G5 iMac - horror stories. A risky purchase?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Runaway, Jun 14, 2005.

  1. Runaway macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2005
    I have read countless threads on many Apple discussion boards about G5 iMacs breaking down, going weird, screwing up and all needing various repairs from midplane (logic board) replacements, to shoddy RAM needing replacing and various noise and display issues due to failing capacitors.

    I was going to buy one, but I've been frightened off like you wouldn't believe.

    Is there anyone here who can put my mind at rest, or is it common knowledge now to steer clear of the G5 iMac until Apple addresses the problem?
  2. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    Seems like those problems have disappeared with the REV B machines.

    I wouldn't hesitate a minute.

    I love mine.
  3. aldo macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2003
    England, UK
    The quality of Apple's goods in the last 3-5 years is exceptionally shoddy. I know of no other computer manufacturer that has _4_ legal settlements/recalls on the ir homepage.

    Don't bother buying an iMac yet. Wait until the intel switchover -- you'll regret spending $1000s on a obselete machine otherwise.
  4. Josh macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2004
    State College, PA
    I don't know about the majority of them, or if the problem is common knowledge or anything, but I did indeed have a horrible experience with mine.

    I had to personally replace the power supply twice, and the midplane once (each with about 1 week wait for parts, and lots of busy work (aka wasted time).

    That never did anything. It was insanely loud (apple engineer on the phone asked if there was an air conditioner running).

    They refused to replace it no matter how polite, angry, or the number of times I called.

    3 months into owning it, the screen went out, and Apple themselves replaced the midpane and LCD. Fixed the screen, but this time it was even louder.

    I took it to the store, and showed them first hand the noise - they even took me into the back to a quieter room, and the mac was buzzing like mad. They said "Well, it's within spec, so there is nothing we can do."

    I have a thread about it somewhere that got really big and shocked a lot of people.

    I'd never buy an iMac G5 again, but that's just me. I'm sure my problem was not the norm at all, but that seriously made me madder than anything in the world.

    I want a new iBook soon, but after dealing with Apple from the iMac, I'm scared to buy another apple product again :(
  5. Runaway thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2005
    I thought I might be safe with a REV B machine, but how do I tell if the shop is selling me a REV B and not a REV A they couldn't shift earlier? :)

    Also, I have still read about a few logic board problems on new REV Bs on the Apple discussion board which is weird.
  6. Runaway thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2005
    Yeah, I'm reading LOTS of these stories... it seems very common, and I don't understand why Apple haven't done a product recall!
  7. Savage Henry macrumors 65816

    Savage Henry

    Feb 20, 2004
    in a one horse, two house, three pub town.
    Buy the Rev B. It's the best machine my fingers have ever graced.

    As for wait until Intel?? PAH !!! iMacs won't see the chips for a long while. Obsolescence is relative to the your own requirements.

    I can understand reluctance based on faulty units being quoted, but threads tend to be based on that .... how many times do you see a thread saying "My iMac is Lovely"?
  8. slu macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2004
    Meh. This again.

    If you need/want it buy it. What types of posts do you think would be on a support message board?

    There are such things as a warranty and Apple Care to put your mind at ease.
  9. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    That's because no one is going to post to MR saying "My IMAC is working FINE! NEED TO KNOW WHAT TO DO ASAP!!!!!!!!!
  10. topgunn macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2004
    On a related note, I was over at barefeats.com and noticed this.
  11. Willy S macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2005
    My Rev A is working perfectly after one month usage. So far, no complaints.
  12. killuminati macrumors 68020


    Dec 6, 2004
    I have a 17" Rev B and it is the best purchase I have ever made. Not a single complaint.
  13. Josh macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2004
    State College, PA
    lol...I had both, and take a look at what good that did:


    Apple support gave me more greif than the actuall iMac did.
  14. thedude110 macrumors 68020


    Jun 13, 2005
    I use a Rev B 20'' iMac at work and have had only two problems (neither of which are hardware problems, as far as I know!):

    1. Too much blue screening. Can't tell you how many times the thing hangs on shut down.

    2. The (formerly) white keyboard (I know, I know -- my dirty fingers are a topic for another thread).

    Otherwise, it's a sweet machine. Buy a Rev B iMac now and wait for the Rev B Intel machines before diving into that water ...
  15. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    Give me a break with this "obsolete machine" BS.

    God, I wish this Intel thing would go away.
  16. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    My Rev A 20" iMac G5 running sweetly since January.
  17. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Your lack of awareness does not constitute fact. Try Googling Packard-Bell, NEC, eMachines, Toshiba, IBM for high standards of quality and lawsuits.

    I disagree almost completely. The iMac G5 is the best bang-for-buck machine out there. Fast, inexpensive, beautiful screen, good software.

    The entire premise that the forthcoming Intel based Macs makes all current PPC based Macs obsolete and undesirable is so wrongheaded, and based on a series of flawed assumptions (Apple dropping support for OS10.4 PPC and OS10.5PPC within 2-4 years, Intel based machines being absurdly inexpensive, software companies somehow missing the message and producing x86 only binaries) The primary assumption is that the OP is willing and able to do without their new machine for 1 -2 years while they wait as per your advice.

    Get the iMac. It's a great machine now, it will run the software you put on it today INDEFINITELY, and it's entirely your choice whether or not the machine is ever obsoleted -- that only happens (with any computer platform BTW) when YOU decide you have to have a new program that demands more than the computer has to offer.

    And what if you decide in 2 years that the intel Mac is the one for you? Then you sell the iMac, buy the new whatever, and you've had the use of a beautiful machine that has cost you net $300 - $500 per year. Good return by any measure.
  18. lopresmb macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    --the Rev B has a Radeon Graphics card with 128 mb Video RAM most notably, and this is true of all REV B iMacs, regardless of other specs...
  19. Bozola macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2002
    So close to Redmond, I can smell it!
    I love my revB.. it's SO gorgeous, SO quiet, SO fast.

    It's the best iMac ever...

    ok.. I am bit biased...

  20. killuminati macrumors 68020


    Dec 6, 2004
    I know, I kind of wish that Apple didn't even make it public until right before the new Macs were released. They should have just secretly told the developers what to do but not actually made any public announcement. I am so damn sick of people talking about.
  21. paulypants macrumors 6502a


    Jun 17, 2003
    Buffalo, NY
    A totally irresponsible comment, 3-5 yrs? Are you sure? Define exceptionally shoddy. I know of many issues with PC vendors does that mean they are also exceptionally shoddy? Only a fool would consider it an obsolete machine, in a year or so the G6 could have come out, would that have meant G5 purchases now would have been obsolete purchases is you had known? Nope. It's noy obsolete unless the newer version is out RIGHT NOW. It's not, so disconnect your keyboard so you won't be able to spread anymore of your FUD.
  22. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I'm keeping my iMac G5 until it dies. It does get a little noisy when importing music off of CD's in iTunes but otherwise it's quiet.
  23. Xenious macrumors 6502a

    Mar 22, 2004
    Texas, USA
    My wife's 3 month old 20" G5 1.8GHz iMac (rev A) just lost a drive. I learned the powerful backup lesson that one nasty event teaches us. SMART status said the drive was fine when we powered it off to go on holiday, but when we came back it wouldn't recognize the drive on boot.
  24. Cooknn macrumors 68020


    Aug 23, 2003
    Fort Myers, FL
    I have setup and currently support 3 - 20" iMac G5 rev A's for my son, his grandmother (on the ex's side) and my bosses daughter. No problems whatsoever. No support necessary either. It's a beautiful thing :D
  25. yoda13 macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2003
    Thank you

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