Question about Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop

2 Answers

PowerPC G4 switch-on problem

Hello,

I have an older PowerPC G4. It refuses to switch on after it is switched off for some period of time. After pushing the power button it lights on for a second and then immediately switch off again. I have to make some pause and try again in some 5-10 minutes. Then after switching on it gives the well-known switch-on tone but after few seconds switches off again. And I have to repeat this again and again and finally it turns-on and start-up the system. After some 10-15 minutes of proper running it switches-off again...

I am almost 100% positive it is an hardware problem. As it is an older computer I am wondering if it all can be caused by its empty battery (small battery which is the part of the computer).

I hope you can help. Thanks a lot and best regards from Prague, Czech Republic.

Branko

Posted by on

2 Answers

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Novelist:

    An expert who has written 50 answers of more than 400 characters.

    Champion:

    An expert who has answered 200 questions.

  • Expert
  • 233 Answers

A dead battery would not cause this. I run older Macs with a dead batteries all the time. I would start by checking the power supply.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    MVP:

    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Scholar:

    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.

    Hot-Shot:

    An expert who has answered 20 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 38 Answers

Hi Branko
Rather than forking money out for a battery. There are a couple of things I really need to know first. Have you changed anything on the machine recently? What OS are you running. How much memory (ram) Size of hard drive.

As you are running quite an old mac these details are important to identify the problem.

Paul

Posted on Nov 19, 2008

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Need to download adobe flash player fo my iBookG4


Go to this page:
Adobe Install different version of Adobe Flash Player

Then click the link on the bottom-left that says this:
"If your operating system/browser combination is not displayed, click here for older versions of Adobe Flash Player.

May 22, 2014 | Apple iBook G4 Refurbished Mac Notebook -...

1 Answer

Can't installed DVD to my ibook g4 PowerPC


The G4 PowerPC is not an Intel chip. The DVD you are trying to install is possibly for Windows / Intel chip motherboards, not PowerPC.

That said, the are tiny jumpers / connectors on the back of the DVD. If you are attaching the DVD to a cable that also has a hard drive attached, you probably need to move the jumper to the SL or slave position CS, or Cable Select does not work on a lot of older systems.

Most DVD's either stamp on the metal housing what the different jumper positions are, or else you will need to look at the instructions or find a PDF of the manual online.

All the best to you,
Kerry Hostetter

May 20, 2014 | Apple Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard

1 Answer

My Nancy Drew computer game won't work


Hi longview924,

Unfortunately there is no way to make that game run on your mac. Your mac uses the older powerPC architecture (all G3, G4 and G5 macintosh machines use this architecture) but the game requires that you have a mac using the newer intel architecture.

I found the details of the system requirements here:
http://www.buzz99.com/1167/nancy-drew-trail-of-the-twister-system-requirements/

Intel and PowerPC processors are very different in how they work (Intel chips are CISC chips and powerPC chips are RISC chips), which is why there is no way around it. This is also the reason why apple dropped support for the powerPC architecture in mac OS 10.6 upwards.

Without meaning to sound harsh, it may be time to consider an upgrade - macs are very expensive but the intel macbooks are leaps and bounds faster than the powerPC range :)

Jul 03, 2012 | Video Game Consoles & Games

1 Answer

What is G4


Hello,

This is Apple's way of keeping track of which 'Generation' of computers they are in. G4 would be Generation 4.

Good Luck
C2S

Jun 28, 2010 | Apple (R) Xserve(R) G4 Server Computer...

1 Answer

PowerPc to an intel proccessor.


The G4 powerbook Im typing this on is running 10.5.8. It is only snow lepeord that is intel only.You cannot upgrade the g4 chip.

Oct 18, 2009 | Apple iMac G5 Desktop

1 Answer

Transferring software and files from PowerPC G3 to PowerMac G4


to mount somthing in a mac is basicly cutting it on for use.
'
For example if you instal a flash drive or an hard drive via an out side connection, The mac will mount it so you can use it.

Aug 09, 2009 | Computers & Internet

1 Answer

450 MHz PowerPC G4


It is definitely not worth it to try and repair / upgrade your older PowerPC, the minimac will be a significant upgrade and will probably cost about the same if not less.

Jun 07, 2009 | Tripp Lite PowerPC G4 , 450 MHz...

1 Answer

Can i upgrade my powerpc G3 to a powerpc G4


An older version of Micro$oft should work.

May 17, 2009 | Apple Computers & Internet

2 Answers

Need User or Owner's Manual for Mac PowerPC G4


Mac help is built into the operating system on your computer. There really aren't any paper manuals for them. Here is a link to Apple's web site that should get you started: http://www.apple.com/support/imac/g4/

Dec 28, 2007 | Apple Macintosh Server G4

Not finding what you are looking for?
Apple Power Mac G5 Desktop Logo

Related Topics:

170 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Apple Computers & Internet Experts

paulcarew

Level 3 Expert

2430 Answers

Martin Buck
Martin Buck

Level 2 Expert

82 Answers

Paul Bade

Level 3 Expert

1489 Answers

Are you an Apple Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...