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In October, I was lucky enough to be asked to "dispose" of a PowerMac G4 Cube. It was complete but very dirty having being left in an outdoor shed for 11 years! I brought it home and gave it a clean, connected it, crossed my fingers and plugged it in. The fuse immediately blew in the plug and from researching the problem, it looked like the psu had died. As I couldn't get into the PSU and was quoted a lot of money to fix it, I bought an LED power supply rated at 28V, 250W and tried that. This time the computer booted up and ran. It worked fine for a few days except that there was a CD stuck in the drive. The CD was read by the computer and iTunes ripped it without an issue but it would not eject. After a few days of normal use, I plugged in the PSU and heard a sparky sound and there was an "electrical" smell. Since then, the cube has been unresponsive. I checked the PSU with a multimeter and it is still producing 28.0V. Could anyone offer any next steps in fault finding? I managed to use this machine to get hooked. It is very pretty and has pride of place on my desk. The keyboard and mouse were nice to use and it was usable on Mac OS 10.3.9. The last time it was started previously was 2007! I love macs and already have a 2005 PowerBook and a 2008 MacBook Air (both in regular use)
G'day, After many years admiring, I finally bought a PowerMac G4 Cube a few years ago off eBay. Not a perfect specimen, but came with a 1.5Ghz Sonnet upgrade card, maxed RAM, decent hard drive... Unfortunately one thing I didn't realise at the time, was that it is missing the black 2pin cable that supplies power from the logicboard to the video card riser (shown in pic), to power the ADC port. As such, the Cube wont work with an Apple Studio Display. I've searched the net high and low, but can't find anyone selling the cable - whilst some sell the riser, they don't include the cable, and some sell the logicboard, but again no cable... As such I'm wondering if I'd be able to manufacture my own... Is there any Cube owners out there who could do me the huge favour of opening their Cube and getting some pics of the 2 connectors so I might be able to match them up with some off the shelf connectors? Thanks, cosmic
The past few months my cube will randomly start up (when I bump into my desk for example), sometimes when gaming, it will randomly crash as well (luckily less frequently.) Recently, I put in a new 80GB HDD, with a fresh OS 9.2.2 install, and also did a new PRAM battery. I zapped the PRAM 3 times when starting up the first time. It had no issues for several days after this. Then randomly, one day, a window popped up on the screen that said "this computer lacks the proper software to go to sleep" and the machine crashed on me. I went into energy settings after this and changed the sleep setting to "never" rather than 20 minutes. Since then its been starting up randomly again and has crashed twice. It really bothers me not being able to leave it plugged in. I'd like to fix this once and for all. I tried rezapping the PRAM as well, to no effect. It crashed after when playing a game. I even checked the wires on the power button and blew dust off everything. I'm not sure but don't think that it's a loose connection. Any suggestions much appreciated.
Hi. I bought a G4 Cube from the bay a while ago, and it currently has some issues maybe you guys can help me with. The Cube is pretty much a stock one, and all it does is: It powers on and shows the apple boot logo / plays the bong and even starts to load the OS. All ok up to here right? Thing is, as soon as I plug or unplug something on the (only working) USB port, it restarts. The other USB port is damaged (!!!!). If I turn it on with something already plugged in, it works, but it seems that the USB port hasn't got enough power to deal with a HUB, a keyboard and a mouse, so I can't really install a new OS onto it. Should I remove the damaged usb port? I heard somethign about a power board going rogue as well? Help!