3021 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 29, 2011 7:30 AM by JenW
Currently Being ModeratedJan 26, 2011 6:50 AM (in response to JenW)Hi Jen,
As you can see from my profile, I like to keep machines around awhile
That said, the G5 is an aging machine, does not run the latest OS, 10.6, and is limited in memory capacity. However, if the machine meets your needs and serves you well it is hard to simply say replace it.
A new hard drive installed will be on the order of a couple-to-few hundred dollars depending on where you have it done, or do it yourself. Depending on your G5 model it may be an easy task to change yourself, for some others a hard task.
The new iMacs are beautiful, fast, lots of memory, huge hard drives, and so on. Very tempting. You can get a good price idea by just looking at the Apple on-line store, find a model that meets your needs.
Hope this helps.
RalphiMac G5 17", Mac OS X (10.4.11), iPad (4.2.1); PM 7600/132+G4/450 (Mac OS 9.1)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2011 12:19 AM (in response to JenW)Well I would do this first, Try using Disk Utility to do a Disk Repair, as shown in this link, while booted up on your install disk.
You could have some directory corruption. Let us know what errors Disk Utility reports and if DU was able to repair them. Disk Utility's Disk Repair is not perfect and may not find or repair all directory issues. A stronger utility may be required to finish the job.
After that Repair Permissions.
No need to report Permissions errors....we all get them.
Post back if this didn't help!
DALEMacPro, 3.0GHz Dual C., 5 GB, X1900, 30"ACD,Airport Extreme,HP C7180 Printer,, Mac OS X (10.6.6), G4 Gigabit E. 1GHz OWC 10.4.11, 1.62MB MacBook Pro Late '08, 15", 2.4GHz, 4GB
Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2011 5:18 AM (in response to JenW)If you have the budget, I highly suggest a new Intel Mac since, the new Mac mini is a lovely machine. As much as I still have my G4 iMac, because of its PPC processer, its use is very limited, because Apple stopped supporting PPC (the last OSX can install on it is Leopard, and also my favorite site Netflix Watch instatnly won't play on it. but keep your iMac as a collector's item tho, may twenty years later you can sell it for $20.000!mac mini, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2011 5:30 AM (in response to JenW)If your mac is one without the iSight, hard drive replace seems extremely simple and a hard disk as spare part should cost ~50$
Search for right guide here http://www.ifixit.com/Browse/Mac
Good luckMacBook Pro 2.2 15", Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2011 7:30 AM (in response to Dale Weisshaar)Dale - Thanks for the info, but unfortunately, my problem is completely mechanical. I brought the iMac into the apple store & had them look at it. He told me that there is nothing to run for disk repair/disk utility/etc. because the computer physically does not work.
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