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    Buying a G5

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    Buying a G5
    I am considering buying a used G5 Tower, Dual 1.8GHz Processor, with Leopard Operating System (10.5), installed, along with Office 2008, iLife 2006 and Final Cut Studio 2.0 Pro.

    Are there some diagnostic tests I can run to determine if the computer is working properly before I buy? Step by step recommendations appreciated as I am almost entirely unfamiliar with Mac computers. Thanks!

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    Do you the software available to run the Apple Hardware Test?
    Gurassic 5: Power Mac G5 Dual 2.0 (PCI-X), 2 1TB WD Green HD's in RAID 1, 8GB DDR, Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL Mac Edition, Airport Extreme, BT, Dual 20" WS LCD's, 10.4.11. Alice: Aluminum Macbook, Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3, 320GB HD, 10.5.8, Windows XP Pro.

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    No, I don't have any Apple software. Is there anything I can do to test the computer on the spot? Does the operating system have something I can run to test the hardware?
    Thanks!

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    Buying a G5

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    If you had the OS disks, you could perform the Apple Hardware Test which usually takes about 45 minutes.

    I don't know of any quick tests that take a minute or two and can verify the well-being of a machine.
    Gurassic 5: Power Mac G5 Dual 2.0 (PCI-X), 2 1TB WD Green HD's in RAID 1, 8GB DDR, Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL Mac Edition, Airport Extreme, BT, Dual 20" WS LCD's, 10.4.11. Alice: Aluminum Macbook, Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3, 320GB HD, 10.5.8, Windows XP Pro.

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    Buying a G5

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    Thanks! The guy who's selling it does have the OS disks, so I will ask him to run the Apple Hardware Test. I assume he will know how to do it. I appreciate your responses!

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    As a suggestion if you want a G5, look for at least a 2GHz DP as the earlier models were not as reliable. Just do a search for 1.6 and 1.8 problems.

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    My next question would be... How much are you paying for this machine? If it's that great of a deal, I'd take the risk.

    FYI: The Dual 2.0's have audio output issues in the form of a "chirp" that occurs when the machine scales the FSB multiplier. It's not a big deal unless you do audio production work. I myself am an "audiophile" and I'm not bothered by it during playback.

    Google "Dual 2.0 G5 noise" and you'll find a barrage of articles, including the CHUD "fix". Also, as Harry said, definitely do your homework with respect to reliability.
    Gurassic 5: Power Mac G5 Dual 2.0 (PCI-X), 2 1TB WD Green HD's in RAID 1, 8GB DDR, Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL Mac Edition, Airport Extreme, BT, Dual 20" WS LCD's, 10.4.11. Alice: Aluminum Macbook, Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3, 320GB HD, 10.5.8, Windows XP Pro.

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    Thanks for everyone's help. I made the purchase - $300 for dual 1.8, Final Cut Studio and Apple flat panel monitor. I think it was a good deal.

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    Sounds like it to me! Now the real fun begins!
    Gurassic 5: Power Mac G5 Dual 2.0 (PCI-X), 2 1TB WD Green HD's in RAID 1, 8GB DDR, Nvidia GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL Mac Edition, Airport Extreme, BT, Dual 20" WS LCD's, 10.4.11. Alice: Aluminum Macbook, Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3, 320GB HD, 10.5.8, Windows XP Pro.

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    Good luck. If the install discs came with the machine, pop them in and reboot from the disv, run Repair Drive from Disk Utility, reformat and do a nice clean install with your details and password.

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