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

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by SR20DETDOG, Mar 9, 2014.

  1. SR20DETDOG macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2011
    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.

  2. iMacC2D, Mar 10, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2017
  3. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Make sure you buy low density PC-100 or PC-133 SDRAM modules sized 32-512MB.
  4. 128keaton macrumors 68020


    Jan 13, 2013
    Damn, another story of an iMac G3 sitting OUTSIDE that still "works".
  5. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    I've got some 64mb and 128mb sticks out of an iMac g3, yours for shipping from California.

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