Please Help my iMac G3 come back from the dead!

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by TheAppFinder, Oct 2, 2009.

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    TheAppFinder

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    Hey i Have an imac g3. the specs are 233MHz G3 with 32 MB of ram, 4 GB HDD, and original revision A model.

    Now the problem i have with it is that it doesnt start up. i got it from my brothers school, cause they were trashing it, and so i picked it up.
    i got home and pluged the keyboard, mouse, powercable, etc, and so excited of getting my first mac!

    i pressed the power button.... and ........nothing.
    so i thought: crap its dead probably. looked online, looking for a solution, and checked youtube, mac roumers and google searches. and the few solutions i got was: dead power supply and need new 1/2 AA 3.6 Volts battery. and also fly-back transformer, which to me is in the power supply/ display issue. Also i know that their is some power that is going to the imac. i know this because my friends imac g3 (333MHz) does a faint squeek noise the second you plug the power cord in the machine, and his works. mine also does this!

    Does any body have any solutions for this iMac G3? I would really like to get it working again, but for now it sits on my desk, as a larger paper weight, and a display.

    thanks!
     
  2. Guest

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    I can't think of anything other than what you've already found. You could try unplugging all the extras (keyboard, etc.) and seeing it that makes any difference, but I doubt it.

    I will say that I've never seen a dead battery stop a computer starting up - lose date / time, lose settings, yes - not startup, no. I know a few people with CRT iMacs who don't use them very often so the batteries are dead, but the machines startup just fine.

    Also DO NOT ever plug a live electical wire into the Mac. Plug in the cable and then switch on at the wall. That "squeek" you hear could well be you killing the computer and/or power supply.
     
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    mrsir2009

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    When you plugged it in did you plug the live cable into the iMac? If you did that might have killed it or damaged it :(
     
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    TheAppFinder

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    imac

    Thanks for the help. i haven't tried turning it on with a power brick. i will try that. and also the squeek sound that i hear. it does it on my friends imac g3 and his works just fine. but thanks for the help!
     
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    TheAppFinder

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    imac

    actually i made a mistake, its not much a squeek sound, its more of a buzz sound.
     
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    Dont Hurt Me

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    Though I understand the nostalgic reason for having a 233 whats the point? I have a 333 that serves no purpose at all and though it still works in essence it is a paperweight dust collector.
     
  7. Guest

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    "Purpose", like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. My Mac is a 266GHz G3 PowerMac running MacOS 9.2 which is in everyday use for both my own DTP / FileMaker / computer business and my hobbies. :)



    It doesn't really matter whether it squeaks, buzzes, or shouts "Yippee!" ... it's never ever a good idea to plug a live electricity cable into any device.
     
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    TheAppFinder

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    imac g3

    [QUOTE it doesn't really matter whether it squeaks, buzzes, or shouts "Yippee!" ... it's never ever a good idea to plug a live electricity cable into any device.[/QUOTE]

    i dont think it really matters for any thing that requires an outlet, you just plug in. whether its directly into the wall or using a power brick.
     

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