Uh-oh, power failure. Need help.

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by DVDSP, Jan 23, 2005.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Last night during a snow storm we lost power. My G4 tower was on at the time so naturally it was off when I woke up (apparently I slept through the alarm on the UPS). This morning it will not start. I opened it up and hit the reset button but that did no good.

    Any ideas on how to get it started?

    Thanks,
     
  2. Moderator emeritus

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    Have you tried zapping the PRAM?

    command-option-p-r
    Zap PRAM. Hold down at least until second chime.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Can't zap the PRAM, the computer won't even turn on. When I push the power button I get nothing. After re-reading my first post I realize I wasn't too clear on that.

    Thanks,
     
  4. jsw
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    jsw

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    Astoundingly dumb question, I know, but: is it getting power from the UPS now?
     
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes it is, plugged into the UPS, UPS is functioning. Maybe I'll try plugging it directly into the wall...

    P.S.: Not a dumb question
     
  6. jsw
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    Actually, that might help - not so much plugging it into the wall, as simply unplugging it, waiting, and plugging it back in. For whatever odd reason, that helped once with an older Mac of mine (not calling yours "older", just saying mine was).
     
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yup, that did the trick. I'm glad it was something simple but annoyed I didn't think of it myself :). And actually, this computer is the oldest one I have...

    Thanks again,
     

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