Hi: Today I got a slot loading G3 400 iMac from a friend. I was told it has all updates, but when I went to install OS 10.3 I got an alert saying the firmware had to be updated. The only option I was given was to click on a button that said "close" so I did. After that, the screen went blue and I got the spinning clock-type icon for a looong time. Then the screen went black. I assumed it was supposed to boot back into 9.1, which was installed on it. Everything I have tried failed. When I push the power button, I get a chime and then about ten seconds later I hear the machine power down, but not all the way... there's a faint clicking sound. I tried everything: holding the mouse down at start up to remove the Panther CD did not work, so I had to manually remove it from the iMac using that very weird "magic hole" which is not manual but electronic. I then attempted to reset PRAM but only got to the second chime before it died again. I then tried to reset evrything by booting into open firmware, but I could not even taht worked. Is this Mac dead? I suspect somehow the firmware is corrupted. But HTF did this happen? Now, I have to actally unplug the power, wait a few seconds ann then hit the power button again. If I hold down the power button, the power light will go off and the Mac will be silent, but if I press it gain, the power light comes on but NOTHING happens! I actually have to pull the power cord, wait, re-plug it and then I get a chime, but like I said earlier, things spin and wirr for about ten seconds, then silence. Any ideas? I don't think my friend handed me a lemon this afternoon. I want to fix this thing! Do you think that finding the logic board battery and removing it is going to solve the issue? Thanks!