Ah, great suggestion! PRAM battery; yes, that definitely is worth a
try. Especially as my Google search turns up a highly rated Mac repair
place near Union Square in San Francisco - yikes! (No parking,
traffic. . . plus, as you say, the outlay of money to have it looked
I did just find a good YouTube video. It looks very easy. I'll go get
a battery and see how it goes. Crossing my fingers.
On Jan 27, 2014, at 9:06 AM, James A Perkins wrote:
> Hi Lynette,
> This is a shot in the dark, but I remember having similar problems
> on some older Macs.
> You might need to replace the PRAM battery, which is located on the
> motherboard. The PRAM battery provides power to the Mac's built-in
> clock and other operations while the machine is off. When the
> battery is dead, you'll experience problems like the computer
> failing to boot up.
> It's really easy to replace the battery, especially on those
> Quicksilver machines where the whole motherboard swings open. You
> need to find a 3.6 volt lithium "1/2 AA" battery. It's the same
> diameter as a regular AA, but half the length. Open the computer
> case and the battery will be easily accesible on the "door" that
> swings open. Just pop out the old one and put in the new one.
> Here's some info from Apple's website:
> I also found a YouTube video that shows how to do it (search for
> "Quicksilver PRAM battery"). They use a special nylon tool to remove
> the battery, but you really don't need anything fancy - just your
> fingers. The only important precaution is to make sure you unplug
> the computer first and discharge any static electricity on your
> hands before touching the motherboard. Just touching the power
> supply should do the trick.
> This might not work but it's cheaper and easier than bringing it to
> a repair shop.
> Sent from my iPad
> On Jan 27, 2014, at 10:56 AM, "Lynette Cook"
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> I have an old Quicksilver tower (the version between the G4 and Mac
>> Pro) that won't boot up. It was fine before I left on vacation over
>> the holidays. I shut it down before leaving in case there was a
>> storm while away (there wasn't - it's been bone dry out here in
>> CA). I just tried to turn it on to access some old data and I get
>> nothing except a glowing light on the power button when I press it.
>> Any ideas what I should do other than call a Mac repair person?
>> Ms. Lynette R. Cook, Artist/Illustrator
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