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Power Mac - Powemac G3 won't start the OS


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Everytime I start the Power Mac G3 it starts to mount the drive and then the only thing that shows up on the screen is a floppy disk and a question mark in the middle does anyone know what this means and how do I fix it?

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That happened to my G3 B&W and I fixed it with a hammer...

I raked my brains over it trying to find a solution and couldn't come up with anything. I tried different CD drives, Mac OS 9/X media, memory, hard drives, etc, etc. The only thing I got was the question mark. The only thing I can think of that would cause it would be a bad logic board, which I wasn't about to replace. I paid $20 for the entire system, so spending $20-40 on a logic board doesn't make logic to me and my wallet.

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I read earlier that if it is making a clicking noise then it would be the HDD. That is what this is doing but when I replace the HDD nothing still get the same thing. Any other ideas I fortunately have extra parts lying around from other Macs and PCs to try. I wish I could take a hammer to it but it is an office computer the the person really needs it.


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Well, the only thing I didn't try was swapping logic boards, so that MUST be the solution. Either that or I was missing something...

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