Help with My G3 Powerbook

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Help with My G3 Powerbook

Ok so like 6 months ago I spilled Ice Tea on my Pismo Powerbook and it wouldnt turn on anymore. So I disasembled it and whiped everything clean. Still nothing. After like 2 months I tryed to turn it on and holy crap it turned on but all that happens is it plays the sound then it goes to the normal gray screen then it goes to a different color grey screen after a second and then stops, I never see the white apple or anything. So today I went and bought a used motherboard for it kuz I figured I might have fried the mb but after changing it out its the same problem. Do I need a new processor? What else can it be? Also once out of every like 30 times I turn it on it will show the white apple but never get the little blinking white circle loading thing on the bottom. Twice ever with the old mb I got it to boot up but then it froze after like 30 secs.

I really need help I am a colleg kid with little money and I need the pb to work for school.


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I did the same thing too!

except i spilled coffee on it. have you tried replacing the proccessor. and made sure that everthing is plugged-in/ screwed in tight? I also know that in computer part recovery that they use distilled water by spraying in on the board. they only used distilled because it doesn't have any contaminents in and gets rid of the contaminents on the device, you might try that on the compontents by spraying it on the boards and then wiping it off. the stuff you spilled on it can short out the stuff or cause it to over-heat. another thing is that you could have killed the HDD. Blush Blush

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Yep, distilled water is the best cleaner . . .

for this-sort-of-thing. I'd even suggest dunking the affected part(s) in a container of distilled water, swish 'em about, let 'em sit and soak, etc. Once thoroughly cleaned, let them dry for a few days.

Don't get impatient, I've fried a few things by not waiting long enough!! Alternatively, one could bake the wetted parts in a low temp oven (say under 150F) for a few hours, which ought to get them dry enough.

I've also used a hair dryer to dry parts, but it's hard to ensure every little drop is gone, there's so many places under chips where water can hide. It only takes a small amount of not-quite-pure water to short a couple of traces and render an otherwise usable part useless.

In any case, the point is to remove all the junk and gunk that were in the spilled liquid.

dan k

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