[OT] Dead Video and no keyboard

Mike Bonner bonnmike at gmail.com
Sat Aug 21 09:49:17 EDT 2010

Wow, just read my own message.  Glad I was writing in my native
tongue, no clue how much more unreadable it would have been if I'd
tried to alternate-language things.

On Sat, Aug 21, 2010 at 7:46 AM, Mike Bonner <bonnmike at gmail.com> wrote:
> Of course do all of this while being careful of static.
> Out of curiosity, with the previous dead card in place, did you get
> bong, no video, but a lit up keyboard? assuming you have keyboard
> lights that flash when its found.  Does the keyboard light up with the
> new card at all during the detection phase?  Are you sure its not
> actually booting headless? If you have another machine, and the
> ill-mannered one is setup for remote admin, can you confirm that its
> not actually up?
> As I mentioned before I don't know much about older macs specificall, but..
> Can the mac g4 run with a single memory chip installed? If so, you
> might try playing a game of musical memory.  Try 1 chip at a time and
> see if you get video with a single. (don't know if it requires dual
> memory banks to be filled or not)
> Also, might want to remove any other pci cards that are in the machine
> leaving only video, as well as do the same test again with the old
> video card.
> Finally, if your keyboard has lights that cycle during detection, can
> you pull all video cards out of the machine and see if things cycle up
> sans video card?
> Are you sure the card you replaced with is compatible with the version
> of g4 you have?
> A silly thing to check, if your motherboard has additional socketed
> types of chips, you might nudge them also just to make sure they're
> still seated well enough, and strangely enough if they've managed to
> get oxidization on any contacts a nudge can help break things loose
> and get things reconnected. (LIke the old atari st, after years of
> service then tended to turn into paperweights. The solution was to
> take off the plastic housing and twist the inside clamshell case
> gently between your hands, causing the connection between the 2 halves
> to clear and clean themselves due to friction)
> I was just reading a little, is your monitor hooked powered through an
> ADC connector? If so, might check the little cable for that is
> connected. (again, running a little blind when it comes to the older
> macs)
> A computer engineer at this point would indeed be handy.
> Wish I could sell you my mac pro, but due to various things beyond my
> control alas its not really feasible.
> On Sat, Aug 21, 2010 at 5:37 AM, Richmond <richmondmathewson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 08/21/2010 11:21 AM, Peter Alcibiades wrote:
>>> Richmond Mathewson-2 wrote:
>>> Is this the point where I try to find a computer engineer?????
>>>   No, this is the point at which you make a Hackintosh!
>>> Peter
>> Actually I am at the stage where my sense of humour has worn very very thin
>> indeed; I have to get tge bl**dy machine functioning again; and having had a
>> day
>> of "fun" at the Bulgarian customs being charged an extra $40 dollars to get
>> my
>> 'import' from the USA just to get my expensive video card I am very close to
>> tears.
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