[solved]imac g3 won't boot

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by max¥¥, May 30, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    i picked up a imac g3 yesterday it was running os 9 i tried to install osx and this is where the problem started, it would boot normaly but the screen was very dim and a purpley colour, i tried what apple suggest if you have noo screen (pram reset) and now i don't even get a chime
     
  2. macrumors newbie

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    Can you get into open-firmware or boot from a CD?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    no the screen is blank
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    If there are two RAM modules inside, take one out and try booting it up.
     
  5. macrumors member

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    Its stretching my memory a bit but iirc some of these imacs needed a firmware update before installing OSX... or you will need to open it and connect another drive for a fix. :eek:

    Found this.

    http://db.tidbits.com/article/06973 with links to apple docs.

    Google is your friend before trying OSX on old machines, I happily ran a G3 imac with OSX server until a short while ago.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thx people i just got my imac working again, first i took a stick of ram out and it started chiming again, so i took out the hdd put it in my pmg4 installed some vnc software update the system, did the firmware update with vnc, and it now works:D:D:D:D:D
     

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    great another happy iMac G3 owner :):)
    they are just great computers that still do every day computing perfectly fine considering they are 10 years old

    btw here is a nice little website dedicated to the iMac g3
    http://imacworld.110mb.com/index.html
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    this is my second imac, they are brillent little macs;)
     

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