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    I found a PowerMac G4 in the trash and got ram today,It has no harddrive BTW, so I put the ram in and connected it to a monitor through VGA. When I turned it on I heard the bong but nouthing on the screen. Is the graphics card broken.
    Its a AGP graphics

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    There should be a label on the back with the shipping specs. Post those if you can so we know what machine you found.

    One quick thing to try. Do you have a keyboard plugged in? Is it an Apple keyboard? If it's an Apple one, right after that startup sound, hold and keep down the following keys, Command+Option+P+R. Hold down all 4 keys right after that sound and wait for two more startup sounds. That resets the PRAM.

    Since you say the video card is AGP, Is it seated all the way in the AGP socket on the board?

    The Startup sound is a good sign as it's probably passing the RAM you installed.


    If the keyboard you are using is a Windows keyboard, Hold down: Control+ALT+P+R like above.

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    The model
    The model is AGP Graphics Model (when I looked up the serial) I will try a pram reset and make sure the gcard in. I will remind you though, THIS HAS NO OS INSTALLED just incase

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    The PRAM Reset Worked

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    Thank you
    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    There should be a label on the back with the shipping specs. Post those if you can so we know what machine you found.

    One quick thing to try. Do you have a keyboard plugged in? Is it an Apple keyboard? If it's an Apple one, right after that startup sound, hold and keep down the following keys, Command+Option+P+R. Hold down all 4 keys right after that sound and wait for two more startup sounds. That resets the PRAM.

    Since you say the video card is AGP, Is it seated all the way in the AGP socket on the board?

    The Startup sound is a good sign as it's probably passing the RAM you installed.


    If the keyboard you are using is a Windows keyboard, Hold down: Control+ALT+P+R like above.
    This worked

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    Quote Originally Posted by lijrobert View Post
    This worked
    Glad to hear that got it running for you. Keep us posted and have fun with your G4.

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    OP has mentioned that this computer has no hard drive in it (and thus of course has absolutely no operating system)...so I'm kind of confused how successful this exercise was...other than getting a grey screen with the flashing "?".

    Am I missing something??

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    OP has mentioned that this computer has no hard drive in it (and thus of course has absolutely no operating system)...so I'm kind of confused how successful this exercise was...other than getting a grey screen with the flashing "?".

    Am I missing something??

    - Nick
    The problem was that there was no flashing screen

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