Mysterious Hardware Problem (I assume)

Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by MacKenzie999, Aug 12, 2002.

  1. MacKenzie999 macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2002
    Hey folks...

    A weird thing happened to my system over the weekend.

    I had powered it down so that I could physically move my mac. At one point I plugged a USB cable from my printer (HP Deskjet) to my mac, and the mac powered up by itself.

    When I went to use the mac, it would not respond to the keyboard nor either of two optical mice (the mice did not light up like they typically do when powered up by the system, and the caplock button on the keyboard did not light up when pressed either). I have two usb ports on the mac and swapping them made no difference.

    It gets worse...

    I powered down the system and later on when I went to check it (you know, in case little helper gnomes came and fixed it while I wasn't looking) and now it will not power up at all. The blue power up button will light and throb for as long as I hold it, but no power up.

    Any recommendations or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    G4/466, osX.1.5

  2. firewire2001 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2002
    Hong Kong
    Re: Mysterious Hardware Problem (I assume)

    if i were you id call apple tech support.. that is if yer under warranty...

    in the past (while i was still under warranty) they have been very helpful at helping me with even the toughest problems..

  3. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    It's a USB/electricity issue. I've had this happen with the MacAlly iMedia keyboard. Turn off the computer before bed. Turn off the light, the computer turns on. Turn off the computer, exchange the keyboard, go to sleep :D.

    Try using certain combinations of USB devices and hubs, you'll find the offender, but it's not the computer most likely. If need be, work with one USB device at a time and use a cable you know is working.
  4. cb911 macrumors 601


    Mar 12, 2002
    BrisVegas, Australia
    let me get this straight? you unplugged your Mac, then plugged in a USB printer, and you Mac turned on?!! man, that is weird!!:eek: :eek: :D
  5. MacKenzie999 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2002
    The mac was still plugged in, just powered down. I was hopeful when several people suggested simply disconnecting all peripherals should clear up the problem, but sadly still no power up. This problem combined with the likely new macs being announced today certainly presents a conundrum...
  6. topicolo macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2002
    Ottawa, ON
    That's convenient, isn't it? A little too convenient....for apple, that is :)

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