PowerMac G3 Quicksilver won't load

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by ConfusedMacUser, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. ConfusedMacUser macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2008
    I have a power mac G3 which I have not used for sometime and over the last few days I have tried numerous times to turn it on to retrieve files, but O am having a problem the screen will turn on and the tower is receiving power as it is starting up and I am hearing the usual weiring sound but after a few second it dies.. and nothing!

    I checked the cables are not loose at the back and I have tried opening the side and making sure nothing is loose and blowing out any dust but I still have had no sucess..

    Does anyone have any suggestions... as to what I could try I am not the most technically minded so if you could dumb it down for me that would be great!!

    Thanks in advance...
  2. Hrududu macrumors 68020


    Jul 25, 2008
    Central US
    So which is it? A Powermac G3 or a Quicksilver?
  3. revenuee macrumors 68020


    Sep 13, 2003
    A place where i am supreme emporer
    thought the exact same thing when I saw the post
  4. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    I'm sure he means QuickSilver G4. Whether it's a B&W G3 or a QS G4 really makes no difference, however.

    It sort of sounds like your PSU might be bad. The only other shot in the dark I can think of is resetting PRAM and NVRAM, but I sincerely doubt that would help. Always worth a try, however.

    You do hear the normal Mac OS chime from ROM, and not a crashing sound?
  5. ConfusedMacUser thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2008
    not G3 Quicksilver G4 sorry

    Hi guys sorry I checked and it is actually a Quicksilver G4, tried again last night to load it and i got the mac chime this time then nothing, after trying repeatedly it did actually load once but then crashed and turned off again once I opened a folder to retrieve a document and would not come back on after that... is the general consensus as i feared that it is not easily fixable by myself..

    thanks again

  6. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    It sounds like you have a bad PSU, or possibly a bad hard drive. I'm actually now leaning more towards a bad hard drive since you got it to boot all the way.

    Try booting from CD, and if that works, then you'll have a good idea.
  7. BornAgain macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2008
    North Norfolk, UK
    That sounds just like my G4 Quicksilver when I accidently damaged the PSU. It got worse and worse, sometimes it would boot up for 2-3 seconds then turn off again, then finally, nada. Expensive mistake on my part. Might be worth scouting Ebay or similar for spares or a G4 with a different problem.

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