Answer to "Why won't my G5 boot?"After searching the internet for days I did finally try what I thought was an unlikely cause to this problem -- I changed out the video card. This solved the problem. My specific problem was that when I pressed the power button the light was lit (no red diagnostic lights on the logic board) but after a brief spinning sound there was no startup chime and there was silence until the fans started up full blast. I had been using the computer and it suddenly turned itself off and I was never able to restart it until I replaced the video card. If you want to test to see if this might be your problem -- before you spend money on a video card -- take the video card out of your machine and press the startup button. If you get the normal powering up sounds with normal fan noise it is likely the video card. I had read this solution in one or more posts to this issue, but I couldn't see how that would work so passed over trying it in favor of other possible causes. I am posting this so others will take note that this...
Answer to "Computer wont turn on, no chime, fans pulsing."I have this same problem and it seems that there are many others of us out there. My G5 just turned itself off and hasn't stated up since. I have tried many things and will try replacing the video card (reseating did not help). Is there anyone else who has solved this problem and at what expense? Is this trusty old machine ready for the trash heap? Please let me know if you have a solution!