iMac G3 (2,1) Should Screen Display a Picture even without RAM?

SR20DETDOG

macrumors regular
Original poster
Jan 25, 2011
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Queensland Australia
Hi guys,

I picked up an iMac G3 of the side of the road yesterday. I tried turning it on but all I got was a single beep, I found out this means there was no RAM installed/detected, and sure enough there's no RAM at all inside it.

I'd like to buy some and getting it up and running again, I'm just a little concerned about the display. If there's no RAM installed is it normal for the display to not show anything? I think it sounds like it's working, at least when I turned it off again it made the same sounds that all CRTs make.

Basically, I can deal with simply replacing the RAM but if the display is done for I might pass it on.

Thanks.
 

128keaton

macrumors 68020
Jan 13, 2013
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Hi guys,

I picked up an iMac G3 of the side of the road yesterday. I tried turning it on but all I got was a single beep, I found out this means there was no RAM installed/detected, and sure enough there's no RAM at all inside it.

I'd like to buy some and getting it up and running again, I'm just a little concerned about the display. If there's no RAM installed is it normal for the display to not show anything? I think it sounds like it's working, at least when I turned it off again it made the same sounds that all CRTs make.

Basically, I can deal with simply replacing the RAM but if the display is done for I might pass it on.

Thanks.
Damn, another story of an iMac G3 sitting OUTSIDE that still "works".
 

California

macrumors 68040
Aug 21, 2004
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Hi guys,

I picked up an iMac G3 of the side of the road yesterday. I tried turning it on but all I got was a single beep, I found out this means there was no RAM installed/detected, and sure enough there's no RAM at all inside it.

I'd like to buy some and getting it up and running again, I'm just a little concerned about the display. If there's no RAM installed is it normal for the display to not show anything? I think it sounds like it's working, at least when I turned it off again it made the same sounds that all CRTs make.

Basically, I can deal with simply replacing the RAM but if the display is done for I might pass it on.

Thanks.
I've got some 64mb and 128mb sticks out of an iMac g3, yours for shipping from California.