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PowerBook - Old Powerbook G3 Death?

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Hey all... I have a Powerbook G3 from around 2000... used it for the last time about 2 years ago, and it's been bagged up in a backpack since then. It worked fine last time I used it (although the firewire port got shorted out somehow)... But I went to turn it on last night to get an old file off it, and it won't start up at all.

Of course the battery is dead, but I had it plugged in to a wall outlet, and even left it overnight, thinking it needed to "charge up" or something. Held the power button down for 10 seconds, plugged/unplugged it from the wall, from the port, etc... no go.

Do Powerbooks just die like that after an extended period of no use? Is there any method of resuscitating it? Not desparate for the file, I can re-make it, but now I'm curious. I probably could have gotten $10 or so on eBay for the thing, if it worked. :-D

Thanks for any input!
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Try disconnecting the PRAM battery - if you remove the keyboard and take the optical drive out then it will be in the lower left hand corner. Try to turn it on after you've disconnected.
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