PowerMac G5 logic board problem?

Kenny Pollock

macrumors regular
Original poster
Aug 26, 2003
Hollywood, FL
An old teacher of mine offered to sell me his G5... said it's dead... and I can probably pick it up pretty cheap if I can get some advice here.

Apple Care expired months ago. He said he moved it from his house to the school, and it stopped working. He can hit the power button, the white light comes on but doesn't stay on.

He took it to the local Apple Store, and they said it's "probably" the logic board, and that it would be $900 to replace.

Any suggestions? If I can pick it up for mere money and spend a little to get it running, I'm all for it!


macrumors 6502
Oct 17, 2004
Unfortunately most OEM motherboards tend to be quite expensive to replace. This is the case with laptops as you can't use an alternate motherboard from another manufacturer. However apple charging $900 for a desktop motherboard is a bit rich. I guess they know that finding a compatible motherboard is surprisingly difficult.

I think the motherboard is somehow tied to the cpu, so you'd need to find the same model of a dead G5 on ebay and grab its board if you want to pay any less than apples extortionist price. Probably would be too early in the G5's life to find many dead ones.

I'd say skip it. Best you can do is sell the machine for parts.