Hi there! I was working on my G4 Powermac, with only one program open when I the battery was running low. I plugged it in the wall and the orange light on the little the plug that goes in the machine lit up. But the battery icon on screen didn't indicate any charging. When the orange light lights up on the plug it always starts charging! I turned it off and on again to get my work on a USB stick, but when I turned it on again it was only one 1% battery left so I had to turn it off..Now it has been plugged in for a long time and I can`t turn it on. The mac appears to be sleeping but the screen is black... I tried taking the battery out and in again.. to no change. When I test the battery level by pressing the battery-tester-button down one dot is fully and an other is blinking.. Does anyone have any tips. I had my mac for about 3 years
I haven't had any problems with this before. Where the outlet on the machine has a small dent in it and the so the plug doesn't sit as well in the machine as usual.. Someone please help me. I have a big deadline tonight.
well I took it to apple today and they took out the battery, held down the power button for 10 seconds, put the battery back in and turned it on. it work just fine and it was charging and everything in the store. then I took it home and it wouldn't charge but I moved it to another outlet and then it worked. so I don't know if its fixed or not?? they guy at apple told me that if it keeps doing that then it would have to be sent out for repair. so I just have to wait and see.
Mine was doing this too.... I solved it by reconfiguring the battery settings.... When it's off, plug your mac in and press shift+ctrl and power button, release and press the power button again a few seconds later... If it doesnt work you probably need a new battery or something! I'm no expert but it worked for me !
Christina, your AC charging post has crapped out on you, a bad problem with the iBooks/Powerbooks before the advent of the MagSafe adapter. Constant wear and tear on removing/plugging the adapter wears out the charging post. You'll need to get your AC/Sound card replaced. Costs about $200 for some place like Macresq.com to do it for you. I replaced mine myself, but it's not for the faint of heart, as it takes about 20 little bitty screws of 10 different sizes to open it up and replace the part.
Once you've done that, your battery should be alright and start charging again once the adapter is being recognized again.
Apparently reading on other forums the problem seems to be the battery. The g4 battery has a lifespan of 2-3 years and it wont hold a charge and the battery lights dont even go on. Purchasing a new battery will solve this problem.
I have the same problem, sent that to Apple, they tried changing the DC-inboard, battery and power adaptor, without success. Conclusion: the problem is in the Logic Board, which needs replacement. Too expensive for an old computer. If anyone wants to buy it, I'm selling! Powerbook G4 17" 1.67GHz. Just email me.