Here we have a Powerbook 1400CS 117MHz running System 7.5.3. 64MB HDD 16MB Ram) Real screamer. It's battery can hold a tiny tiny bit of charge but it's always plugged in when a trip down memory lane is warranted. It's got a CD Module in bay #2. Was working a charm until today.
Upon pressing the power button, the speaker "pops", the startup chime fires, the Happy Mac shows up, and after a few seconds, the speaker "pops" again, the screen goes black, and it becomes totally unresponsive. No lights, no sounds, totally dead. After removing the battery for a few minutes, it was able to go through the same cycle making it to the same spot, Happy Mac, and "pop". Dead duck. Pressing the reset button provides mixed results, sometimes the computer tries (and fails) to make it past the speaker "pop" phase, sometimes it'll give a chime before dying, and sometimes it does absolutely nothing.
I'm contemplating leaving it unplugged and unbatteried for the night starting it by reset button and/or hunting down the PRAM battery and kali-maa it, see if that fixes things... but I wanted to consult the space grey eminence for possible alternative causes? Or perhaps a terminal issue with the device itself? No error tones, and I figure getting as far as I am the hard drive and memory are ok.
Is he dead, Jim?