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G3 not starting

Message #1 - Posted 2004/11/10 - Martin Smith

My neighbours G3, vintage about 1998 refuses to start, the hd spins up ok but no starting screen, no video at all, we have changed the system battery (at great expense) but still no joy, I have check the power and the 12 and 5 volt lines are fine, disconnected hd, but wont start from a cd, any offers of help appreciated, cheers

Message #2 - Posted 2004/11/10 - Jeff Wechter

Previously, Martin Smith wrote:

My neighbours G3, vintage about 1998 refuses to start, the hd spins up ok but no starting screen, no video at all, we have changed the system battery (at great expense) but still no joy, I have check the power and the 12 and 5 volt lines are fine, disconnected hd, but wont start from a cd, any offers of help appreciated, cheers

Try the CUDA. I don't have the recipe handy for this Mac.

Also, why was the battery swap so dear? It shoulda been not too bad.

Message #3 - Posted 2004/11/10 - Martin Smith

Jeff Wechter wrote:

Previously, Martin Smith wrote:

My neighbours G3, vintage about 1998 refuses to start, the hd spins up ok but no starting screen, no video at all, we have changed the system battery (at great expense) but still no joy, I have check the power and the 12 and 5 volt lines are fine, disconnected hd, but wont start from a cd, any offers of help appreciated, cheers

Try the CUDA. I don't have the recipe handy for this Mac.

what is that, pardon my ignorance

Also, why was the battery swap so dear? It shoulda been not too bad.

only one supplier hereabouts, unless you want to spend a whole day looking

Message #4 - Posted 2004/11/10 - Howard Shubs

Previously, Martin Smith wrote:

what is that, pardon my ignorance

The CUDA button resets the motherboard. Let's see if I can find where that is. I can't find it in my documentation. As I recall, it's between or around the PCI slots.

Okay, I gave up and pull my system out of the closet. On my Rev A motherboard, there's a little black button to the left of the left-most PCI slot. Push it.

"...crying in your drink is bad enough; crying into a hot fudge sundae is disgusting." - Jerry Farnsworth in _Job: A Comedy of Justice_

Message #5 - Posted 2004/11/11 - Martin Smith

Howard Shubs wrote:

Previously, Martin Smith wrote:

what is that, pardon my ignorance

The CUDA button resets the motherboard. Let's see if I can find where that is. I can't find it in my documentation. As I recall, it's between or around the PCI slots.

Okay, I gave up and pull my system out of the closet. On my Rev A motherboard, there's a little black button to the left of the left-most PCI slot. Push it.

Found that, thanks, it seems to have the same effect as the small push button on the front with a triangle on it, but alas it has not cured the problem. It is a rev A machine, the switch is just forward of the last ie lower pci slot, I couldn't find anything else, except next to it there is another litle switch which duplicates the power switch. So what do you reckon, time to replace it?
thanks for your help

Martin Smith

Message #6 - Posted 2004/11/11 - Howard Shubs

Previously, Martin Smith wrote:

Found that, thanks, it seems to have the same effect as the small push button on the front with a triangle on it, but alas it has not cured the problem. It is a rev A machine, the switch is just forward of the last ie lower pci slot, I couldn't find anything else, except next to it there is another litle switch which duplicates the power switch. So what do you reckon, time to replace it?

Oh, LONG past that time. Mine made the big move to the closest a year ago last month in favor of a 2GHz G5.

My G3 is a desktop box, so I see the CUDA button to the left. Yours is apparently a tower. I upgraded mine with memory, disk, CD-RW, video memory then a Radeon, a USB/Firewire card, a wide SCSI card, and a Sonnet G4/500 GIF upgrade.

When that wasn't doing it for me, and it wasn't, I was waiting for Apple's next major upgrade. The G5 was it. I put in my order just in time for UVirginia to snap up all the factory's output, and got mine once that order was apparently completed.

The old "beige" G3 worked as my primary machine from March 1998 until October 2003. That's a pretty long run.

"...crying in your drink is bad enough; crying into a hot fudge sundae is disgusting." - Jerry Farnsworth in _Job: A Comedy of Justice_

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