G4 Programmer's button jam

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by karlamo, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2004
    Staten Island

    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
  2. macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2004
    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.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2002
    Is the button physically jammed?

    If not, then type 'g' and hit return. That should get rid of the box.

    Hope this helps!

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