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Hi all, I'm looking at a 350MHz iMac for a friend.  It doesn't power on when the button is pressed at all.  I can hear the high voltage come up for a second, and then slowly discharge when the button is pressed.  The Power LED doesn't come on, or even flash.  I don't hear the CRT degauss.  I do hear a mild pop from the speakers.  Checking the voltages listed in the service source, I see voltage on the standby circuit, almost exactly 5 volts.  I also see voltage at the C10 cap, around -1.3 volts.  Does anyone have any ideas on what might be the issue?  Might this be a general caps problem?

 

Also, is there a way to run the logic board externally to test it?

 

Thanks!

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23 minutes ago, IlikeTech said:

Hi all, I'm looking at a 350MHz iMac for a friend.  It doesn't power on when the button is pressed at all.  I can hear the high voltage come up for a second, and then slowly discharge when the button is pressed.  The Power LED doesn't come on, or even flash.  I don't hear the CRT degauss.  I do hear a mild pop from the speakers.  Checking the voltages listed in the service source, I see voltage on the standby circuit, almost exactly 5 volts.  I also see voltage at the C10 cap, around -1.3 volts.  Does anyone have any ideas on what might be the issue?  Might this be a general caps problem?

 

Also, is there a way to run the logic board externally to test it?

 

Thanks!

Hey Iliketech, does the motherboard have a VGA port at the back?, if so you can try an external monitor to see if there’s any Image

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On 11/23/2020 at 9:23 AM, IlikeTech said:

If not, It's likely the flyback and that's unobtainium unfortunately.

Well, the flyback itself may be (at least until some enterprising rich person decides to either clone it), but in the meantime, you should be able to part out the PSU/AB of an otherwise working iMac whose plastics are shattered (which, sadly, are relatively common)?  It probably wouldn't last like a new part would, but it should last long enough for your friend to enjoy it.

 

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Well, I wound up using this machine as a CRT donor to fix his other machine that had a CRT with some deep gouges in the front glass from being set down screen side down on the ground at the dump where it was found.  That machine is a tray-loader and should be much more reliable in the grand scheme of things.

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I'm having the same issue with my newly acquired iMac G3 DV SEs. I have acquired three of them that seem to have been stored for about 20 years inside of a warehouse (two in their original boxes), and which were used perhaps only a few times before being shelved.

Unfortunately, all three have exhibited the symptoms as described by @IlikeTech whereby the CRT attempts to power up, and there's a pop in the speakers, but nothing else happens. I actually have replaced nearly every capacitor in one of the iMacs for its logic board, the PSU, the downconverter board, AND the CRT board. Having done all that, nothing has changed. The same symptoms are exhibited.

I am aware that it needs a good 3.6V 1/2-AA battery in place in order to power up, which I have installed, followed by pressing the PMU (Power Management Unit) reset button (once, as proscribed by the Service Source manual). Nothing changes.

 

It seems unlikely to me that all three Flybacks would simply die, just sitting there for two decades.


Any thoughts?

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5 hours ago, Iesca said:

I'm having the same issue with my newly acquired iMac G3 DV SEs. I have acquired three of them that seem to have been stored for about 20 years inside of a warehouse (two in their original boxes), and which were used perhaps only a few times before being shelved.

Unfortunately, all three have exhibited the symptoms as described by @IlikeTech whereby the CRT attempts to power up, and there's a pop in the speakers, but nothing else happens. I actually have replaced nearly every capacitor in one of the iMacs for its logic board, the PSU, the downconverter board, AND the CRT board. Having done all that, nothing has changed. The same symptoms are exhibited.

I am aware that it needs a good 3.6V 1/2-AA battery in place in order to power up, which I have installed, followed by pressing the PMU (Power Management Unit) reset button (once, as proscribed by the Service Source manual). Nothing changes.

 

It seems unlikely to me that all three Flybacks would simply die, just sitting there for two decades.


Any thoughts?

 

Sadly I can't help, but I do hope you find a solution. I picked up a Flower Power over the weekend which has the same problem, splitsecond of HV and speaker popping when trying to power on. I'm going to get a donor machine at some point anyways, probably a generic color like Graphite or Blueberry, to fix this one up (front is yellowed so I need better plastics as well), but I'd still like to keep the original PAV as a spare if it can be revived.

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