help with deciding

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Ih8reno, May 3, 2014.

  1. Ih8reno macrumors 65816

    Ih8reno

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    I recently found an iMac g5 1.8ghz with isight for sale locally, the owner states in the ad that it takes 4-5 tries to boot it on but when it is on it works perfectly. Without seeing the machine what do you think the problem could be? I am thinking pram battery but not completely sure.
     
  2. harrymatic macrumors 6502

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    Failing electrolytic capacitors on the logic board - it affects nearly all of the iMac G5s. If you're good at soldering it's a fairly simple and cheap fix.
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    I concur that the capacitors are likely failing.
     
  4. LOLZpersonok macrumors 6502a

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    I honestly would stay away from it. The iMac G5 is known for logic board failures due to bad capacitors/power supplies/both. The issue the seller is describing could likely be related to the capacitor issue.

    The late 2006 iMac looks very similar, and I would say stay away from those too, they are known for faulty GPUs.
     
  5. Ih8reno thread starter macrumors 65816

    Ih8reno

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    Thanks for the info, I don't have any soldering skills so I'll let this one go.
     

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