Our main computer has been iMac G5 2 GHz for the past 3 years. It’s almost his 3rd birthday. Sadly, we regret to inform that this iMac is retiring. His retirement is effective immediately. His successor is iMac 2.8 GHz with a 24-inch monitor. We are happy to have a new, faster machine but with complex feelings.
Screenshot by courtesy of Apple, Inc.
We started having a series of problems with iMac G5 just last March. A jumpy Mouse movement is one. The worst problem is kernel panic, which tells me that I need to restart my computer by holding down the power button at the back. It often occurred whenever I was using Apple Motion or Cinema 4D. Occasionally, the kernel panic even occurred when I was only using a web browser.
The situation got somewhat worse about a month ago. Now, I have to reset the SMU every single time. Or there will be no Ethernet and no FireWire. 3 or 4 days ago, I couldn’t even start up iMac by pressing the power button. If you leave the power cable off, the situation can even get worse. And your Mac under the same condition may not start up for a while.
So what is wrong with this iMac? Honestly, I’m not 100% sure. It’s possibly the power supply or the logic board that causes all these problems.
This iMac is a 17-inch monitor model. And Apple has not issued an extended warranty for this model.
Ironically, I have an old iMac (333 MHz), which I bought about 9 years ago. And it’s in the pink of health. GGGGG… Even a 13-year-old PowerBook 5300 still runs.
I am a 17-year veteran as a Mac user. And I regret to say that the overall quality of Apple products has become cheap. Take the default keyboard, for example. There are no springs or rubber cushions under key blocks. So you won’t have a pleasant key stroke feeling.
For me, this iMac G5 2GHz is still good enough though it cannot run Intel-Mac apps. The 2nd-generation Blueberry iMac still runs. But this G5 iMac is near death. And how long will a new iMac 2.8 GHz live – 2 years?