Powerbook G4 M5884 not booting.

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  1. 128keaton macrumors 68020

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    Hello! I bought a fully loaded m5884 (512mb, airport card, 500MHZ) but it doesn't want to turn on, like it isn't getting power. This is the same adaptor I use on my iBook, so its a good adaptor. Any suggestions?
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    You want a 65W adapter. Is the one you have 65W?
     
  3. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yes, it is. I actually bought it 3 years ago for my last Titanium.
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Things to try.

    1. Pull the battery out and try to boot (with charger plugged in)
    2. Reset PMU
    3. Pull battery and let Mac sit on charger for a few hours
     
  5. 128keaton, Jul 27, 2014
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    Thanks! But I had to remove the PRAM battery, since it died. Booting now! EDIT: It has 10.4.11, 500MHz, 512MB of RAM. This mac is a small rocket with a high-res screen.
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Cool, glad it boots. The reason I was suggesting pulling the battery was to drive a charge to the PRAM battery. It's been my experience that if the PRAM battery goes flat the TiBooks will fail to boot up.

    In any case, yeah, these are fast Macs.
     
  7. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Boots fully to desktop in ~20secs before cleaning the HD (1GB free). According to the photos and such, this machine was used until 2011. Also, this keyboard is amazing! I'm posting from it right now from Safari on Tiger. I might try T4F, since your rave on it earlier. Thanks for the tip, I plugged the PRAM battery back in and it works again, gonna see if it saves the date after the reboot.
     
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    Tibook, I think it's Tibooks, have a neat ability where they can be put to sleep and once asleep the main battery can be removed and a new one put in. The PRAM battery keeps the ram contents until the main battery is reinstalled. I don't know how long the PRAM battery will keep the system sleeping.
     
  9. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    The AlBooks have that too, at least the 17" models do. I've never tested a 15" as I don't own one and I'm not sure if the 12" AlBooks do it.

    But, I've pulled battery after sleeping my 17" PBs several times and swapped them out. They woke right back up from sleep when I opened the lid and continued on.
     
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    I wish I could test this but my PowerBooks have dead PRAM batteries.
     
  11. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    My PRAM battery works, I put it back in after a while. It keeps time and everything, I can't try the battery thing, and due to some issues with the parents, this is the last PPC machine I'll buy, and I cannot buy anymore parts either.
     
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    Oh man, that sucks. Totally been there dude, and I feel for you. Whatever it is, hope it works out.
     
  13. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    According to them, I cannot split the money between two hobbies, so yeah. Also, everytime it sleeps it actually charges the battery for a bit, or it has something to do with me filling with the latch (probably). Also, any suggestions for a battery latch that doesnt eject the battery without a screwdriver? Its kinda odd.
     
  14. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Sorry, no ideas about the latch. My problem was always worrying that my battery was going to fall out. Had that happen once when I was moving the Mac at Starbucks right as a barista brought me my drink. Made a nice smacking sound on the tile and got everyone's attention. Not that I wanted attention right then! :rolleyes:
     
  15. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Hmm, it only charges when I sleep. Odd, well atliest it charges.
     
  16. Intell macrumors P6

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    If it only charges when it sleeps, then the power adapter is likely the wrong wattage for it.
     
  17. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    65W, which is the apple replacement adaptor wattage for this machine. The original adaptor wattage is 45W (which I don't have).
    I got it to 100% last night and then I unplugged it, went down to 0% in 5 mins, gonna do some battery 'cycling' on it to see if I can get it better. After running some updates and disabling spotlight, the machine boots really slow. Is my HD dying, its pretty fast otherwise?
     
  18. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Just curious. Have you doublechecked the wattage? By that I mean, open System Profiler and click on the Power section. It should tell you the wattage there that the Mac is reading. If it's 65W then that's confirmation and it's probably just the battery.

    I've learned to doublecheck. I got one adapter off eBay once advertised as 65W, but System Profiler kept telling me it was 45W. Two returns later I just asked for a refund because the adapters they kept sending me were STILL 45W only.

    I've had other adapters do the same, even though they are marked as 65W on the case.
     
  19. 128keaton, Jul 30, 2014
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    Huh, thats weird. It reports AC Charger (watts): 0, and AC adaptor cannot charge battery: Yes.
    Any suggestions? On my last PowerBook G4, it charged the battery fine.

    EDIT: I hope it isn't the DC In-board, but it might be the charger. Either way, I'm screwed since I can't buy a new one.
     
  20. Intell macrumors P6

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    What does it report if you connect the iBook's charger?
     
  21. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    This IS the iBook's charger. Its a universal one, Chinese replacement, its actually the same one mseth has for his 12" PowerBook. Also, I put my chin on the palm rest and it gave me a shock (I was checking to see if my keyboard smelled).
     
  22. Intell macrumors P6

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    The shock is cause by not using a grounded three prong cord with the charger. Do you have another charger to try it with?
     
  23. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ah, thought so, and no if you read up further, you'll realize why. I wish I did. Anyone have a spare that you are willing to ship to me for free :D?
     
  24. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I bet it's the DC in. I've had them break like this before. The Mac will take power, but it won't charge the battery, or if it does it's very, very slow.

    I'm sorry, if I had a spare, I'd send you one, but I've got two Macs myself that need chargers so I don't have any to give you.
     
  25. 128keaton thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Figured, I guess I will have to take a charger to Starbucks. If anyone has a spare working DC In-board for a powerbook Titanium, I'll take it.
     

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