G5 has died - won't boot or recognise HD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by gringo purves, Apr 14, 2010.

  1. gringo purves macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2010
    Hi all, first post on here begging for help!
    I have a G5 tower, PPC, and after opening it up to see if an old soundcard would fit the slots, I closed up and - nothing.
    My mac is whirring, fan activating as normal etc, but I'm getting nothing at all on screen, not even the dreaded question mark.
    I've tried booting from restore discs, which works fine until I specify which disc to restore/install, where the installation program doesn't even see my HD as a location.

    Any ideas? Logic board fried?
    Thanks in advance!
  2. Repo macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2009
    If Disk Utility can't see your HDD, it's probably bricked, unless you accidentally disconnected it while your computer was open. If the logic board was fried you wouldn't be able to boot up with the installation disk, so that's ok. Is there another HDD you have to troubleshoot with?
  3. gringo purves thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2010
    Fixed - a loose HDD, simple as that. Glad you lot aren't as dumb as me..!
    Thanks for the advice
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    Unless I'm very much mistaken, Power Macs have motherboards, not logic boards.

    Anyway, I'm glad to hear that you got everything sorted out.

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