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    sjktjohnson
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    Powemac G3 won't start the OS
    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?

    sjktjohnson

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    Powerbook G4 12" 1.5GHz
    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.
    12" Powerbook G4 1.5GHz/512MB/Superdrive/100GB Seagate Momentus 7200.1
    PowerMac G3 B&W 350MHz/1GB/DVD-RW/Adaptec 39160 2X Seagate 36GB 15k RAID0
    Dell E521 AMD X2 4600+/2GB/7600GT/320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10

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    sjktjohnson
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    Power Mac G3
    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.


    sjktjohson

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    Member Since
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    Powerbook G4 12" 1.5GHz
    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...
    12" Powerbook G4 1.5GHz/512MB/Superdrive/100GB Seagate Momentus 7200.1
    PowerMac G3 B&W 350MHz/1GB/DVD-RW/Adaptec 39160 2X Seagate 36GB 15k RAID0
    Dell E521 AMD X2 4600+/2GB/7600GT/320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10

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