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My Apple G5 Popped And Died  
User currently offlineCmb320 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 413 posts, RR: 6
Posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2427 times:

HELP!

As I pressed the power button on my Power Mac G5 Tower, I saw sparks inside and there was a loud gunshot pop! Bang!

Now it won't turn on at all.

I'm taking it to the Apple store tomorrow, but in the meantime I'm going crazy trying to figure out what went wrong with it?

Anybody know?

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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2417 times:

Sounds like some kind of short circuit, possibly in the PSU. I had something like that happen to one of my computers once, although the short circuit was caused by my CD-ROM player back then, and it fried everything except the floppy drive. I doubt the Apple store will be able to repair everything without major replacements.

User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21442 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2408 times:

That sounds pretty bad... it is almost certainly related to the power supply as you've described it.

A major failure there may also affect the motherboard or other components, so it could be rather serious. Sad

But maybe you're lucky (relatively, within your misfortune) and a replacement power supply can remedy the fault.

Do you still have warranty?

Good luck!


User currently offlineCMB320 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 413 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2394 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 2):
Do you still have warranty?

Yes, got a good long warranty.

I'm hoping they can fix it right away, but I doubt it. I have so much work to do and I just bought $800 worth of Adobe software to revamp our products for the new year.

Now what? Crap.


User currently offlineHawaiian717 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3190 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2379 times:

How long it will take to fix depends on what the extent of the problem turns out to be and what parts the store has in stock. If all it is is a dead power supply and they have them in stock, they ought to be able to replace it pretty quickly. On the other extreme, if the damage is pretty severe, they might be able to just pull the hard drive and put it in another machine.

User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2363 times:

Quoting Hawaiian717 (Reply 4):
On the other extreme, if the damage is pretty severe, they might be able to just pull the hard drive and put it in another machine.

Sometimes you may not even be that lucky. When my other computer got fried, everything was dead, even the harddrive. Those short circuits can be pretty nasty.


User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 968 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2363 times:

Quoting CMB320 (Reply 3):
I have so much work to do and I just bought $800 worth of Adobe software to revamp our products for the new year.

I assume you have the original software and product keys? Worse case you get a new system and re-install everything.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21442 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2361 times:

Quoting CMB320 (Reply 3):
Yes, got a good long warranty.

Very good!

Quoting CMB320 (Reply 3):
I'm hoping they can fix it right away, but I doubt it. I have so much work to do and I just bought $800 worth of Adobe software to revamp our products for the new year.

If the repair should take longer, ask for a replacement machine - even if you'd have to rent one during the repair it may still be worth it if your project is in fact urgent enough...


User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2359 times:

If it's a replacement warranty perhaps you could just request a new one if the current one is finished. I don't know what else to tell you, hopefully it all works out1

User currently offlineCMB320 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 413 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

Thanks everybody for the input. I took it to the Apple store this morning and it was in fact the power supply. They had three in-stock so they're working on it right now. Should be ready to be picked up in just a bit. So far so good... I guess we'll find out once power is back if anything else is screwed up.

Keeping my fingers crossed.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21442 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2285 times:

Good news so far - I hope your actual computer will turn out okay!  Smile

User currently offlineCMB320 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 413 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

All is well... computer works fine. The repair was free under the protection plan. Turns out it would have been nearly $400 to repair without the plan.

Thanks everybody for your quick responses.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21442 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2199 times:

Excellent news!  bigthumbsup 

I've bought AppleCare with my MacBook Pro as well - I hope I'll never have to use it, but one major defect after expiration of the normal warranty could already make it a bargain.

I hope it'll remain a singular event for you - and that you'll still be able to complete your project in time. All the best!  Smile


User currently offlineSiren From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 313 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2176 times:

Quoting Cmb320 (Thread starter):
As I pressed the power button on my Power Mac G5 Tower, I saw sparks inside and there was a loud gunshot pop! Bang!

Like everybody said, probably the power supply. But, as it blew as badly as it did, chances are it took the motherboard along with it. You're looking at a replacement machine, courtesy of Apple...


User currently offlineNosedive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2164 times:

Quoting Siren (Reply 13):
Like everybody said, probably the power supply. But, as it blew as badly as it did, chances are it took the motherboard along with it. You're looking at a replacement machine, courtesy of Apple...

Lil late to teh party  Wink

Quoting CMB320 (Reply 11):
All is well... computer works fine. The repair was free under the protection plan. Turns out it would have been nearly $400 to repair without the plan.

Feel free to take some cookies though!


User currently offlineChrisI1024 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2134 times:

Quoting Siren (Reply 13):
You're looking at a replacement machine, courtesy of Apple...

It's Apple. You're probably looking at a reurb G5 mobo if the board's damaged.

We had a G5 tower die on us. Fortunately, it was covered under AppleCare. A technician came out three times and replaced the processors, memory, video card, motherboard, case, power supply...pretty much everything except for the hard drive and the optical drive. Finally it was replaced with a Mac Pro.


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