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isn't resetting the motherboard a normal procedure
Authored by: spyro_le_dragon on Aug 08, '01 04:19:16AM

Isn't it required to reset the motherboard whenever you change the RAM config?
(it is when you add/remove PCI cards).
I am pretty sure people rarely do that for the RAM, but I think it is written
somewhere in the manual, may be in the troobleshooting pages. (But who reads
that?)



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isn't resetting the motherboard a normal procedure
Authored by: aalegado on Aug 08, '01 11:56:28AM

I was not aware of that requirement but on this same machine, when I went from 128MB to 384MB and again from 384MB to 640MB (both times by adding a 256MB DIMM) I did not have to do anything apart from adding the RAM. The only difference between those past upgrades and this one was that this one was done after OS X was installed. The last 256MB DIMM went in in January which predates the OS X release by several months.



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isn't resetting the motherboard a normal procedure
Authored by: aalegado on Aug 08, '01 12:07:09PM

I neglected to address your point about the PCI cards: Again, on this same machine I have not had to reset the motherboard when adding PCI cards. I've added and removed video and SCSI cards from this machine without having to resort to resetting the motherboard. In fact, this is the first time since purchase that I've had to take these drastic steps to restore system operation.

I checked the manual that came with my G4 and there is no mention of the motherboard reset switch nor is there an indication of its location in any of the illustrations of the computer. Specicically, the sections about adding/removing PCI/AGP cards, RAM, and the battery do not mention nor illustrate the location of the switch.

The troubleshooting section does have an entry about a system that won't start properly. It does mention the PRAM trick which I tried after trying DIMM installation combination variations but, again, it does not mention the motherboard reset switch.

This seems to indicate that use of the switch is reserved for service technicians and not for end-users.



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