Help with old G3 AIO display

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Super20, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. Super20 macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2004
    Council Bluffs, IA
    I have an old beige G3 all-in-one that has a weird display issue. When i turn it on the screen is dark. I can fix it by going into the display config in the preferences and saving the display profile, but as soon as I restart or something, it's back to normal again. Is the video card bad or a battery dead inside or something?
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    Does the clock also reset every time it's off? That sounds a bit like a dead motheboard battery, though admittedly that's not the first symptom I'd think of if you have one.

    I expect those, like most Macs, use 3.6V lithium "1/2 AA" batteries--open it up, find the battery, pull it out, and take it to Radio Shack or your local computer shop, and you should be able to buy one for $5 or so. Hopefully that'll fix your issue. If not, the battery will still die eventually, so having a replacement won't hurt.

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