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    iBook G3 Won't Power On
    I recently was given an iBook G3 (I think it is 16 VRAM, A1005). I however was given it without a charger. I bought one on eBay and it came today, but after finally getting it to fit in, (and I know it is the right charger for it), it wouldn't turn on. With, or without the battery. I just get a black screen with no chime. What should I do? I think this computer was rarely if even at all used previously.
    Any thoughts?

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    Does the end of the charger (that plugs into the iBook) turn color (orange or green)?

    If the charger end does turn orange or green when plugged into the iBook...does the hard drive spin up after pushing the power button?

    - Nick
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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Does the end of the charger (that plugs into the iBook) turn color (orange or green)?

    If the charger end does turn orange or green when plugged into the iBook...does the hard drive spin up after pushing the power button?

    - Nick
    Its a replacement one so it doesn't have a light. I also just messed around on the inside, and the cable that is connected that is gold colored under the keyboard, just got ripped just now. I hope that wasn't anything important.

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    Just the keyboard cable that connects the keyboard to the Logicboard!

    Sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    Just the keyboard cable that connects the keyboard to the Logicboard!

    Sorry.
    Ha ha...exactly what I was thinking!!

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    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
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    Quote Originally Posted by rosser View Post
    Its a replacement one so it doesn't have a light. I also just messed around on the inside, and the cable that is connected that is gold colored under the keyboard, just got ripped just now. I hope that wasn't anything important.
    I've seen replacements with the lights as well...guess yours is something different.

    You didn't answer the hard drive question. If you want help...you have to answer all questions!

    But now that the keyboard cable is ripped (all cables are important)...maybe this computer is done for (unless you can get a cheap replacement).

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    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
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    So the computer can still work? I can just plug in a usb keyboard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosser View Post
    So the computer can still work? I can just plug in a usb keyboard.
    Actually that's not a bad idea...so great thought! But having to use an external keyboard kind of defeats the ease of portability of a laptop. So hopefully it would only be for a short while.

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    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
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    You can get a replacement cheap on ebay but be sure the rest of it works first. When my one cat threw up all over my iBook G4, I got a replacement keyboard for $20 or less.

    It could be the DC-IN board. Seen many die and it won't power on. Also could be that Video Chip issue where the chip breaks loose from the Logicboard.

    Nick, I have a replacement power adapter that someone got for an old iBook G3 they left here with no light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    It could be the DC-IN board.
    Great suggestion...that would explain the dark display.

    Quote Originally Posted by dtravis7 View Post
    Nick, I have a replacement power adapter that someone got for an old iBook G3 they left here with no light.
    Yeah...I guess they exist. All of mine have lights (I think I have 4-5).

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    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
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    Also I don't think the hard drive is spinning.....

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    Also its the gold cable thats ripped, not the blue one that the keyboard is, along with the prongs on the board

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosser View Post
    Also I don't think the hard drive is spinning.....
    Yeah...as Dennis suggested...it may be the DC-in board if nothing happens when the iBook power button is pressed.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosser View Post
    Also its the gold cable thats ripped, not the blue one that the keyboard is, along with the prongs on the board
    Usually the keyboard cable is gold/orange colored (a wide ribbon cable). But there were a lot of different models...so maybe that cable was blue on some.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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    It was a thin cable......

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