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    PowerMac G4!

    I sent the power supply back to the seller of the ATX adapter cable for a credit. It didn’t work and having someone else service it was going to be around $90 - a bit much for me at the time. I ordered a couple of SATA to IDE adapters that plug directly in the logic board, but haven’t tried...
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    PowerMac G4!

    I removed all outer plastic parts from the case, and there was some hair and dust. Most of it was near the air intake holes on the front panel and behind the optical bay fan, but eww :) . I bought a StarLink SATA to IDE adapter instead of a SATA PCI card. Given how small 2.5" SATA drives are...
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    PowerMac G4!

    A dual 867mhz G4 processor card arrived today. Woohoo! I want to replace the original hard disk with an SSD and install MacOS 9 and X to it before doing the processor swap.
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    PowerMac G4!

    After a few weeks, I have the MDD working. ATX adapter cable Replacement logic board (ripped off a capacitor with the pad and trace while removing it to clean the case) (soldering iron died while trying to fix the original logic board) SATA to IDE adapter (haven’t used it yet, but will this...
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    PowerMac G4!

    Finally ordered an ATX adapter cable for the MDD so I can actually do something with it. I should have a couple of power supplies I can use with it.
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    PowerMac G4!

    Right now the power supply is on top of the case. I won’t be able to use it until I build or buy an ATX adapter cable, fix the power supply or buy another power supply.
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    PowerMac G4!

    The PRAM battery arrived a day early, so I went ahead and installed it. This time it booted to MacOS 9.2. The fans sounded like they were going to behave initially, but sporadically started to spin up to full speed a few times before the system went into suspend mode. Definitely sounds like the...
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    PowerMac G4!

    I hope to get it working again. I found out who the original owner was, only to find out they died in 2022. It made me feel different about the computer. I ordered a battery for it that will arrive in a few days. I'm also looking at one of the cables to allow it to use an ATX power supply...
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    PowerMac G4!

    Reapplied heat sink paste since it appeared to be original. Same issue when powering on the system. It doesn't power off completely, but goes into sleep or suspend mode. Pressing a key on the keyboard turns on the power LED on the keyboard for a second and then turns off. The speaker has also...
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    PowerMac G4!

    Apparently "working" is something of a misnomer. I tried booting from the original drive one last time before removing it. The fans started at full blast, it got to a desktop after several tries, and then powered off. I'm hoping a reinstall will fix it.
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    PowerMac G4!

    I wouldn't mind upgrading the memory on it, but I took all of the older memory DIMMS I had to electronics recycling a few months ago. I think that I only have DDR3 and DDR4 memory in my stash. I didn't expect that I would find a computer that would actually use memory that old. Once I reload...
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    PowerMac G4!

    It boots! The Mac appears to be the last G4 PowerMac model produced. It has MacOS X 10.3.9 installed, and was not cleaned before sale. It was last used in 2006 and has personally identifiable information (scans of driver’s license, SSN, passport, etc.). It will be wiped. After using this...
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    PowerMac G4!

    I did remove the battery. It hasn’t leaked, but was 20 years old.
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    PowerMac G4!

    Today I stopped at a thrift store on the way home. Initially I saw a nice WiFi router, but turned around and saw this: Looked at the price tag: And thought to myself : I would have to be an idiot to not buy this. Now that it is home with me, I can see if it actually works. It’s a 1.25ghz...
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