Hi Kryten, I had real problems getting a battery, we have an apple
store here but they couldn’t help (would you believe it) maplins
didn’t have quite the right one and I eventually got one from an
outfit called TLC, they keep them for fire alarms or something,
here’s a list of their locations:
Well thanks to all for the burst of info - very helpful. The price was £14.99 + £5 for P&P + VAT = £23.49 I think. But at least it’ll be here tomorrow and right now that’s worth a premium. If it’s not the battery, is it wise to spend £100+VAT + a fitting charge for a second hand PSU, which may develop the same problem.
I’ve fitted loads of PSU’s in PCs but this G4 looks a bit tricky. Any one got any experience of this?
Apple sent me a free replacement PSU for my G4 MDD, which was one of those that suffered the “wind tunnel” effect. It came with ~four pages of instructions detailing how to remove the old and install the replacement. I would look on Apple’s very great Support site and see if you can find a PDF of those. If not, let me know and I will dig it out of the basement. (My MDD never developed the flaw (maybe because it sits in my basement in a Marathon rack serving files all day.) I can scan the instructions and post them for you.
Do you have a Mac service store near you at all? We are lucky here in Philadelphia to have two Apple stores and an independent (cut them and they bleed in seven colors) Apple retailer/fanatic who can do board-level repairs.
If you can take the Mac somewhere near a logic board tester, that could tell you where to go with this machine.
My own inclination at this point would be to look on eBay for a similar Mac, and just swap the hard disk(s) and memory and consign the other one to a recycler. Going at it a piece at a time (if the battery is not the actual culprit) will be an expensive game of whack-a-mole. You can get a nice dual 1.25 with Leopard for $450 (buy it now, not auction) at the moment.
No idea how it was in the 80’s, I was living in Rochester NY and then Phoenix AZ at that time. We moved here in 1990, just after Lisa and I got married. Lisa was in grad school here already, and the plan was to move to my choice after that. But then Caitlin was born, and boy, nothing anchors you firmly in a place like having a baby.
My own inclination at this point would be to look on eBay for a similar Mac, and just swap the hard disk(s) and memory and consign the other one to a recycler.
Yes I had thought that may be the way to go. Once I try the new battery arriving tomorrow and if that makes no difference, I already have a few I’m watching on eBay, although Buy It Now is at about £300 & £350…so we’ll see.
If I decide to get a new iMac for example, what are my options for turning my two current internal drives to external. Is there a system or enclosure to convert them from ATA (am I right here?) to firewire for example, so I can boot from one of them.
Thanks Heather. Not so stupid I’d say. I’ve tried 3 cords, all working, first place to start I suppose. I’m just about to start taking it to bits to try and remove the PSU and see if there’s a fuse in there somewhere. Oh dear
I’ve tried 3 cords, all working, first place to start I suppose. I’m
just about to start taking it to bits to try and remove the PSU and
see if there’s a fuse in there somewhere. Oh dear
Something I’d recommend which might seem obvious, but: use a really,
seriously, strong light when you look inside. You may have dislodged/
unplugged something with the cleaning blast, and I’ve found in the
past that a light that’s so bright it’s silly (photographic lamp in my
case) can show you things you might not otherwise have noticed.
Thanks Team. Really appreciate all the input when I’m sure we’re all so busy. I’ve just taken out the PSU -20 minutes. Putting back is going to be a nightmare. I’ll take it to an electronics chappie I know to have a look at it. Have to say, it may be an old G4 MDD 1.25 but it’s incredibly well built and put together. People used to knock Macs for being so expensive, but you can see why.
Just to flag up a previous question, is there such a thing as an enclosure to convert these ATA internal drives to external Firewire?
Just to flag up a previous question, is there such a thing as an
enclosure to convert these ATA internal drives to external Firewire?
There are lots out there. Maplin certainly sell them. Take a peek at
the drive enclosures available from http://www.allmacshop.co.uk as
The important thing that I’ve learned is to ensure the enclosure uses
the Oxford FireWire chipset. Quite how you can do that is open to
question, but good resellers provide that information.
You could also check out the various adapters you can buy which will
allow you to plug a drive in without the need for a case. I’ve got a
USB one with came from Maplin, and is useful for just plugging in and
mounting an old laptop drive to retrieve odds and ends. I believe
there are a couple of FireWire ones out there. Fine if you don’t mind
the rather retro appearance of cables and internal drives all over
your desk! =oD
I’ve just bought a replacement drive for a PPC Mac mini from this
company, and was reassured by a phone call to check I really wanted
the particular drive and was I sure it would work. I’ve bookmarked
their site as a potentially useful supplier of Mac-orientated bits and
bobs, so I’m just a satisfied customer with no other links to them.