We all know what happens when the magic smoke escapes your computer, but what happens when the magic green ooze seeps out? This is a question that we've all wondered, but few have been able to answer. It seems that recently more and more Power Mac G5 owners have been finding out the answer to this question the hard way:
So, we have six G5’s all ranging from Dual 1.8’s to a Quad G5. Came in to work today and my computer, a Dual 2.5, wouldn’t turn on. It would click on for about a third of a second and turn back off. Thought the power supply went on it. It was only a year and a half old. Disconnected everything and put it on the floor to try a different plug. I tipped the machine up to show a co-worker when another co-worker spotted liquid coming from the rear of the computer. NO WAY!! It was fine on Friday and untouched all weekend.”
Some say if the PowerMac ooze touches your skin it consumes you, others say that it does not, but no one is willing to take the risk. One can only wonder:
Also, Apple recommends cleaning the fluid up with
rubber gloves on. The fluid can irritate your skin.
Apparently Apple is repairing some of the machines if they are only shortly out of warranty:
…decided to do some more research and found a guy that had a unit 14 months old that leaked. He did not have AppleCare, but Apple agreed to fix it because it was less than 90-days out of warranty.
The recommendation seems to be to get the machine serviced as soon as possible if the ooze appears, regardless if the computer works or not. As we all know, liquid plus electronics aren't necessarily a good thing. Of course spending US$1,000 on G5 repairs really isnt a good thing either.