Flower Power

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Hello all,

i know there are a lot of threads related to old G3 iMacs, but since each one is unique I don't feel to guilty starting a new one, especially as I have browsed other threads and none of them solve my problem:

I have a Flower Power iMac i got off eBay. Was for spares and repairs, and I put in an old iMac HDD in, and a stick of RAM. I replaced the battery, pressed that button thing, tested the voltage using a voltometer (all fine BTW). Now when I press the 'on' switch the light does not come on HOWEVER, he small green light on the logic board does. Plus there is a bit of whirring, not like a hard drive, but more like a helicoptor. I reckon it is one of the boards, but am really stumped. Anyone any the wiser on this one than me?

Many thanks in advance.

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Ah, the slot loading iMac ...

one of my favorite machines Apple has ever made. That being said, I'd say that your logic board is most likely the culprit, as logic boards seem tend to fail more frequently on iMacs faster than 500 mhz than analog boards. (the analog boards on the 350/400 mhz models had the most problems due to being rev 1).

A good 350, 400, or even 500 mhz board can be had for very cheap and will most likely give you a functional machine. I keep a pair of 400mhz slot loaders around for sentimental value, in addition to a stripped carcass I haven't gotten around to tossing yet.

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OK cool

So how do I replace one? I got a manual for the iMac, but does anyone know how to, or any links to demonstrate the change?

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From what I've seen, this sou

From what I've seen, this sound more like a PAV gone bad than logic board. I've got several slot loaders, and their failure path for the PAV involves powering on with the mobo light lighting up (sometimes with a slight flicker) and noise from the speakers. I can swap mobos between chassis and each mobo produces the same result. In a good chassis/PAV they work fine.

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I can ditto Jon's experience.

I can ditto Jon's experience. I've got four iMac DV motherboards sitting in a box, all good, taken from machines with bad PAV's. I'm thinking of making an artwork out of them.

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And here is the problem...

It could be either, and getting both will cost me more money than I really want to spend. Add to that a few other upgrades (like RAM and HDD) and I think this thing may be better for the trash.

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You should be able to get som

You should be able to get some money back by selling the logic board, if you can have it tested to be working. There are a few other items that can get some value, but it may not be worth the time to pull them off.

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Also ...

if it is a flower power iMac, you can always skin it and sell the plastics. Since the flower power and blue dalmation iMacs weren't around for long, there are always some collectors interested in the plastics. Heck, I'd even be game for a set of the plastics for a flower power.

(sold the skin of a snow iMac a few months ago from a project that never came to fruition)

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Re: Also ...

iantm wrote:

there are always some collectors interested in the plastics. Heck, I'd even be game for a set of the plastics for a flower power.

Like me! I just got outbid on a Flower Power skin set. I am always looking on Ebay for them.

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Thanks for the advice, this iswhat I've done

I've skinned it, taken a few things like speakers, faraday case, screws (coz you can never have to many of those) and cd/dvd drive, and have chucked the rest. there is no way I can sell the other bits confidently.
I bought a 350Mhz iMac on ebay for the princely sum of £2! The case is all messed up, so I'm going to swap the skins over.
Anyone ever overclocked an iMac?

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Re: Thanks for the advice, this iswhat I've done

Ricardinio wrote:

Anyone ever overclocked an iMac?

Laughing out loud
/me hugs his 450Mhz Graphite SE DV iMac (originally 400Mhz)

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Re: Also ...

MaxTek wrote:
iantm wrote:

there are always some collectors interested in the plastics. Heck, I'd even be game for a set of the plastics for a flower power.

Like me! I just got outbid on a Flower Power skin set. I am always looking on Ebay for them.

I have one.... make me an offer.
Anything to trade ? looking for SO-DIMMs for a Wallstreet.

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