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My iMac G5 won't start.I get the start-up sound, then a grey background withe the apple logo and the rotatingcircle, so good so far, but after maybe 30 seconds, the screen turns black again, the computer is off. I am not a computer expert and would hope for an answer even I understand. thanks!

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Try to start up the computer without any cable connected on it, maybe the keyboard is making the problem, or the mouse too

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The iMac G5 and iMac G5 (Ambient Light Sensor) computers have a video out port located on the back of the computer, which will mirror video. Video mirroring means you can see the same image that is on the iMac G5's flat-panel display on an external monitor, television, or projector.
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