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eMac won't start!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Oca, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. Oca
    macrumors newbie

    After shut down or restart, my eMac has a hard time starting-up!!
    No sound and one flash every some seconds, OR no sound but five flashes every some seconds.
    After several attempts it will start.
    Changed the two memories and problem remains.
    tested Dimms (2G) but they'r ok.
    What's up?? anyone?
  2. macrumors 6502


    Have you run a hardware test, preferably with the original OS Disk 1?

    Which model of eMac do you have? Other than the 1.42 GHz, you may have the infamous eMac capacitor problem.
  3. macrumors 68040


    very likely the bad cap issue which effected all eMacs with boards produced between end 2003 and end 2004 , most had been fixed under the extended repair scheme by apple in 2006/7 , but not all owners did care or did not even know about the scheme
    the bad caps are
    easy and cheap fix if you know how to use a small tip soldering iron
    and the caps cost around £5 and the emac is running again
    if you cant do it yourself look for a small tv repairshop ,who does still repair old crt tv`s .
    they might do it for you if you bring the board and wont overcharge you as it takes if you got the board and caps and soldering iron in hand just about 20min to do the job
  4. Oca
    macrumors newbie


    Sory for not mentioning details:
    eMac ATI Graphics, 1MHz.

    You may be right! about the capacitors, I've read about it lots of times, but you know it's like diseases! we always think they happen to someone else but......
    Any chance Apple still does the service...??
    All the best.
  5. macrumors 68040


    i dont think apple will repair it under the repair scheme thats too long ago , but
    they may repair it . but i dont want to see your repair bill

    like i said do it yourself or a tv repair center are your cheapest options
  6. macrumors 6502


    MH is right. If you can get the logic board out yourself, an electronics repair place can solder in new capacitors. You can check the condition of about 3 (or is it 5?) of the capacitors just by peering into the eMac via the RAM/battery access hatch. Use a pen torch.

    To give you some idea of cost, to get my 1.25 GHz eMac logic board repaired here in NZ (hasn't proved necessary - yet!) would set me back about US$100. A replacement logic board from Apple, with caps already changed, would set you back about US$400 (about 280 euros).

    Having said all that, bad caps *usually* result in the eMac seizing or freezing, things just stop working, and the machine does nothing. The fan keeps going, the monitor may keep showing a 'still' of what you were doing, but that's all. There's nothing to do but shut down.

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