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Over a year ago, I bought a Powerbook G3 Main Street (the one with the passive matrix screen).  Since I owned it, it takes a long time to start up.  When I plug it in, the HDD starts up immediately and the power light comes on and then the HDD stops.  I press the power button, hear the startup chime, and then silence for the next two minutes.  After two minutes the HDD starts up again and the screen turns on and everything is normal.  The computer runs fine otherwise.  At first I thought it was just a quirk of this particular model, but now I'm beginning to wonder if maybe something is wrong.  I tired replacing the HDD and nothing changes.  Maybe it's nothing, but I thought I would ask here for your opinion on the matter.

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It's normal for PBG3 WallStreet/MainStreet to do so when PRAM battery is old or just dead. Try reset PRAM, leave it plugged on power block for a while , or change the PRAM battery (not so easy on the WallStreet...).

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It's most likely the startup RAM test; you can disable this check by holding down command + option when double clicking the Memory Control Panel, then deselect the start up test

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Mine also does the first part when you plug it in and the HDD spins for a second.  I think as pointed out it is because of the dead PRAM battery.  They are rechargeable but I have 3 PBG3s and none of them will charge.  They are a pain to replace in the first gen models but a bit easier in the lombard/bronze keyboard models.  Of course the cells are pricey.  I wish there was an alternative.   Mine, however, turn on and boot right away.  There is not a 2 minute delay.

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I have read all of your replies and I will keep what you guys said in mind.  

 

Since making my last post, I have added a PDQ to my collection and it starts up about the same length of time as the Main Street, but it behaves a bit differently.  Instead of silence I can hear HDD activity the whole time.  Despite this, this laptop has a great screen, which is much better to look at than the passive matrix screen I had to stare at while writing 800K disk images to floppy for my SE.

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Since my last post, I tried disabling the memory test, but I guess because the PRAM battery is dead my changes weren't saved.  I have since downgraded the PDQ from OS 9.2.2 to OS 8.6 and it starts up a little quicker, the delay is only a minute now instead of two.  The startup RAM test option no longer appears, was that not a thing in OS 8?  Still, I really like the PDQ.  It's currently my most used Mac.

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