Sunday, July 3, 2005 3:20pm
New Orleans (shesh' it's getting hot.)
Hello there Good Geeks!
I've got a recently acquired project: Rev A Beige G3 266 DT OS 9 with no video output. It's all original as far as I can tell except for 384MB RAM. The machine sat unplugged for a year, then booted once but would not boot again. It would freeze with a blank dialog box, or give a bus error message, or one other error message (sorry I'm a bad historian.)
I tried zaping the p-ram, booting from the os 9.1 cd but 'craaped out.
Next after replacing the p-ram battery, reseating the ram and personality card, doing a basic open firmware reset (sounded successful by listening to the drive, but I did it with no video) and resetting the CUDA switch, the machine sounds like it boots ok, but there's no video signal reaching the monitor. The monitor and video cable test perfectly.
Have I fried the v-ram or video processor?
Should I try to put in a new video card?
I've now spent many hours and have finally convinced myself that it's booting, I feel tantalizingly close.
Should I keep hope alive?
I only need this machine for a 4 year old to play edu-games in OS 9 without the web.
Any last rites or suggestions?