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netdog
Oct 15, 2010, 10:34 AM
A friend was just given a PowerBook G4 in perfect condition (seemingly). It has just been sitting on a shelf for several years and worked fine before it was shelved.

Now when she plugs it in, the orange light on the cord lights up orange, but when she tries to boot the machine, nothing happens. I mean nothing.

Is there something simple that this could be? Wondering if there is a little battery inside that is needed that could have gone dead over the years of idle sitting, or something like that. I just don't know PowerBooks very well.

Any and all help appreciated.



iBookG4user
Oct 15, 2010, 10:42 AM
Have you tried everything listed here (http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1367?viewlocale=en_US)?

netdog
Oct 15, 2010, 11:29 AM
Just ran through those steps. No luck.

BigTroll
Oct 15, 2010, 03:23 PM
I had a PowerBook G4 titanium that wouldn't boot, i ended up taking it apart and unpluging the PRAM battery and that allowed it to boot.

netdog
Oct 15, 2010, 03:34 PM
If the PRAM battery is dead, would that prevent it from booting?

When she tries to start it up, nothing at all happens.

BigTroll
Oct 15, 2010, 03:48 PM
If the PRAM battery is dead, would that prevent it from booting?

When she tries to start it up, nothing at all happens.

For some reason if the battery is dead it will not do nothing when the power button is pressed, they say either remove the regular battery and leave it plugged in 24 hours so it can charge the pram battery faster, or just unplug it, really it doesn't make sense to me as if the pram battery is dead why should it matter if its plugged in or not, but after i unplugged it my titanium fired up.

mr1970
Oct 16, 2010, 03:01 AM
I had all sorts of boot problems with my G4 PM before I changed the PRAM battery. Worth a go - it's a cheap fix and if it doesn't work, no harm done.