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    Post Please help!
    I have A Power Macintosh G4, and when I press the power button, I hear the fan go on for about 1.5 secs, then stops. Last night it booted up just fine, but this morning I hooked up my monitor up to it and it didn't boot up. I think this is because last night I pressed the PMU reset button. If you can help me I would be happy!
    Just right now I pressed the PMU reset button again, waited 10 minutes, then booted it up. Same result.

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    Try resetting parameter RAM - hold command-option-p-r all at same time on restart - until you hear a second startup sound.

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    Um... I cant get it to boot up, thees nothing in it, not even ram or a hard drive
    I also don't have a Apple Keyboard, since my family uses Windows, mostly

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    All that happens when i press the power button is- Fan starts up for about 30 secs then stops. The Smartboard D15 light doesn't come on so I know it doesn't get power. It might be because it's plugged in to a power strip, which is plugged in to another power strip, which is plugged into ANOTHER power strip.

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    Hey could you translate the keys into windows, like "Command" is basicaly say "Ctrl", for me and i'l try that
    that's not going to work. The keyboard is connected to the Smart board and that's not getting any power. The fan is connected straight to the power supply

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    Remove all the power strips that is inviting trouble. Plug directly into a good mains socket and if still no boot time to write it off. Simply just not worth spending money on when G5's are so cheap.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by madboi9o2 View Post
    Um... I cant get it to boot up, thees nothing in it, not even ram or a hard drive
    I also don't have a Apple Keyboard, since my family uses Windows, mostly
    If I am understanding right and there is no hard drive or memory installed it is not going to boot.
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    Wonder if we been trolled? No memory, no hard drive, no keyboard and perhaps no mouse and wonder why no boot?
    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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    I'm a computer expert, and I just want to access the motherboard settings, ok?

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    Phew! Glad you have the expertise to solve your problem, 'cause I'm at a loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madboi9o2 View Post
    I'm a computer expert, and I just want to access the motherboard settings, ok?
    If you're thinking about "BIOS" settings...Mac's don't have BIOS.

    You also haven't told us if this computer is ever worked for you...or if this computer is "new to you"...and this problem "came" with the computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toMACsh View Post
    Phew! Glad you have the expertise to solve your problem, 'cause I'm at a loss.
    Um, I'm a Windows expert, not a Mac Expert, that's why i'm posting on these fourms, smart one

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    Nick, The other night- It started up just fine without a monitor, keyboard,mouse,hard drive, and ram. By itself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madboi9o2 View Post
    I'm a computer expert, and I just want to access the motherboard settings, ok?
    Quote Originally Posted by madboi9o2 View Post
    Um, I'm a Windows expert, not a Mac Expert, that's why i'm posting on these fourms, smart one
    See the difference?
    Sorry, I'm too much of a literalist.

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