Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > PowerPC Macs

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Dec 30, 2010, 01:51 PM   #1
kirkbross
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Los Angeles
G4 won't boot... no startup chime

I recently reinstalled a clean Tiger on my old MDD G4 with the intent on giving it to a friend of mine in Oregon. Everything was smooth here in Los Angeles. Got the OS on and running sweet... 10.4.11 combo update... all's well.

I drive up to Oregon, set it up in his office using his old CRT monitor and power it on. It chimes and manages to find the Tech Tool eDrive recovery partition, but not the OS on the boot drive. Then, seconds later, screen of death/kernel panic and no boots or startup chimes thereafter.

Steps I've taken:
  • I have reset the PMU
  • I have removed all peripherals, including viddy, SATA adapter and all but on stick of RAM
  • Tried every stick of RAM by itself
No startup chime -- just a fan for a few seconds then a super fan kicks in... no signal to monitor at all.

Strange symptom: at times power was making it to the drives, and other times not. (determined by me putting my hand on the drive to feel its vibration or lack thereof during boot).

Do I need a new PSU? And if so where to buy?

------------------------------
Dual 867 MDD G4
SATA adapter/w 300GB Tiger boot drive and 200GB data drive (w/ Panther still installed)
120GB data drive on IDE 66 bus w/Tech Tool recovery / restore partition
------------------------------
__________________
2008 Mac Pro 2x2.8GHz | 8 GB RAM | HD5770 | Lion on 120GB Vertex 2 | 3 x 1TB Seagates
kirkbross is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2010, 01:58 PM   #2
DewGuy1999
macrumors 68040
 
DewGuy1999's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Have you checked to see if all the cables/connections are tight?
__________________
13.3" MacBook Pro/i5 2.3GHz/4GB RAM/320GB HD/Super Drive/OS X 10.6.8
17" iMac/G4 1GHz/768MB RAM/80GB HD/Super Drive/OS X 10.4.11
DewGuy1999 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2010, 02:12 PM   #3
goMac
macrumors 603
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Sounds like a dead HD to me or loose cable. A long car trip could have rattled something.

Doesn't sound like a power issue to me. The drives will not always vibrate while they are on.

Edit: If you're having display issues too, it sounds a lot more like something is loose.
goMac is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Dec 30, 2010, 05:50 PM   #4
kirkbross
Thread Starter
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Los Angeles
Quote:
Originally Posted by goMac View Post
Sounds like a dead HD to me or loose cable. A long car trip could have rattled something.

Doesn't sound like a power issue to me. The drives will not always vibrate while they are on.

Edit: If you're having display issues too, it sounds a lot more like something is loose.
Did very thorough cable check. Remember, no startup chime, so it's not even looking for an OS on the HD at that point (I believe).
__________________
2008 Mac Pro 2x2.8GHz | 8 GB RAM | HD5770 | Lion on 120GB Vertex 2 | 3 x 1TB Seagates
kirkbross is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > PowerPC Macs

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Damn startup chime won't go away. CyrusOz iMac 6 Oct 3, 2013 09:26 AM
Mac Pro (2008) won't boot consistently. Getting repeating startup chime. iamkarlp Mac Pro 4 Jul 16, 2013 10:15 AM
Mac Pro won't boot or chime after power surge parkds Mac Pro 9 Jan 25, 2013 01:00 PM
2008 24" iMac. No boot and half a startup chime chrsb5 iMac 3 Jan 14, 2013 05:47 AM
MacBook won't boot, black screen, no chime Rana12345 MacBook 1 Jan 1, 2013 12:09 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:36 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC