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Follow up: 2nd Dead G5 motherboard...
Posted by: Jem
Date: March 26, 2007 08:54AM
A follow-up for this thread:


It turns out the Apple store folks were a little quick to jump the gun and conclude that the severe crash and refusal to reboot of the G5 PowerMac was due to a mad motherboard.

That's the good news.

The bad news... well, the bad news is that the problem was with the "3rd party memory" that came from our dear sponsor, OWC.

On a positive note, I have already contacted OWC and they are shipping out an advanced replacement pair of chips. I couldn't really ask for more, in that regard.

So in summary... it sucks that the memory went bad, but at least it was memory I purchased from a company that has a good warranty/replacment policy. That makes resolving a situation like this a lot simpler (and less expensive).

Oh, and yes... I'm relieved that I won't need to replace a motherboard and my client won't need to shell out $1000 for same.

Thanks again for your suggestions in dealing with this problem.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/26/2007 08:55AM by Jem.
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Re: Follow up: 2nd Dead G5 motherboard...
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: March 26, 2007 12:36PM
Good to here. So the memory was completely preventing the machine from starting up? I haven't see that one before. Usually it will at least show some signs of life(fans spin, powerlight activity, etc), and give the tones indicating bad ram.

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Re: Follow up: 2nd Dead G5 motherboard...
Posted by: viaripatti
Date: March 26, 2007 03:09PM
I had the same symptom with a stick of Ram that came in on a Digital Audio. When we moved to OSX. It would boot to black box or, sometimes, a KP would get to present. It booted OS9 fine. That was my clue and removing the bad stick solved the problem.
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