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Clock battery in G3 beige DT

Message #1 - Posted 2004/05/31 - Alane Sue

My date and time are starting to go wonky on my G3, which probably isn't surprising, given its age.

I consulted my Troubleshooting Guide, and it said that the battery should be replaced by a Apple technician. I don't live in an area where that is an option.

Is this battery so difficult to change? Why do they recommend a technician? I've added memory and a PCI card to the setup in the past.

If it is possible for me to change it, could someone give me information on where to purchase a new battery and talk me through changing it?

Thanks a bunch!

Alane

Message #2 - Posted 2004/05/31 - Don Bruder

Previously, Alane Sue wrote:

My date and time are starting to go wonky on my G3, which probably isn't surprising, given its age.

I consulted my Troubleshooting Guide, and it said that the battery should be replaced by a Apple technician. I don't live in an area where that is an option.

Is this battery so difficult to change? Why do they recommend a technician? I've added memory and a PCI card to the setup in the past.

If it is possible for me to change it, could someone give me information on where to purchase a new battery and talk me through changing it?

Kiddie-play...

If you can see it (which, in the 7500-style case of the DT beige G3, should be no problem at all) you can probably tell exactly what needs doing just by looking at it. ("Oh... there's a clipped on retainer that I need to pull off, then I can pull the old one...")

Radio Shack or a good camera store probably has a proper substitute for it in stock for 6-10 bucks. Once you've got the new one in hand, it's a simple "yank the old one, shove in the new one" concept - just make sure you get the right ends in the right places. Hit the CUDA reset while you're in there to make sure there's no corrupted data lurking in the PRAM from the weird voltage fluctuations that doing the swap WILL create.

Don Bruder - dakidd@sonic.net - New Email policy in effect as of Feb. 21, 2004. I respond to Email as quick as humanly possible. If you Email me and get no response, see <http://www.sonic.net/~dakidd/main/contact.html> Short form: I'm trashing EVERYTHING that doesn't contain a password in the subject.

Message #3 - Posted 2004/05/31 - Chuck Reti

Previously, Alane Sue wrote:

My date and time are starting to go wonky on my G3, which probably isn't surprising, given its age.

I consulted my Troubleshooting Guide, and it said that the battery should be replaced by a Apple technician. I don't live in an area where that is an option.

Is this battery so difficult to change? Why do they recommend a technician? I've added memory and a PCI card to the setup in the past.

If it is possible for me to change it, could someone give me information on where to purchase a new battery and talk me through changing it?

Thanks a bunch!

Alane

Easy user install.

Mac Logic Board Battery Info pages:
http://www.academ.com/info/macintosh/

Scroll down to the PowerMac 7200 instruction set on this page: http://www.academ.com/info/macintosh/thanks_rob.shtml

Battery is available from many Mac suppliers.
Also RadioShack Part #23-026, approx $11.
In the battery kiosk with the hearing aid, camera, cordless phone and garage door opener batteries.

chuck reti
detroit mi

Message #4 - Posted 2004/06/24 - Dave

Previously, Don Bruder wrote:

Previously, Alane Sue wrote:

My date and time are starting to go wonky on my G3, which probably isn't surprising, given its age.

I consulted my Troubleshooting Guide, and it said that the battery should be replaced by a Apple technician. I don't live in an area where that is an option.

Is this battery so difficult to change? Why do they recommend a technician? I've added memory and a PCI card to the setup in the past.

If it is possible for me to change it, could someone give me information on where to purchase a new battery and talk me through changing it?

Kiddie-play...

If you can see it (which, in the 7500-style case of the DT beige G3, should be no problem at all) you can probably tell exactly what needs doing just by looking at it. ("Oh... there's a clipped on retainer that I need to pull off, then I can pull the old one...")

Radio Shack or a good camera store probably has a proper substitute for it in stock for 6-10 bucks. Once you've got the new one in hand, it's a simple "yank the old one, shove in the new one" concept - just make sure you get the right ends in the right places. Hit the CUDA reset while you're in there to make sure there's no corrupted data lurking in the PRAM from the weird voltage fluctuations that doing the swap WILL create.

Yep, done several of those on my macs. Easier than installing a PCI card! You will have to get something to pull on the end of the clip to get it to lift away is all. Radio Shit is the only place I can get one. Got two last week. $15.each!! :(
....DaveC......

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