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Since today our iMac has suddenly stopped booting.. It's been a while since we used the keyboard on it due the dog eating through the USB cord.. (been operating it using VNC) Today I fixed the USB cable successfully, keyboard worked fine.., but since the mouse was ALSO eaten (damn dog :P ), I decided to plug in an optical USB mouse to the keyboard.., then things went bad... It jumped out of powersave mode with a garbled screen, no sweat, let's reboot it.. And that was the last we saw of the iMac.. When we turn it on now, ...

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    Default iMac G3 333 died

    Since today our iMac has suddenly stopped booting..

    It's been a while since we used the keyboard on it due the dog eating
    through the USB cord.. (been operating it using VNC)

    Today I fixed the USB cable successfully, keyboard worked fine.., but since
    the mouse was ALSO eaten (damn dog :P ), I decided to plug in an optical USB
    mouse to the keyboard.., then things went bad...

    It jumped out of powersave mode with a garbled screen, no sweat, let's
    reboot it..
    And that was the last we saw of the iMac..

    When we turn it on now, it just plays the chimes theme, and falls silent,
    power LED stays orange, screen doesn't turn on..

    We've reset the NVRAM using the command-option-p-r (that works, so the USB
    port is still in working order), to no avail..

    We replaced the RAM with another stick.., no avail..

    I tried hitting the CUDA switch.., still nutn..

    I even tried command-option-o-f and then typing blindly:
    reset-nvram
    reset-all
    mac-boot

    Nothing happens..

    Also tried disconnecting everything non-vital, disconnected all USB devices,
    disconnected the HD and CD-Rom, even the videoconnector.., but it still
    doesn't do anything more then playing the chimes thing when we start it up..

    Unfortunately I don't have a battery tester here to test the onboard
    battery, should an iMac boot without the battery attached or when it's empty
    ?




    Anyone has any clue what could be broken ? (my first guess would be that I
    fried the main board somehow)


    Wunk Guest

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    Default Re: iMac G3 333 died

    it's just an idea but why not try :

    did you updates your iMac to Jaguar recently ?
    I remember I had the very same problem on a G3 333Hz iMac DV : I updated my
    system (from 10.1 to 10.2) without updating the firmware as adviced on the
    apple website. After some days of normal use, the computer started acting
    strange and could not be waked up (the same way you describe it).

    No need to change the main board in my case, I could update the firmware at
    least after several tries...

    I hope it could help you... Sorry if not



    Bruno


    "Wunk" <net> a écrit dans le message de
    news:bg3fjg$ftd$wxs.nl... 
    since 
    USB 
    devices, 
    up.. 
    empty 


    Bruno Guest

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    Default Re: iMac G3 333 died

    Oh well, we got our hands on a new (well, 2nd handed) iMac G3 333 for $150,
    we'll prolly use this one for spare parts..

    Though if anyone has any tips, they're welcome of course :)


    "Wunk" <net> wrote in message news:bg3fjg$ftd$wxs.nl... 
    since 
    USB 
    devices, 
    up.. 
    empty 


    Wunk Guest

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