Dead Mini G4

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by arjena, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I have here a MacMini G4 (A1103) that seems to be dead. When I attach the power cord the fan starts to blow and that's it. So of course I figured it must be the power brick. Alas, when attaching another power brick from another Mac Mini the same thing happens. The fan blows and that's it. Harddisk is fine, I removed it from the computer and saved all data.
    Tried resetting the PMU but no go.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks,

    Arjen
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    No boot gong? No hdd sounds? No disc drive sounds? Just blowing fan?

    I've heard of the PRAM battery causing odd symptoms. Given the age of the mini why not buy a battery for a few bucks and changing it out. Who knows.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No boot gong, no other sound than the fan blowing.
    I never thought of replacing the battery, is worth the few euro's that will cost me. Let you know what happens.

    Tnx,

    A
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Replaced the battery, but no change.

    Other suggestions?

    Tnx,

    Arjen
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

    PowerGamerX

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    Sounds like a bad power controller in the mini itself. I'd say a logic board replacement would be needed.

    You could also try kicking it. My friend had a G4 that he kicked when it was "broken" and now it works?

    Just a thought. :p
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    It worked for Han Solo with the Millennium Falcon.

    As for the battery attempt... oh well. It was worth a try. Too bad, as I was hoping to look like the hero for this thread.

    I think it is quite dead. Sell the parts for a few euros.

    If it's any consolation the new minis look fantastic.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    @PowergamerX: When all else fails I'll give it a good kick. So far I've got a feeling we're not quite there yet.

    @mr.steevo: The battery was worth a try, especially since it turns out it's the very same battery I that goes in my heart rate monitor. And I needed a new battery for that anyway, so nothing is lost. Apart from your hopes of 'becoming the hero of the thread'. ;-)

    Anyway, it seems options are getting thin.
    Just one more question. On the motherboard, close to the back of the machine is a small button. I tried pressing it as I assumed it was the PMU-reset button, but according to Apple a PMU reset is done by inserting the power cord while holding the power button. So what is this button for?

    Thanks,

    Arjen
     

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