Currently Being ModeratedMay 18, 2013 11:00 AM (in response to Anon M)
Hi, see if it will start in FireWire target disk mode...
If not then pulling the drive & using something like this...
Currently Being ModeratedMay 18, 2013 3:45 PM (in response to Anon M)
It surely has a dead PRAM battery--about US$5 online and is accessed through the same door on the case bootom through which you access the RAM modules. Although not so much with the eMac, a dead PRAM battery can creae startup troubles.
Link to battery: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Newer%20Technology/BAA36VPRAM/
The "clunk" noise is probably the degaussing circuit in tne CRT monitor firing up. Most such circuits are thermister-controlled so only "fire" on a cold start when the monitor in at room temperature, like after the computer has been odf for som eperiod of time. You shouldn't hear it on a restart becasue the monitor is already warm.
We have two eMacs--I think the "clunk" is standard equipment.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 18, 2013 3:52 PM (in response to Allan Jones)
A question about the SATA cable, or whatever you call it, I can't use it alone, right? I mean this is not like the FireWire method where I just simply connect one Mac to another. I believe I need one of these boxes where you actually put the hard drive inside? This is more complicated then, because I don't know how to get the hard drive out, and I'm scared of messing up things even more.
I guess I'll first try the FireWire method, and if that fails to work (there's no reason it would I think?), then I'll get one of those batteries!
Probably I'll get a battery like that anyway, to get the computer to work again, then I can offer it to someone. Better than collecting dust here.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 18, 2013 6:23 PM (in response to Anon M)
PRAM Battery, 4 years is close to their lifespan, far less if ever without AC power, & can cause strange startup problems...
Currently Being ModeratedMay 18, 2013 6:49 PM (in response to Anon M)
A question about the SATA cable, or whatever you call it, I can't use it alone, right?
You can. That adaptor lets you attach either a PATA drive (like in yout eMac) or an SATA drive to any other Mac via USB. It comes with a power supply. The computer sees it exactly like it were in an enclosure but there is noenclosure. You can plop a bare drive on the table and move files to your heart's desire.
A most handy tool when a computer dies from a bad monitor or logic board but the HD is still working.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 19, 2013 3:41 AM (in response to Allan Jones)
Oh, how cool
Well then, thanks for the help guys! Glad we found a solution.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 5, 2013 12:13 PM (in response to Anon M)
I just noticed, how is the FireWire solution supposed to work when you have to start the target computer? The whole point of this is that I can't start the target computer -- at all
Is there still a way of doing it with FireWire without starting it?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2013 11:05 AM (in response to Anon M)
No way to use Firewire if it won't start/power on at all, only mentioned it because occasionally it may start in Target mode wnen nothing else works.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 7, 2013 12:58 AM (in response to BDAqua)
Too bad! Is there no other method to start from the hard drive in the Mac, without takings things out or something?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 7, 2013 12:09 PM (in response to Anon M)
I've often wondered if it'd be possible to connect one of these & the included Molex power adapter to an eMac's drive without actually pulling the drive out, just seems like it'd be a tight fit, but might work...
Currently Being ModeratedJun 7, 2013 3:45 PM (in response to BDAqua)
Hmm interesting, how exactly does this work?
And so I don't need the computer to be turned on at all? For those few Euros and free shipping I think I'd try it, need to see if there's some of these cables available here too as we don't have the same plugs.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 7, 2013 9:04 PM (in response to Anon M)
Can't see yourv latest reply... sometimes posting to it will then show it... testing...
Currently Being ModeratedJun 7, 2013 9:02 PM (in response to Anon M)
If I can find ne of mine I'll try it myself, but in your locale, tes, you may need an AC adpter/plug for the unit's AC plugin.
If it worked, you'd need not have the eMac plugged in or working at all.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 8, 2013 3:09 AM (in response to BDAqua)
Weird, haven't had this bug before yet?
That sounds like a good solution. Where exactly or what exactly do I plug where?
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