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New G5, Need to Test!

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bubbamj Calculating status...
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Jan 30, 2013 6:50 PM

Ive had a PowerMac G4 MDD dual 1.33GHz for a while now, and I finally decided to upgrade to a G5. I know all the pros and cons to PPC's vs Intel, but I didnt want to spend $600~ on a first gen Mac Pro. Instead I got myself a fully functional (as far as I can tell!) PowerMac G5 Quad 2.5GHz model. It has dual 120GB HDDs in RAID 0, a Superdrive, 6GB RAM, and a Geforce 6600.


Anyway, my question was where can I obtain ASD 2.6.3 and AHT 2.5.2 to test everything to make sure it's all funtional 100%? Also, I tried googling it, but I cant seem to find out which is the last version of CHUD for the quad G5 that can use NAP mode like my MDD.


Help would be fantastic! Thanks guys!

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.4.6), G5 Quad 2.5GHz
  • edex67 Level 4 Level 4 (3,235 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 8:44 AM (in response to bubbamj)

    Just for future info, you could have bought a Mac mini that would have left the X4 G5 and the 1st gen Mac Pro in the dust (not to belittle your buying decision, the Quad is a very nice machine).

    Anyway, I would take a look at Macintosh Garden for AHT. If not, you might have to go to a local Authorised Reseller and see if they have AHT.

  • BitterCreek Calculating status...
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    Jan 31, 2013 9:59 AM (in response to edex67)

    Except the 7 year old graphics card in his G5 is more powerful than the current mini's integrated GPU.


    Your G5 is  in NAP mode during every idle CPU cycle. There is a utility to disable the NAP mode in your G5 which will significantly increase power consumption and heat.

  • BitterCreek Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 10:23 AM (in response to bubbamj)

    Google for "Apple_Service_Diagnostic_Disks_25_GB"

  • edex67 Level 4 Level 4 (3,235 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 11:06 AM (in response to BitterCreek)

    No it's not. The HD 4000 isn't as bad as you think, in fact it's more powerful than the GT630M.

    The Apple Hardware Tests are machine specific, you might find something on eBay. Macintosh Garden has some AHTs, but it might not have 2.5.2. Also, be suspicious of certain sources *cough*torrents*cough*, I've had bad experiences getting AHT for my iMac G3 from torrents.

  • romko23 Calculating status...
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    Jan 31, 2013 10:36 PM (in response to bubbamj)

    You will require ASD 2.6.3 - Email me privately and ye shall have.. Besides, ASD is by far much better for diagnositics with the G5 Quad whereas AHT gives CRYPTIC and confusing codes which mean nothing unless one knows assembly or binary(as I do).


    ASD 2.6.3 is what you need.


    Hope this helps



  • romko23 Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 11:41 PM (in response to bubbamj)

    Well, at least my advice did help you out.. I have the 7800 GTX 512MB which is a PC card with Mac firmware. Yes, with 16GB of DDR2 memory and this card your performance could possibly outnumber the first generation Mac Pros.. Those are the 2006 models, esp the lower GHZ model 2.0 ghz and 2.66 ghz.


    Actually, once you get into the Clovertown machines then your G5's performance won't match those Mac Pros. So, at best the 2006 Mac Pros you can beat

  • romko23 Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 11:44 PM (in response to bubbamj)

    Make sure you have the SINGLE pump LCS.. those were the more reliable. The dual pumps are not so reliable. I used to own a G5 Quad with a dual-pump, but it died on me within 5 months of owning the machine. The single pump G5's came out towards the very end.. around May-August 2006.


    The dual-pump G5 LCS overtime would gum a lot and cause disproportionate cooling of the CPUS which eventually could lead to LCS failure. I have never heard of or seen a single pump LCS burst or leak.


    The G5 dual 2.5 from 2004, 2.7 from Early 2005 have been known to leak more than the Late 2005 Quad.

  • BitterCreek Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 2:42 AM (in response to bubbamj)

    Nothing you do to the G5 will enable it to beat the first gen Mac Pro. Even the bare bones quad 2.0ghz model with a 5770 will beat a G5 in every catagory.


    And FYI, the X1900 is more powerful than the 7800GTX.

  • edex67 Level 4 Level 4 (3,235 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 9:29 AM (in response to bubbamj)

    The HD 4000 beats my NVIDIA 8600GTX in several unscientific Windows-based tests (Boot Camp on my Mini vs. Windows on my custom built tower from 06), and the GT630M is more powerful than both the 7800GTX and X1900.

    To find out, this thread may help:

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