Dead All-in-One?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by PurplePenguin, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. PurplePenguin macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2007
    I got the chance to get an old All-In-One G3 PowerMac today. I wanted to play around with it and see what I've been missing all these years.

    Unfortunately, I got it without a keyboard or mouse (with ADB connectors, which I don't have). I wanted to power it on to test if it works or if it's a doorstop.

    So far, doorstop. :) So here's my question. Is it possible to boot one without anything attached aside from the power cable? If I don't hear anything (no sounds, nothing spins up, I hear a slight sound from the power supply immediately after clicking the On/Off button near the power cord), should I assume that it's dead?

    Thanks for any advice!
  2. PurplePenguin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2007
    Just a quick followup... I'm completely unfamiliar with Mac hardware. Is there anything else that needs to be done aside from hitting the on switch (beside the power cord) to get it to power up? Maybe I'm missing something that would be obvious to you guys! :) Seems to be a doorstop to me, though. Both of them (I got two of them)!
  3. Sutekidane macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2005
    It really sounds like they're dead... :(

    They look like giant teeth, however. :p
  4. PurplePenguin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2007
    I was holding out some hope because the manual says "Power switch: controlled from keyboard". And since I'm without a keyboard, it won't power on... maybe?

    Does that sound like a stretch? :)

    If anybody out there has an old all-in-one G3, what happens if you unplug everything but the power cord and try to turn it on by flipping the switch in the back (ie. power supply)?

    There's even a diagram that shows a power button on the keyboard... hmm...
  5. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    If I recall correctly, the switch is a "safety switch". You still need to power on from the keyboard.
  6. FocusAndEarnIt macrumors 601


    May 29, 2005
    I've been with the Macs since around that era, and yes, to boot a Mac of that age, you need the keyboard, an ADB one with a power button.

    So no, it is definitely not dead.
  7. PurplePenguin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2007
    Fantastic!! I was just about to give up hope. :)

    So it looks like I'm off to find somebody who's selling an old ADB keyboard and mouse now. :D
  8. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    I'd offer to mail you a keyboard & mouse, but i think mine are buried in a storage unit that i cant' get to right now :(

    I hope you find one easy!

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