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When I turn on my mac g3 works but the screen stays

When I turn on my g3 works but the screen stays black

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Some models of G3 iMac have an external display connector under the rear belly plate. Connect a monitor to this connector. If that monitor shows your desktop, your main CRT is blown. The cost of replacing a CRT in this model is almost certainly more than the residual value of the machine.

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