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Worth Resurrecting iMac G5?

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davidw Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Mar 26, 2010 10:04 AM
Looking for helpful opinions and recommendations.

I have an iMac G5 Power PC with 2 gbs of RAM (pre-iSight) that recently crapped out on me with the the dreaded Error 36 Kernel Panic when trying to boot up.

I took the machine to MacAuthority for repair. The technician said it was bad news. The problem is a capacitor had leaked on the logic board. It would be possible to replace the logic board (for what I believe was in the neighborhood of $500) but he recommended I not do it. His reasons were that:

1.this machine would never be able to be upgraded from Tiger
2. the new logic board would only have a 90 day warranty. Something else could go wrong with the aging machine causing to spend even more in repair than the machine is worth.

Since I used the iMac G5 for business, I went ahead and replaced it with a new iMac 27" with an i7 processor and 8 gbs of RAM, but my question is what to do with the old iMac G5?

I see my alternatives as:

1. Sell off the iMac piece-meal (sticks of RAM, super drive etc) and recycle the rest. If so, what parts can be removed and sold separately?
2. Seek a cheaper way to repair the machine. Any ideas how to do that?

Appreciate any input.
iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 17 Processor; 8 gigs RAM
  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,875 points)
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    Mar 26, 2010 10:29 AM (in response to davidw)
    Not true. Maybe he meant Snow Leopard. You can run Leopard on it. If you don't have it, probably still available from Apple Phone Sales 1-800-692-7753 at the original price of $129 (Amazon now getting close to $300.)

    Check out these two places which offer more reasonable logic board repairs.

    If you don't mind packing it up and sending it, there are several places with good reputations that will be more reasonable. They will replace the bad caps, and maybe even better this way, since the logic board replacements from Apple are very unreliable.

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    iMac G3/400 OSX 10.4.11, iMac G5/1.6 OSX 10.5.8
  • spudnuty Level 5 Level 5 (5,250 points)
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    Mar 26, 2010 10:33 AM (in response to davidw)
    Hey David,
    neighborhood of $500

    That's a pretty expensive neighborhood:
    I had a client of mine send his there. It was a 20" ALS and it's been running great for 2 years not. Only thing was the power supply died and I replaced it for $80.
    this machine would never be able to be upgraded from Tiger

    Huh!? All mine are running Leopard just fine.
    90 day warranty

    Six month warranty at DT&T.
    recycle the rest

    Ohh before you did that I'd hope you consider donating it:
    Otherwise that DT&T quote is close to half the MacAuthority price.
    iMac G5 1.8 GHz G4s:MDD 2X1.2 eMac1.2 17" iMac 800, iBook G4-1.2 14" ,2 X P-IVs, Mac OS X (10.4.11)


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