it was in pretty good shape. It ran much better after a clean install of leopard. The buyer was wowed by the 20" screen. I guess they were used to their 15" PC style monitor.
  8. 210 macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2004
    London, England
    iMac G5

    I bought mine as soon as it was made available to buy in the UK. Something went wrong with it after 9 months but as it was still in warranty I got it fixed for free. Since then, I have had no problems with it. Installed 1GB of RAM and Leopard and it's stunning. Only problem I have is I would love to have iSight. Unless something happens to it, I won't get a new iMac until OS 10.6 as I have a feeling the G5 might struggle with it.
  9. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    My Rev. A is still going strong. Recently replaced the power supply but have had no other problems. I'll probably replace it by the end of the year. Time to go Intel.
  10. eji macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2004
    Inland Empire
    My Rev.B, purchased in mid-2005, started going haywire about two months ago. SuperDrive errors, then VRAM errors, then fan/SMU errors. AppleCare ultimately swapped it with the base model from the new Al iMacs.

    I recently blogged about the very positive AppleCare experience.
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    The SATA controller blew up on mine (also an ALS / Rev. B 17") last year. Otherwise, it's been fine. I think speedwise, it's starting to show its age. I'm not in a huge hurry to upgrade, although I'd probably have been more inclined to do so if the SATA issue hadn't happened (as it is, it'll probably be hard to re-sell an iMac that needs its drive to be in an external enclosure...).

    These days, I generally surf and play on my Eee, but my iMac maintains my 2 gigs of e-mail, my iPhoto and iTunes libraries, manages all my iPods and iPhone, etc. So it still receives regular use.
  12. zea mays macrumors 6502a

    zea mays

    Feb 10, 2007
    Mine died last month. :( It was a Rev A 20" G5. It had had the logic board (bad capacitors), hard drive and power supply all replaced under warranty. I also had two wireless mice replaced as well. It died a spectacular death when the logic board went bad again. Not exactly sure what went wrong as it was ~$800.00 to replace the board and we opted to get a new intel iMac. I'm sad though. I loved that computer and would have happily kept using it. I was able to sell it for parts, though.
  13. iSightG5 macrumors newbie


    Mar 28, 2008
    Bought my 20" iSight just over two years ago as my first apple and its been great! My super drive just became finicky as far as what brand dvd-r it will burn but just bought an enclosure and burner for $50 and everything is going well again. Also upgraded to Leopard a couple months back and only have issues with known Leopard problems so I can't complain about my G5!
  14. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    Rev. B user here and my iMac G5 hasn't missed a beat. And as it isn't an iSight model, I recently opened it up to get rid of some dust after there's been a little redecoration going on in the room. Still running Tiger and I don't really plan to upgrade to Leopard on this iMac. The feature I'd probably find most useful is Spaces and I've already got Desktop Manager for that.

    This will probably be my main computer until 2009, when I plan to get an MBP. And this iMac will soldier on as my parent's main machine.

    Great read, thanks for that.
  15. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I might do that... they have some pretty scary ancient computers over there. But then dealing with getting them up to speed on OS X, coming from a "I have 65 icons on my desktop and a hundred little things that pop up from the tray" Windows mentality isn't a pleasant thought....
  16. Zortrium macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2003
    The HD in my Rev. B just developed click-o-death syndrome and failed three days ago, but I haven't had any problems apart from that, so I guess that's not too bad for 2.5 years.
  17. Saar macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2008
    All 5 of our Rev. A's had to have the power supply and various related parts replaced at least once. One went back twice and another went back three times.

    Other than that, they're doing ok. Running Leopard.
  18. buffalo macrumors 65816

    Jun 5, 2005
    Colorado Springs / Ohio
    I have a Rev. B iMac, 17" 2.0GHz and 512 RAM bought back in August 2005 I guess it's still running well, but I would love to send this across the room to replace my mom's computer and have them buy a new iMac. The iMac sure does lag compared to my MacBook though, in all aspects.
  19. mschmitt macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2007
    My logic board died in November, three days after Apple Care expired. It was an original iMac G5 17".
  20. cmcbridejr macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2007
    Alpharetta, GA
    Ugh! What luck!

    Did you even attempt to talk with Apple Care?
  21. Madmic23 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2004
    My Rev B is running great. I upgraded to Leopard when it came out. I did an archive and install. I'm thinking of backing everything up and doing a clean install just to get rid of old crap that I don't use anymore.

    I've upgraded the RAM to 1 GB from 512 MB. I might bump up the ram a bit more in the future. Still a solid machine!
  22. ingenious macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2004
    Washington, D.C.
    I have a Rev. B 2.0 GHz 20 incher and it's been going nuts.

    It will just randomly go on the blink and kernel panic when going to sleep or it won't back up my other external (properly formatted, of course) to my TM drive... all sorts of crazy stuff.

    They replaced the RAM about two months ago, and the KPs have slowed, but they're increasing in frequency again. I'm going to have to take it back in.

  23. marcg007 macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2003
    Boston area
    My brother and I got one for

    my mom just before the switch to Intel. I knew the switch was coming but didn't want my mom to be burdened with the potential first Gen issues. Just maxed out the RAM and installed Leopard and it continues to run great as far as I know.
  24. MacHappytjg macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2008
    my brothers 1.83ghz runs faster than my intel core duo macbook and its been running good ever since bought
  25. mergelayers macrumors newbie


    Mar 30, 2008
    The one we have at my office was purchsed immediately after they came out. At the time of purchase I upgraded to 1gb of ram. It's been running quite nicely all this time. I work for a newspaper and some of our machinery runs solely on classic applications, and occassionally things will malfunction and I have to reinstall classic. And about six months ago, it started shutting itself down multiple times per day. The fans would start raging and the machine would either shut down or go to sleep with no warning. This problem was solved by opening the tower and blowing the dust out of the fans and off of the heatsink. The heatsink was actually so caked in dust you couldn't even see it. Other than those issues, it has been a very reliable machine..being used between 12 and 16 hours per day since we bought it.

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