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Power Mac - Power Macintosh G3 Startup Issue

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Hey guys, I just recently got a used Power Macintosh G3 minitower from a guy, and the first time it booted just fine in mac os 9.2. A message popped up and said something to the extent of, 'Clock and date need to be updated'. The next time I booted it up, it booted up to a gray-blue screen with a little '_' line on the top left corner of the screen. From there it would do absolutely nothing. I've tried everything, starting with extensions off, zapping the pram, replacing the pram, starting up from an OS CD disk, etc. If you guys have any ideas as to what to do, I would greatly appreciate it. It might be the hard drive, (there are two in there btw) as it makes a small clunking noise, and the other makes a high pitch error kinda noise. Maybe I'll try to start it up with a different hard drive. Thanks for the help..
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Open it up and replace the motherboard battery. That's what caused the clock to die.
Some Macs will not boot if the battery is dead.

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