IBook G3, Mac OSX was running for years with no problems. Shut down the ibook at night but before the shut down was complete the cover/screen was closed accidently. Next morning the shutdown application continued. Now The ibook is dead, no response at all. No external reset button. Tried several net suggestions to reset PMU
Removed the battery and charger. Shift-Control-Option-Power ~Press all of them down at the same time. ~Do not press the fn (Function) key by accident. ~Wait 5 seconds. ~Press the Power button to restart the iBook computer.
Plus others. Nothing, still dead.
Any other suggestions? Thanks Jim Conway firstname.lastname@example.org
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We ran a typical Ibook G3 14 inch battery of tests, including games, applications, and a couple other areas. Time constraints limited the amount of testing we could get done before the NDA lift (and it's already a few hours late), but we will be providing a follow-up article with further testing and information. That said, if there are any specific areas that you'd like to see tested, feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment.
The problem most likely is that you have quite an old browser, so we just need to get you a better one that can run on your operating system.
If you are on OSX, then you should try Opera from here
If you are on OS9, then you need the awesome iCab which you can download from here
With the OS X Installer CD in the drive, try booting your mac and holding down the option key immediately after you hear the start up chime. This will (hopefully) load a firmware boot loader that will show available start up discs. Hopefully the OSX installer will show up as CD Icon. Select the Icon with your mouse or keyboard and press enter to start up with the Installer CD. From the installer you should be able to erase and format the drive as Mac OS Extended before installing OS X.
If the computer still won't boot from the CD double check that it is a retail OS X installer CD. If your CD has "software restore" or "ibook restore" or any other varient of restore written on the label; or if it names a particular model such as "ibook install" or "imac install" it is not a retail copy and may not be a bootable disc. A retail copy will only name the version of the operating system followed by the word install written on it's label and usually have a brief instruction on booting from the CD by holding the C key at startup.
I take it that you just want to run 10.3 and no longer require OS9. After starting from the OSX install disc, run Disc Utilities. Form there you can erase the hard drive. You should then be able to install OSX.
Has the hard drive been replaced yet? Computer hard drives have a 4 year average life. the last g3 shipped in 2002.................The G3 ibook was also infamous for bad logicboards or separated GPUs. Check
http://www.coreyarnold.org/ibook/ or http://forums.macnn.com/69/mac-notebooks/210232/diy-ibook-dual-usb-logic-board/
! for research only- I take no responsibilty if you turn your failing ibook into a brick or set your block on fire, but I know this technique very well!