OMG! Powermac G4 doesnt start!!!!!

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by puckmonkey, Mar 26, 2004.

  1. puckmonkey macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2004
    This is driving me nuts. Bought a used Powermac G4. Great buy...I think its the 500Mhz model.

    Anyways, the stupid thing...when you turn it off, then restart it, nothing happens.

    The Fan Runs
    The lights inside come on.
    The CD light flashes

    Thats it.

    I turn it off, then turn it on, same thing.

    Unplug hard drive data cable, everything works fine (of course it wont boot)

    So I plug everything in, let it sit over night, bammo, it starts up. Also, it seems that in order to do this, you HAVE to press the keyboard start key, not the power button.

    What on EARTH is this about?
  2. mrwheet macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2003

    I had a problem similar to this once, recently. Is it running OS X? If so, once you get it booted, go to Startup Disk and select the drive it's booted from. Don't know why, but it worked for me -- maybe something like the old "blessed" system folder thing in OS 9.

    If it's OS 9, try pulling the "Finder" app out of the system folder, dropping it on the desktop, then dragging it back in... that is, "blessing" it.

    that's all I can think of... good luck.

  3. mrwheet macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2003

    Then again, it could be a dead drive.... (shorting out the system).

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