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Power Mac - 900 MHz G4 Powers on but won't boot, Iny ideas?


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I have the opportunity to buy a G4 900 Mhz (I think) , guy says it won't boot but will power on.

Quick fix or should I not mess with it?

Any help would be great. Thanks
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Does it display a question mark on startup?

Personally I would stay away from anything that doesn't display anything at all on screen.
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if it will power on, but won't boot, be prepared to install os x (make sure he gives you the discs) and maybe even replace the harddrive.
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When you say 'power on' do you get the start up chime? What shows up on the screen? As Alexis and ki99 points out if you get a flashing ? mark then the System is hosed and you will need those install disks. Then again, the system may be hosed because the hard drive is dead too...!
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I have a drive with Leopard on it, could that be swapped out for the drive that is in there now? Would it boot from the new drive if I put it in? I am waiting to hear more about what is showing up when the computer is trying to boot.

The guy only wants $50 for it and I thought If I could work out the boot problem, it might be worth it.

Thanks again for everyone's input, I really appreciate it.
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Just found out that this box has no video card. Perhaps I can use one from a MDD I have. He said it showed an apple image when the video card was installed.
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Tread carefully and don't pay too much for it. Way it is described, no graphics card and no bootable system don't go over $100.00.
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harryb2448, do you know if a video card from a MDD 1.25ghz will fit in a 933mhz machine?
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Yes the stock standard ATI Radeon 9000 from a MDD will work just fine as the 933 is 4X AGP the same as the MDD.
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just found out that the motherboard is fried. So much for that. Thank you everyone for the help.
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