Leaking PowerMac G5

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by brilli, May 19, 2009.

  1. brilli macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    I just got a used and broken PowerMac from a friend, its a mid 2004 model with watercooling thats sadly started to leak. I think the psu still work, but the mac dont start, just a red light and a black screen. Furthermore, i have tried too disassemble the cooling unit with no luck.

    So the question are; can somebody link or upload the service manual for my PowerMac?

    All answears are greatly appreciated.
    Best regards Brilli
     
  2. tobyg macrumors 6502a

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    Put it back together.

    Go read the stories of the leaks on www.xlr8yourmac.com

    Attempt to bring it into Apple and have them either fix or replace your leaky G5 with a new Mac Pro.

    I've been looking for people selling these for cheap or free, as that's what I'd try to do. Even if it's not in warranty anymore, Apple is still fixing and replacing some machines. It all depends on how nice they want to be.
     
  3. 300D macrumors 65816

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    Your computer is already dead. You'll need new CPUs at the least and more likely a logic board too.
     
  4. aibo macrumors 6502

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    This eventually happens to every liquid-cooled G5, so it's not worth repairing. Read all the reports on xlr8yourmac. Apple is having a tough time sourcing repair parts, and is instead giving up and replacing some with new Mac Pros.
     
  5. sigmadog macrumors 6502a

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    I always thought the liquid-cooled consumer computer was a bad idea. I was surprised Apple made them. I was even more surprised anyone bought one.
     
  6. aibo macrumors 6502

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    it was a desperate time, with the G5 chip standing still with clock speeds. I think the liquid cooling idea was the only way to get a modest speed bump out of the chip.
     
  7. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    Yep. I got a new Mac Pro after my G5 died...3 months after my Apple Care expired too. It didn't leak or anything, but the logic board died 3 times and they couldn't find parts.
     
  8. voyagerd macrumors 65816

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    I'm taking a leaking 2.5 to my Apple Store. I'll let you know what happens. Wish me luck!
     
  9. DeuceDeuce macrumors 6502a

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    Very interested to see what happens. Luck sent your way!
     
  10. voyagerd macrumors 65816

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    They had me QuickDrop it and I'll hear back from them in a couple days.
     
  11. 300D macrumors 65816

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    You'll get diddly unless you're lucky enough to get an incompetent "genius".
     
  12. voyagerd macrumors 65816

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    Okay, the store quoted me about $2500 for the repair, so I started going through the regular channels to get an exception. The manager of the store said to call Apple Care, the guy forwarded me to a product expert guy, and he's sending the problem to the "engineers." I'm not sure what they had to do about customer relations and business stuff, but apparently they have the final say.

    Most people on http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/systems/G5_coolant_leaks.html
    have had good luck, so I hope I can get it repaired or replaced.
     
  13. zmttoxics macrumors 65816

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    The both of you are most likely SOL unless it was just coming off of warranty.
     
  14. voyagerd macrumors 65816

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    All the people on that xlr8yourmac page were out of warranty
     
  15. zmttoxics macrumors 65816

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    True, but there is also a bunch of people that were rejected.
     
  16. voyagerd macrumors 65816

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    Well, there's no hurt in trying. I got the thing for free.
     
  17. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I would think it would be covered due to defect. No?
     
  18. voyagerd macrumors 65816

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    It's up the the engineers to determine it and it's handled on a case by case basis.
     
  19. voyagerd macrumors 65816

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    I just got a call back from Apple and they said that they will be covering the cost of repair! Woot!
     
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  22. ski2moro macrumors 6502

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    Hmmm. A neighbor has a G5 sitting in his basement. He found it in a foreclosure that he purchased. (You wouldn't believe all the stuff these folks left when they abandoned the house.)

    What should I tell him to look for - which model, which year etc.?
     
  23. voyagerd macrumors 65816

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    Look in junkyards? I found mine just sitting in my school's engineering building abandoned.
     
  24. voyagerd macrumors 65816

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    If it leaked, there would most likely be evidence of it on the bottom of the computer under the heatsinks when you open it up. The one I found was a June 2004 mode. The Dual 2.5GHz model is the one with the liquid cooling. The Early 2005 2.7GHz and the Late 2005 Quad 2.5 also have the LCS.
     
  25. ski2moro macrumors 6502

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    My neighbor's is a g5 dual processor powermac, with 2 water-cooled PPC processors. The case is in very good condition. He thinks the logic board is bad. I could not see any corrosion or obvious water leakage.

    Without obvious water damage, how can I tell if that is the cause?

    What else do I need to look for?

    If Apple will repair or replace this due to a problem, I will pursue it further.

    Help me out here.
     

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