Dead Power Mac

Hi
Recently my G5 power Mac simply stopped working (dead motherboard I’m told) and this of course forced me to buy a brand new 20" intel iMac. I don’t replacement was cost effective, certainly time didn’t permit this.

Now the carcass of the old power Mac lies in the corner of the office looking all forlorn.

Does anyone know if anyone buys these for parts/scrap etc?
Dave B


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On 6 Jun 2008, at 13:27, David B wrote:

Recently my G5 power Mac simply stopped working (dead motherboard
I’m told) and this of course forced me to buy a brand new 20" intel
iMac. I don’t replacement was cost effective, certainly time didn’t
permit this.

Now the carcass of the old power Mac lies in the corner of the
office looking all forlorn.

Does anyone know if anyone buys these for parts/scrap etc?

When you say “dead motherboard I’m told” do you actually know
that’s true? My G5 died recently and it turned out to be the power
supply. Cost me about £250, but that’s not so bad.

best wishes

Paul Bradforth

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When you say “dead motherboard I’m told” do you actually know
that’s true? My G5 died recently and it turned out to be the power
supply. Cost me about £250, but that’s not so bad.

Hi Paul,
Yes the dead mother board IS an assumption on my part, but we tested to see if power was getting to the machine ‘after’ the power supply - and it was. I guess I’m looking at a ‘worse case’ scenario, being a pessimistic sort!

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On 6 Jun 2008, at 16:27, David B wrote:

Hi Paul,
Yes the dead mother board IS an assumption on my part, but we
tested to see if power was getting to the machine ‘after’ the power
supply - and it was. I guess I’m looking at a ‘worse case’
scenario, being a pessimistic sort!

Oh well; worth checking …

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Paul Bradforth

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Those machines are VERY modular, you might find that a local (not Apple) repair facility can break it down and find the bad part. I went through three processor boards (inside the 90-day warrantee) before my G4 MDD would work reliably, but since then it’s been great.

Knocking on wood,

Walter


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If you decide that the cost of repair is not worth it, whatever it is, find a local Mac user group, see if anyone there has any interest. They might have a swap meet where you can sell it for parts, or give it to someone who has your bad part and can build a whole working Mac between the two.


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If you’re in the UK try:
http://www.2ndchancepc.co.uk/.

Don’t panic, they do Macs too! Look at their sitemap and check out the repair services. They might be able to help restore your G5. I believe they’ll do a diagnostic for about 40 quid.


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Ooh, that reminds me. eBay is full of “parts” from broken machines. A processor here, a hard drive there, pretty soon you’re talking real beer money!

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