iMac G4 weird boot issue
I recently bought an 800 MHz G4 iMac off of eBay.
I bought it knowing it had a boot issue. I have a mac service center
in my city but would rather not bring it in if its an easy fix.
Basically, I turn the power on, and I get the usual *mac chime.
The fan turns on, and after a few seconds the screen simply
displays a solid gray/white background. Nothing else.
The eject button on the keyboard does work, usually after about
6-10 seconds after I push the button. My friend lent me her OS X
install CDs (its Mac OS X 10.3, for her iBook G4.) Im just using these
to see if it boots.
Here is what happens upon inserting the disc into the tray and rebooting
with C held.
I get the chime, then the screen goes solid white.
The CD does spin up, but nothing on the screen changes. The CD
eventually stops spinning.
After that, (for the heck of it) I pressed return a few times, and the
CD started spinning up again. After a while the screen faded to a solid
gray, still displaying nothing. After yet another little while, it goes black
as if the iMac is off. (it isn't). I pushed a random keyboard button and
it zapped back to the white, and continues to fade to gray and black after
Thanks very much!
(Also, please note I am very new to the Mac world, Ive been on both
Windows and Linux so Im ok with computers in general.)