11 Replies Latest reply: Apr 29, 2011 2:15 PM by romko23
mack7 Level 1 (0 points)

My G5 is dead and I have purchased a MacBook Pro.  Earlier I took my G5 tower into the local Genius bar because it wasn't working and they let me know my hard drive was okay even though my tower was not but when I purchased my MacBook, the guy refused to load my old hard drive into my new laptop.  He said they needed a whole tower that was functioning.  That does not seem right to me.  Does anyone know what Apple policy is on this issue?

 

Also, I'd like to recycle my G5 tower.  Does anyone know what the Apple gift certificate is for doing that with them?

 

My new laptop does not support my old cinema display.  No way to plug it in.  Anyone know whether my 21" 2003 cinema display could be matched with my new laptop?

 

Thanks from S

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,252 points)

    Hi, no idea on their plicy, but you can use Migration Assistant on your new Mac by pulling the drive out of the G5 & using one of these...

     

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech/U2NV2SPATA/

     

    What kind of connection does the Cinema Display have, there miniDisplay Connector to other converters, but ADC would be a big problem...

     

    There's 3 possible types, ADC...

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    VGA & DVI...

     

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  • mack7 Level 1 (0 points)

    Looks like I have a DVI.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,252 points)
  • tdbmoss Level 1 (80 points)

    You'd be better off selling your old G5 on eBay or similar than returning it to Apple, even dead they still sell for a good price for parts/repair - also going that way will mean it is used again or used to help repair other ones. I don't think Apple would give you anything for it if you gave it to them, there is an option to value older machines online but it doesn't look like they will pay anything for one that does not start up.

  • mack7 Level 1 (0 points)

    Very helpful information.  I'm ordering the drive adapter now, will probably sell on ebay and will try to work out my monitor's resolution.

     

    Thanks a lot.

  • romko23 Level 2 (395 points)

    Sorry, to interrupt, but what G5 is it? Was it a G5 Quad or one of the earlier G5's?

  • mack7 Level 1 (0 points)

    It's a dual 1.8.

  • mack7 Level 1 (0 points)

    I bought it in 2003.

  • romko23 Level 2 (395 points)

    Ah, ok.. reason I asked is if you are still interested in staying with a PPC mac, the G5 Quad or even the dual core 2.3 would be better choices as those use PCIe for the graphics slots and architecture in general. While not really future proof, you would certainly have more options compared to AGP based G5's.

  • tdbmoss Level 1 (80 points)

    Don't forget that the liquid-cooled Quads have a lot of serious problems with coolant leakage though - for reliability I'd go with one of the latest aircooled ones like the dualie 2.3, they still offer high performance but without the risk of leakage which will destroy the entire machine unless caught early (and could be dangerous too).

  • romko23 Level 2 (395 points)

    Ok, I forgot to mention that, sorry.. But in most cases there have been reports of more leakages with the earlier Dual 2.5 and 2.7 respectively. Have a look at this url which shows the LCS failure rate for the Quads only is around 1 percent.

     

    http://www.fusina.net/G5_coolant_leaks/index-stats.php

     

    And if you DO happen to get a Quad, make sure its from 2006 as Apple switched to a much better and more reliable liquid cooling method. One more caveat: the G5 runs HOT!! Mkae sure your ambient room temperature isn't too stuffy, otherwise when you go to run the Thermal Calibration to silence the fans on a hot day the program will report over temp errors and not calibrate - I had this happen to me last night, but when I took my Quad outside to test it Thermal Calibration worked great and no LEDS came on while in the "stuffy" room.