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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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