Boy I really hope someone can help me! I returned from a weekend away, turned on my eMac, which booted fine (maybe a bit slow), and I got on the web fine, checked some sites, then left to do something. Five minutes later, I returned, and the eMac was asleep- or at least looked like it, as the screen was black and the drive was running. But I couldn't wake it up! I didn't think much of it, so I just did a hard reboot...
...but now nothing! I turn it on, and it sounds like it is running, but the screen stays totally black. It does not respond to keyboard functions either (caps lock light, etc.). I tried to book off the Tiger disk, but still no response. Not very useful.
Does anyone have any ideas? Could the CRT tube have died? I thought I heard some HD clicking before, so my first thought was the hard drive...but then I would still be able to boot off the CD, n'est pas?
Sorry, seriously, yeah it sounds like your CRT went kaput. Any way for you to take the hard drive out and put it in a friend's mac, or in an external firewire case and boot from it from a friend's mac? That would help in figuring out if the hard drive is the problem....
Connect an external display to the eMac via the mini-VGA port on the side of the unit - this will mirror the image to the external display. If there happens to be an image, the analog board/CRT is dead, and will be outrageously expensive to repair. If the image does not mirror (black screen on the external), your logic board is likely defective, and will be equally as costly to repair. Even if your hard drive did break down, it would not hamper the eMac's ability to produce video.
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OK, thanks for the advice...but here's an update. After giving my eMac the night to rest, my wife tried it in the morning, and it booted fine. In fact, she used it during the day several times with no issues. Then in the evening, it crashed twice-- a full crash, where it didn't respond to any mouse or keyboard instructions. I had to hold the power button to reboot, after which each time it restarted without issues.
Any clues on this? God I am getting flashbacks to my Win-doze days here. I'm thinking I might try an erase and install of the OS on the HD after a backup-- something I've never done in two years. Good idea?