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Apr 28, 2004, 09:06 PM

A company donated a nice G4-733 with many extras to our non-profit. I'm literate with PCs, but not Macs. Trying to get it in shape for sale. Figure out how to clean extensions, but then I got stuck on how to open the CD drive bay.

The solution, I thought, must be to depress the small button with a paper clip. Turns out that the little button is the programmer's key.

A window opened, that allows for typing. But, I can't use the mouse to open any menus. The pointer moves but that is all. There seems to be no way out. Powering down and up brings me to the same unhappy place - without mouse.

Any suggestions?

Karl Schwartz
Patients Against Lymphoma

Apr 29, 2004, 08:16 AM
On some G4s, that programmer's button is on a little circuit board with the power button and the reset button. You could try disconnecting the cable that goes from that board to the logic board, but then you might not be able to turn the computer on--unless you have a power button on the keyboard and that works. You'll probably need to get that programmer's button unstuck somehow.

Apr 29, 2004, 08:25 AM
If not, then type 'g' and hit return. That should get rid of the box.

Hope this helps!