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I have a Powerbook G3. Gets power but does not boot up.

I have a Powerbook G3. The unit was working properly. Now, I plug in the power cord and there is a fan that immediately goes on-I never pushed the power button. The fan runs high and nothing appears on the screen. What is the problem?

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It may not be a fan, it may be the cd drive spinning up. Is there a cd in it?

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