Thanks for your responses,
my 867 Quicksilver 2001 is not like the MDD macs I see in these posts.
I have left it unplugged since I posted the question because the ticking sound when plugged in makes me nervous - doesn't sound as regular as a time bomb but scary. It had started once in a while, then more and last I checked with various power chords and outlets, it was constant.
The machine doesn't react in any way to the power button at this point.
I saw somewhere on the forum a way to push the on button for a 5 count then take out the battery and unplug and wait and then I can't remember the rest... Based on the symptoms I've described, do you have a recommendation for next step?
I saw somewhere on the forum a way to push the on button for a 5 count then take out the battery and unplug and wait and then I can't remember the rest...
I think you might mean a PMU/SMU reset.
How to reset the SMU/PMU on a Power Mac Earlier G3, G4, G5 models...
do you have a recommendation for next step?
Offhand, it sounds like the Power Supply is bad.
OK, I found the info I was looking for on the forum, which was:
"Disconnect all external devices/cables/cords except the power cord.
Touch a metal slot cover on the back of the Mac as a static electricity discharge precaution.
Remove the battery.
Reset the PMU, depressing the button for a five-count.
Depress the front power button, again for a five count.
Wait 30 minutes or so to insure the capacitors on the logic board are fully discharged.
Reinsert the battery.
Reconnect the power cord, mouse, keyboard, and monitor and attempt startup."
After doing this, the power button did light up! BUT went out immediately
Same thing several tries.
Also when I plugged it in after the 30 min without battery, there was the ticking sound for a few seconds, but then stopped. Hmm. ?
Here's info on your Mac...
If it is the PSU, you can convert a cheap ATX PSU...
I let the G4 sit unplugged months (with the new battery).
Then I tried a last ditch idea, picking it up and shaking it in all directions. (saw someone's post that this had worked!) Then plugged it in and no more ticking sound.
Then after a few days, tried and it started up! It would shut right down if monitor plugged in.
Every day for the last 2 weeks, I start it up with nothing connected. It would run for 2 minutes, then up to 3 minutes, but for the last 2 days only 1.5 minutes, before shutting down.
Is there a next step to get it up and running? or is this all I can hope for?
Thanks for any info