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Found The Culprit

July 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

It was my video card that was crashing my G5. I did everything that people suggested in my previous post and I appreciate the quick responses. I took out all the RAM and started up the computer with paired RAM one at a time and it kept crashing… I reformatted a hard drive and installed Leopard on it and it crashed. The one thing that caught my eye was the fact that there were no Kernel Panics during the crashes.

Then it dawned on me, one of my monitors would not fire up during the startups. That has been happening on and off for quite sometime. Only recently it acted up like a child with terets at a spelling bee. Could it be that the Video Card is the culprit? The Apple Hardware Test passed it on the quick and extended tests so who would’ve known?

I replaced the ATI 9800 256MB Mac Edition video card with the original card that came with the G5 which is not so shabby, an ATI 9600 128MB card. It started up normally and I haven’t looked back since. I reinstalled all the 8 Gigs of RAM and it hasn’t crashed since.

I ordered a ATI X800 256MB from ebay. No reseller makes the G5 cards anymore. That is one thing I hate about Apple. As soon as they move on to a superior computer they tend to forget about the fools with their older products. I know Apple doesn’t make the stinking video card but I’m sure they have a pretty good influence.

Why am I writing this. Because if anyone else has gone through the BS like I did the past couple of days I hope this will help them resolve their problem quicker than I had to go through.

Tags: Apple

1 response so far ↓

  • 1 Jeron Moore // Jul 9, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    I’ve got an ATI x800 512mb, new, never-been-used, sitting in a stack of stuff I have no idea what to do with, but want to get rid of.

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