View Full Version : G4 startup problem

Jun 25, 2007, 08:37 PM
I got an old G4 and cleaned it up and hooked it up to a monitor, but when I start it- it shows the white startup screen and then just goes to black and i can't get an image on the monitor again. The computer is running and responding to the keyboard though......any ideas?

Jun 25, 2007, 08:56 PM
Well, what exactly does it respond to with the keyboard? I'm thinking you may have an issue with the video card.

Jun 25, 2007, 08:58 PM
it will open the disc tray and make noises when I hit the volume key

Jun 25, 2007, 09:11 PM
Oh OK, then it sounds like a video issue. I would try salvaging another video card for it, and trying that one out.

Jun 25, 2007, 09:14 PM
definitely, the video card is incompatible with the display.

This is common mixing old G3 and G4 towers with newer monitors

Jun 25, 2007, 09:16 PM
oh I see. I tried switching to a non HD monitor. Do I need an even older one or should I jut get a new video card

Jun 25, 2007, 09:18 PM
Well, first go with the easier (and cheaper) solution to see if that works. Find an old CRT and hook that up, and if it works, then you may just have to live with that monitor. Or, you could go for a new video card (is yours AGP or PCI?) and use your HD monitor again.

Jun 25, 2007, 09:31 PM
i'll try crt