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where to find powersupply for iMac G5

Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:55 am
by mnorton
hi,

My son's iMac G5 pws is starting to poop out. This is the iMac without the iChat camera.
On e-bay the pws goes for about a $100. Anyone know a good source for picking up an iMac G5 pws?

thanks.

Re: where to find powersupply for iMac G5

Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:05 pm
by zmttoxics
Have you taken the machine apart yet? Could be another case of bad capacitors.

http://thecapking.com/applg5.html

I replaced the bad caps in my eMac with a kit from that website. Worked out well. :)

Re: where to find powersupply for iMac G5

Posted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:47 pm
by pentium
Ditto with the badcaps check.
These power supplies are madly hard to find refurbished.

Re: where to find powersupply for iMac G5

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:44 pm
by mnorton
thanks.
Looks like we're going to run with the cap king kit.

I am glad i asked here first instead of buying a new power supply. Didn't know about the bad caps issue.

Re: where to find powersupply for iMac G5

Posted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:10 pm
by morpheus256
bad caps have plagued a lot of apple's

emac g4, imac g5 1.8's, als, isights, g4 mdd psu's, and i seem to recall early g5 tower psu's...

Re: where to find powersupply for iMac G5

Posted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:40 pm
by mnorton
OK - surgery is turning into a problem on this imac. I am replacing the 1000uF caps and have removed the 5 old caps.
The new caps won't fit in the holes and one cap has a pin stuck.
What's the trick to cleaning out these holes in order to inset the new caps?

thanks.

Re: where to find powersupply for iMac G5

Posted: Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:50 pm
by zmttoxics
mnorton wrote:OK - surgery is turning into a problem on this imac. I am replacing the 1000uF caps and have removed the 5 old caps.
The new caps won't fit in the holes and one cap has a pin stuck.
What's the trick to cleaning out these holes in order to inset the new caps?

thanks.

Copper strand and a good coating of flux.

Re: where to find powersupply for iMac G5

Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:13 am
by zmttoxics
Also, I recommend using a soldering gun for this, around 140W should do the trick. Soldering irons have a hard time keeping the heat on those thick PCBs (the multiple layers act like a big heat spreader).

Re: where to find powersupply for iMac G5

Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:15 am
by SAQ
zmttoxics wrote:Also, I recommend using a soldering gun for this, around 140W should do the trick. Soldering irons have a hard time keeping the heat on those thick PCBs (the multiple layers act like a big heat spreader).


Especially when one end of the component is connected to a ground or power plane.

A big iron works well also and is easier to hold - 100W or so.

Sometimes you just need to hack leads to fit. Spaghetti sleeve any that are long enough to cause shorting problems.

Re: where to find powersupply for iMac G5

Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 12:58 pm
by mnorton
The 1000 uF caps are off. There is solder in the holes. I got a closer peak at it with a large magnifying class.
I need to get the solder out of the holes.

What will do the trick here? I am using the soldering equipment in our electronics lab at work.
I have a desoldering iron here at work that hooks up to compressor. Will that be hot enough?

Or should I just stick with a big iron and copper wrap?

Re: where to find powersupply for iMac G5

Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:02 pm
by zmttoxics
You can try adding more solder in an attempt to get the copper to work. That or place the cap leads in the holes and heat the contacts with placing pressure to make them slide through while the solder is hot...

Re: where to find powersupply for iMac G5

Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:09 pm
by guardian452
get a thermostat controlled iron, I have... 60W (?)

that and some solder and a braid should be all you need... I've pulled grapefruit-sized caps out of amplifiers and the such (not to mention #6 stranded leads, et al) with just that. actually I used for the longest time a 40W iron that I got at RS for $4.99 with no problems- but it eventually died.

IMO flux is unnecessary unless you are soldering plumbing. :shock:

Re: where to find powersupply for iMac G5

Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:42 pm
by zmttoxics
sybrfreq wrote:get a thermostat controlled iron, I have... 60W (?)

that and some solder and a braid should be all you need... I've pulled grapefruit-sized caps out of amplifiers and the such (not to mention #6 stranded leads, et al) with just that. actually I used for the longest time a 40W iron that I got at RS for $4.99 with no problems- but it eventually died.

IMO flux is unnecessary unless you are soldering plumbing. :shock:

Interesting your 40W iron did ok. My 40W Crappytire Mastercraft iron never worked on manufactured PCBs, and my new 50W Weller failed miserably as well. My Weller 140W Gun however had no troubles.

Flux helps clean the metals so the solder flows better. Essential when you want to ensure a solid bond, and definitely helps when trying to get it to move elsewhere - such as onto the braided copper.

Re: where to find powersupply for iMac G5

Posted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:29 pm
by guardian452
it's all in the tip! I've used fancy expensive irons with misshappen tips and they are completely useless.

Re: where to find powersupply for iMac G5

Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 11:07 am
by SAQ
sybrfreq wrote:IMO flux is unnecessary unless you are soldering plumbing. :shock:


Rosin core kind of works, but getting a bottle of rosin flux improved my soldering quite a bit. It makes a difference, especially when repairing older boards.

To remove solder from holes:

Get one of those cheap "solder sucker" spring pump things. Sucker on one side, iron on the other, poke the trigger and presto - clean hole. Not as good as a real (nice) desoldering iron, but affordable.