What could be wrong with a Powermac G4 that won't boot from a CD?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by styxfan, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. styxfan macrumors member

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    Someone wants to sell me their Powermac G4 1.25 Dual for 200 bucks but it doesn't have an OS and it won't boot from a cd. They are in another state, so they'd ship it to me, meaning I can't try it out...

    Anyone know if something serious could be wrong? It's probably just a drive, but I don't want to buy it and have it be something else.
     
  2. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Um, shipping is always a bad idea unless you know the people, especially when you cannot inspect the item.

    Worst case scenario: everything including logic board, cpu, hardrive is dead/fried. You are essentially getting a case.

    Best case scenario: they have no clue. But if they tried to boot from a CD, they have some clue.

    Why would they NOT have a harddrive to boot it up or test it? If they have another mac they can use it as a firewire drive. How did they erase the harddrive if they cannot boot from a CD? You need to boot from another device to erase the boot drive.

    So I would be cautious.
     
  3. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816

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    AFAIK, thats a really low price for that particular machine......I'd be very suspicious :eek:
     

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