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    Is my imac g3 dead?

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    Question Is my imac g3 dead?
    i bought an used imac g3 indigo 350 mhz some days ago. it worked fine and i didnt find any problem at all ( except for the heating but i thought it was normal for this kind of computers ) today something weird hapened. the crt screen suddently went dark but the mac was still working so i restarted it, nothing apened, then i tried to shut it down and wait and turn it on again. when the mac was starting, something in the screen apered, like a flash, and a noise of something blowing, then computer just shut down himself. i tried to turn it on but the power button didnt do nothing. it started to smell like smoke coming from inside of it so i disconected the power supply ( i was afraid it could explode or something)

    Can anyone tell what happened to my imac g3? Is it dead or is there a way to fix it?(sorry for the bad english,but i am portuguese )

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    Is my imac g3 dead?

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    Question Is my imac g3 dead?
    i bought an used imac g3 indigo 350 mhz some days ago. it worked fine and i didnt find any problem at all ( except for the heating but i thought it was normal for this kind of computers ) today something weird hapened. the crt screen suddently went dark but the mac was still working so i restarted it, nothing apened, then i tried to shut it down and wait and turn it on again. when the mac was starting, something in the screen apered, like a flash, and a noise of something blowing, then computer just shut down himself. i tried to turn it on but the power button didnt do nothing. it started to smell like smoke coming from inside of it so i disconected the power supply ( i was afraid it could explode or something)

    Can anyone tell what happened to my imac g3? Is it dead or is there a way to fix it?(sorry for the bad english,but i am portuguese )

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    Is my imac g3 dead?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miga View Post
    ...something in the screen apered, like a flash, and a noise of something blowing, then computer just shut down himself. i tried to turn it on but the power button didnt do nothing. it started to smell like smoke coming from inside of it so i disconected the power supply ( i was afraid it could explode or something)
    I think that this says it all..."a flash, noise of something blowing, and smoke"...are all BAD signs!!!

    Anything is fixable...but in this case (with a computer that's worth about $10-$20 US)...financially it would not be a good idea.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
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    Is my imac g3 dead?
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    Threads merged...not necessary to cross post.

    Also please post in the correct sub-forum (Switcher Hangout & News and Community Announcements are not the best locations).

    Thanks,

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Is my imac g3 dead?
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    Just forget it not worth repairing and it sounds like the CRT or power supply.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Is my imac g3 dead?
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    I think either the CRT monitor or power supply went. Both aren't really worth fixing on a computer of this age, unless you have experience and access to cheap parts.

    Really, the only practical thing is to go buy a new one I'm afraid.
    -Evan

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