I have the same symptom as Dr_Crowell on Jun 17, 2008, but the physical drive is brand new and in good working condition. I am able to partition it and journal it, but when I get to the 'select destination drive ' window during the OS install I either do not see the new disk or it is not selectable. Any ideas???
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Bad capacitors often cause the no-turn-on problem. This page has a good picture of what bad caps look like in the G5. If you see this trouble in your G5, you might be able to get this going. Kits of capacitors are available (here's the place I got some from) and If you're comfortable with electronic soldering and replacing parts on a printed circuit board, changing out the duds may be all that's needed. I've seen three of these now. On one, there was just a single bad cap that was keeping the computer from starting up. It's certainly worth looking into.
Hello, Sorry to hear you are having troubles,
Is this a 17” iMac G5, if it is, and I think it is, unfortunately, this iMac model was generation 1 of the all in one flat screen design and it's a bit of a Lemon... The hard Drive overheats the video card and the power supply. With time, these 2 elements burn out.
What you have sounds like the power supply.
it's a $300 repair, but, it might not be a good investment for you, the new power supply won't last much more than the first one and your video chip won't last much longer....
Best put the money and put it towards a new machine.
Sorry bout that.
Your Imac may be one of those affected by Apples purchase of inferior capacitators from Taiwan. If you are less than 3 years from the purchase date, apple will repair the problem for you for free. Just take the unit to your nearest local Apple Genius or tech. If you are outside of the repair extension guidelines, I have provided a link here which can show you or someone more skilled how to repair the problem. Ordering a new motherboard and power supply will set you back a lot of money, however the following guide and pdf give you step by step instructions on how to ressurrect your dead imac without speding more than $100.00. I was able to repair my imac using this guide and it was worth it to save a $2k computer that was only 3 1/2 years old. Check it out:
the following information (in italics and bold) is taken directly from: http://www.jimwarholic.com/2008/07/how-to-repair-apple-imac-g5.php. (this site is complete with instructions, manual and the full compliment of materials available at an extremely affordable and fair price. I took a chance and repaired my own, it is not as hard as it sounds1)
The iMac G5 Repair Extension Program for Video and Power Issues applies to first generation iMac G5 computers that have video or power-related issues as a result of a specific component failure. If your iMac G5 is exhibiting any of the symptoms listed below and your computer's serial number is within the noted ranges, your computer may be eligible for repair, free of charge. If Apple or an Apple Authorized Service Provider (AASP) determines that your iMac G5 computer is eligible as part of the program, the repair will be covered by Apple for up to three years from the original date of purchase even if your iMac G5 is out of warranty.
This is a worldwide Apple program. Affected systems will exhibit one of the following video- or power-related symptoms: Scrambled or distorted video No video No power Note: If your iMac G5 is not experiencing any of these symptoms, you do not have to contact Apple or any Apple Authorized Service Provider.
Which iMac G5 computers are affected by the iMac G5 Repair Extension Program for Video and Power Issues? The program is available for certain first generation iMac G5 models that were sold between approximately September 2004 and June 2005 featuring 17- and 20-inch displays with 1.6GHz and 1.8GHz G5 processors.
The affected iMac G5 computers have serial numbers where the first 5 digits fall into the ranges noted below.
Serial Number ranges: W8435xxxxxx - W8522xxxxxx QP435xxxxxx - QP522xxxxxx CK435xxxxxx - CK522xxxxxx YD435xxxxxx - YD522xxxxxx Some second generation iMac G5 computers have serial numbers that fall within the upper band of the ranges listed below. Only first generation iMac G5 computers are affected by this program. Where do I find the serial number of my iMac G5? The 11-digit serial number is located on a label under the foot of the iMac G5. There is a bar code underneath the serial number. To view the label, hold the sides of the iMac and gently lay the computer face down on a soft, clean towel or cloth.
Is the iMac G5 Repair Extension program available for other Apple computers?
This program applies only to the systems noted in this FAQ. Other versions of the iMac G5 line are not part of this program. Click here for more information on how to identify iMac G5 models
Free guide for how to repair the motherboard capacitors, rescue the hard drive and more.