B&W Power Mac G3 won't boot

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  1. zali0n macrumors regular

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    Hey guys,

    I was wondering if you could help me with a B&W PowerMac G3 that I own. For some strange reason at the moment it won't boot up. It switches on and I heard the "bong" but that is as far as it goes. There is no video on the screen but the machine is still running.

    I've tried resetting the pram however i only hear one "bong" which makes me believe it hasn't been reset correctly. I'm not sure whether this is the battery is dead or the graphics card.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    Have you done any recent updates on it? New RAM? New video card? Did it work fine until deciding to quit one day randomly?
     
  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    Replace the battery - 1/2AA 3.6V Lithium, about $10 at Radioshack

    Thanks
    Trevor
    CanadaRAM.com
     
  4. zali0n thread starter macrumors regular

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    I did install OS X on it a few weeks back and it had been working since then. But before I got hold of the machine it had been in a warehouse not being used for a while.

    I've got a feeling it might be the battery but also that it might be the video card :confused:
     
  5. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    The classic symptom of a dead battery is the video not coming on. The classic dead battery scenario is a machine that has been unplugged or in storage. The battery is a cheap first thing to try, don't worry about the video card until after that.
     
  6. zali0n thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah I think your right about the battery, i'll order one today i think :)
     
  7. zali0n thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've installed the battery but it still won't boot. Same symptons as before! Any idea's? I can still hear the bong when it boots but no video.
     
  8. dbater macrumors member

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    It's telling you to throw it away :D
     
  9. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816

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    huuummm.........such blasphemy !

    So shall the demons of darkness & dispair strike you down, they will :p
     
  10. zali0n thread starter macrumors regular

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    Noooooooo, i'm trying to salvage the poor little bugger!
     
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