Original post by: Brian ,


This is just an update from the O.P. Since I had nothing to lose, I tried an old trick that revived a Powerbook 170, back in the early 90s. I put it in the freezer for a couple of hours (after first removing the battery and the hard drive). After thawing it out and putting it back together, it booted up as if nothing had ever been wrong. I don't really believe this is going to be a permanent cure, but it may get me through a few days while the replacement machine is in transit.

Thanks to Mayer and Dan for their wise counsel.