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Old May 8th, 2003, 03:59 PM   #1
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Okay, while I was surfing ehmac, the fan on my G3 Lombard came on. I was a little disconcerted as it hadn't come on before (I bought it used about 6 weeks ago). I thought, well, it has a fan for a reason, right? So, I didn't worry too much and it shut off about one or two minutes later.

Then, I heard a little 'pop' and immediately smelled something, sort of like a burning smell but there was no smoke or anything. Right away, I pulled the power and RJ45 and tried to shut down but it had frozen. I can't remember if the cursor still moved or not. So, I panicked a bit and it took me a minute or so to think of popping the battery. As soon as I pushed the battery button, it shut off. The battery didn't come out though, is it supposed to?

Anyway, to all the techs out there, I need some help. Should I boot up to see if it starts okay? What could have gone and do you think it is a big thing or just a little curcuit or something like that? Unfortunately, there are limited technical resources around here and I don't trust the local Apple dealer to fix it. I really would like to have some idea what it might be and then considering how serious it may be or not, may consider sending it away to someone from ehmac if necessary, who I would trust a lot more.

Please, any advice or possible suggestions as to what happened are welcome. I am a little upset and desperate. Thanks in advance!!!
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Old May 8th, 2003, 04:07 PM   #2
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Boot the Powerbook and see what happens. If it doens't boot at all, no noise, video, power at all, I'm suspecting your poor Powerbook has mulitple hardware failures, including a damaged logic board. If it does boot and gives errors, post the errors here so I can see what's going on.
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Thanks Lars, I won't be able to try until tomorrow. However, that's not the answer I'm looking for.

I would like to have a well rounded idea of possibilities before I do try, although I understand I guess, that errors would help in the troubleshooting process.

Please everybody, keep 'em coming...
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did the pop and smell come from the power pack or from in the computer
Was there a power surge or blackout?
if it was from the power supply, that can be replaced
Otherwise,I would take it to a tech to get checked out.
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Old May 8th, 2003, 05:08 PM   #5
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i think lars' answer was a good one. how can you tell if something is wrong if you don't turn it on?
maybe open it up (unless still under waranty)and check for scortching on the boards.
if really scared take it to your apple techs.

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Hi minnes, I think it came from the computer, not the power supply. No power surges that I am aware of. In fact, I can still smell it if I sniff around the vents near the battery area. Ohhhh.
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I agree that Lars' answer was a good one in that I have to start it up to see what is happening, yes. I meant, that I was hoping for a more positive possibility as to what has happened. Doesn't mean that I don't appreciate Lar's response.

Regarding telling if something is wrong, I am sure that it is. Things don't go 'pop' and emit odors if nothing is wrong. I was just hoping for a few responses regarding possibilities before I give it a try.
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i know lots of things that go 'pop' and emit odours and aren't broken..he he.
anyways this may sound stupid but i have seen this happen. check and see if the contacts between the battery and the computer are clean, sometimes with older computers (by this i mean after 1 year) the contacts get dirty and not work properly, the 'pop' could have been a mild short between battery and computer causing a slight smell but no real damage.

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Now, see donut, these are the sort of things I want to hear. It may not change what has actually happened, but I am looking for some hope.
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Okay, here's another thing. If I start up and everything seems fine (I can hope), how concerned should I be to use my computer right now? Should it still be looked at? Doesn't this seem to indicate that something should be checked out? Also, this may be a stupid question, but will any error messages be obvious on startup or do I have to look somewhere for a log or something?
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