You may recall my original iMac G4 (17 inch, 800MHz summer 2002 model) which I scored through FreeCycle in 2011. My first ever PowerPC Mac. Sadly, in 2013/4, the iMac died, after a period of flakiness. Despite the fact I loved the machine, it went into the back of the wardrobe for a number of reasons.
Firstly, at that point, I had already got two other iMac G4's. A 800MHz 15 inch my sister used as a jukebox with the pro speakers, and a top of the line, mid 2004 (one of the last) 17 inch iMacs with a 1.25GHz processor and an iSight mounted to it! Secondly, parts. In the UK, it was very difficult to track down a power supply. I didn't want to buy a parts machine, as I feel that it is such a waste. So I waited and waited for a new Power supply.
Finally, 3 years after she died, and had been floating around my room and wardrobe. I found a power supply. Two of them in fact, for just £22 shipped. A pretty good deal I felt.
There were a few issues though. On connecting the power supply with the machine apart, I checked that the dead supply had not taken out any of the other electronics. Thankfully, it hadn't. On reassembly, and powering up, I found that the machine was incredibly flakey, throwing up errors, freezes and kernel panics. I ran the AHT a number of times. Only twice it mentioned faulty memory, with other sticks throwing up the similar issues. After a while, the machine slowly stabled - I imagine the new thermal paste settled, but whether or not that fixed it in the end, I have no idea! After a number of stress tests (including playing a DVD on a loop overnight), the machine has finally stabilised.
So, that's another PowerPC brought back into the world!