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Thread: B&W G3 startup default to os9

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    i have a b&w g3 w/ a 500mhz g4 card and 768mb running os 10.2.8. all of a sudden everytime i boot up my mac, it defaults to os9 and the date/time goes haywire back to 1959 or the 60's. then i have to use startup disk and restart into os x and synchronize the time. please help. is it my battery?

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    Battery is a possibility. Someone else had or explained the exact same problems/issues not sure what computer it was on and don't remember the fix right now.

    I'll search this forum.

    Run Disk Utility, DFA, Disk Warrior, permissions as a start.

    Randy

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    RAM is also possibility. Bad RAM will do some strange things. Can you check it and see if it is 10ns, 8ns - CAS2, CAS3?

    I would do an Open Firmware reset the next time you try and boot. If your getting a startup chime it might fix it. After hitting the power button hold the Command+Option+O+F keys. This will put you in the Open Firmware interface. At the '>' prompt type:

    >reset-nvram
    Return
    >set-defaults
    Return
    >reset-all
    Return

    Randy

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    Good call Randy.

    ?Use Dimm First Aid to make sure our RAM is at least 8 NS. 10 NS is not good enough in the B&W. Mostly though I'd say your symptoms are typical of a Bad battery. Either test it 3.3 - 3.7 volts, or replace it.

    RIck

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    thanks so much for all of your advice. this has got to be the best mac tech site of all time. i will pass the word to all mac users i know. apple is going to loose money on their pay for tech service business. i will keep you posted on a fix.

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