My old G5 finally died! :(

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Zoreke, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. Zoreke macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    WOW 7 years of work! tons of photoshop, illustrator and PDFs!

    I was waiting for this moment but not right now that I don't have the $$ to get a new macpro... :D

    Macs are a great value...


  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Ever heard of backup?

    Guess what? My 10+ year old PowerMac G4 server is still running 24/7 perfectly.
  3. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    For like a whole $100 you could get a new (used) G5, if you want.

    For print design (photoshop, illustrator and the like) you could get a much less expensive mac and still have more power than your old G5.

    Not sure I'd get a Mac Pro unless video encoding or something was a primary use.
  4. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    I don't think the OP implied data loss at all, just that the machine had been used for those tasks for 7 years.
  5. Zoreke thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Yes, the info is OK (both HDs) and everything is backed up, but the smoke coming out of the machine was a bad sing... :)

    I'm thinking on a new MBP (one the new design is out)

  6. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

    Mar 25, 2009
    Folding space
    My wife is still plugging along happily with her PowerBook G4. The original Ti book. Sorry to hear about your system. Now you have to edit your sig...:cool:

  7. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    My Gen1 Intel iMac is still going strong... 6 years old and the only thing it needs is a new HDD, great value IMHO.
  8. Zoreke thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Yes great value for the money!

    It is going to be so good to get a new MBP!!! :D (with antigare screen of curse)


    Now how do I change my signature..
  9. kainjow Moderator emeritus


    Jun 15, 2000
  10. ktbubster macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2007
    i'm curious too.

    Depending on what went out on it, you can get anywhere from 100-300 bucks on ebay for it for parts.

    Even just the enclosure you can get about 70 for.... that's about 50 bucks cash after fees, not bad to put towards a laptop case or something :)
  11. toddybody Guest


    May 13, 2010
    On Mars, thinking about my father...
    Smoke out the back? Yeesh. Could be several things...IMO, Id check out the PWS first. Would be a shame to scrap the entire system on something that may be easily remedied.

    Ha ha ha! If able, Id totally use it as a "legitimate reason" to get yourself a new iMac once the refresh hits. :D
  12. Zoreke thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2010
    OK I as waiting for this to happen to get a new mac.... but I think I can still save this G5, it was a nice file server...

    I think the video card is damaged, the screen doesn't work anymore, the power adaptor is gone too. (old 20"aluminum cinema display), but I checked and the computer starts up but there's the burnt smell coming out of it si I stopped my tests...

    I need to take it to the ishop... I hope it is just an easy to replace thing, a friend of mine has two empty (no RAM or HD) G5s sitting at his office and he can give me some spare parts...

    It is still a good machine and I'm starting to miss it (all my music was there) and I used to back up photos and other files for archive to DVDs lster on, and ocassionally to do some work in illustrator....

    To bad that the screen is dead too... :(


  13. Old Muley macrumors 6502a

    Old Muley

    Jan 6, 2009
    Titletown USA
    My G5 soldered on for a good 6 years or so before it eventually gave up the ghost. If memory serves me correctly, I bought it new in 2004 and gave it to my parents in 2009 after I bought my current iMac. They used it for a year until it let go. It would power up, but without a start-up chime and wouldn't go any further. I was able to briefly revive it by removing all the internal components and reseating them, but that proved to be only a temporary fix. Ultimately I ended up selling it for a couple hundred dollars on eBay for parts.

    I really like this computer and got a ton of use out of it.
  14. Jim Campbell macrumors 6502a

    Jim Campbell

    Dec 6, 2006
    A World of my Own; UK
    I ran my G4 450 from '99 to '06 and I've never regretted retiring a machine as much. Upgraded it as far as 9.2 so that I could run InDesign 2.0, which turned me into a strong InDesign advocate back then, and it served me faithfully for those seven years. The machine and the 17" CRT Studio Display cost me, I think, an eye-watering £3.5K but paid for themselves many times over.


  15. Greenjeens, Apr 30, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2011

    Greenjeens macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2005
    Funny those computers cost LOT lot of money. Even though they are eclipsed power and capacity wise many times over. How many of you think that your 2011 imac will have processor upgrades available and keep running smoothly in 2021? OR just end in a puff of smoke and a burnt ciircuit board? My uncle gave me that G4 400 and he already went through one iMac that burned up the power supply and then the finally the whole board, shortly after insurance expired. They don't make them like they used to!
    I don't care much for the imac design. It just traps a lot of heat and provides little room for expansion or for hooking up externals. But I got one because it's affordable!
    I found out, not on the internet, but from a repair shop, where my uncle bought a new 2007 aluminum iMac, that the G5's that I always drooled over, especially the later model dual core, faster Power PC versions, had a huge number of cooling fans and a water/fluid cooled design that failed more often than not, taking some, very expensive to replace parts, out as the coolant puddled. The latter G5s came with an absorbent pad on the bottom to collect the leaking fluid, before one of the main boards shorted in a liquid bath, should the owner miss the tell tale first drip marks. Not exactly the the best fix one would expect for a top of the line Apple...

    Apparently those leaking G5s were responsible for keeping the repair shops quite busy and were sorely missed as the intel processors showed better thermal characteristics even with more power and of course NO NEED FOR LIQUID COOLING SCHEMES. I am not sure what percentage of the liquid cooled G5s failed but I suspect it will be most of them because the same material used for sealing the system. At least that's what I remember. Yet I never heard about the leaking G5s anywhere on the internet, or Mac newsgroups. But a a Mac shop. Seems like kinda of a big screw up to get missed?

    My year 2000 G4 just kept accepting more expensive upgrades, even as the price probably stayed less than $100 and it keeps on running although some applications and the later itunes would slow it down, even though I upgraded the processor from a 400mhz single to a 1.5mhz single with an OWC kit and maxed the RAM. Replacing a video card fan and just adding more air movement with another carefully aimed accessory fan I sure hoped has helped for the the extra noise created.

    I believe the most important fan, is one I mounted at the top rear just outside the existing fan, to help move hot air completely out of the case. Especially useful during hot days when the room gets very warm. I suspect that one fan gets overlooked and as you can only cool off only so much blowing the same hot internal air over the interior boards!
    No problems, but I have religiously increased air flow, both to internal components like the video card and processor and air movement with any upgrades after hearing so many stories of Power PC macs burning up after upgrading to more powerful aftermarket processors.

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