fixing dead imac g4

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  1. 000Jon000 macrumors newbie

    000Jon000

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    17" iMac G4, GeForce 4 MX, 1GHz, 256MB

    Hi everyone,
    This imac was last powered on 6 months ago, it now makes no response to pressing power button at all. Here is what I tried: Replaced PRAM battery, reset PRAM by pressing the button, Hold power for 10 sec and plug back in, plug in and power at same time, resat the ram modules, tested diagnostic solder points and got 3.6V for battery, 12.20V for 12V, got 0.01V for 12VLSP and 5V. PSU was tested with multi-meter using the service manual guide and passed the test. I noticed some white and dry stuff around C241 on the logic board (next to 16 pin power connector) that needed to be rubbed off with alcohol.
    What should I do now?
     
  2. amagichnich macrumors 6502

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    My second eMac wouldn't turn on too. It was a faulty power button. I built myself a testing power circuit and found that the button does nothing. Then started the eMac with a short circuit like all my old window PCs with a wire on the power button pins. That would be an easy to fix problem
     
  3. 000Jon000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, ill try that right now
     
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    000Jon000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here is some pictures, first one is where the white powder was, second one is of where the power switch used to be. Unfortunately the improvised power button didn't work, any other suggestions on what to do? If it still doesn't work, ill just turn it into a PC with an Intel compute stick inside.
     

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  5. 000Jon000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I believe C241 is a 0.22 µF, 6.3 V ceramic cap, ill replace it and share what happens.
     
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    000Jon000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    After the cap replacement, it still doesn't work. 5V diagnostic test point measures 0.010V
     
  7. LightBulbFun macrumors 65816

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    Do you have another PSU to try? it sounds like a PSU issue

    IIRC iMac G4s did have a few PSU issues
     
  8. 000Jon000 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tested the cable and the supply, got 245V at the end of cable, 12.20V on all connectors and 12.20V for diagnostic test point on logic board, 5V didn't show around 5V, it was at 0.010V, could that still be the PSU?

    Next thing ill try is putting 5V through the Molex connector to see what happens.
     
  9. RhianB macrumors 6502a

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    There's a couple logic boards on ebay for $30-40 shipped and PSUs at $15-20 shipped.

    Good luck.
     

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