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Powerbook g3 will only power up for a few seconds then shut off, charger was bought on ebay as well as the computer, computer has no hard drive and only 32m of memory

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Hi Alienlogic,

As noted in my other response to your other posting, more information is useful.

The computer isn't going to boot-up normally with no hard drive.

You might try target booting if you happen to have another bootable drive you can connect with (like a FireWire drive with the OS installed, or if you're trying to boot from an install CD, or Netbooting to a server).

Having only 32Mb RAM doesn't help, but in this case, your computer really has nothing to boot-up. Get yourself a hard drive you can use, or one of the options I mentioned above.

If I can be of further assistance, let me know. If this helps or solves the issue, please rate it accordingly.

Thanks in-advance,

Jon


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2) From your description above, it sounds like you have a faulty connection in the laptop's DC/Sound card (the small circuit board that the power cord plugs in to). You can sometimes get a temporary workaround by rigging a way to apply gentle pressure on the plug to keep it connected, say with a rubber band or the like, but the only real fix is to have the board fixed or replaced. Sooner or later, the workaround - won't any more.

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