Will it power up without the hard drive in?

I bought a used Apple iBook that does not have a hard drive. It will not power up even though I have the battery and a new adpater.

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The iBook should power up showing a grey screen with a folder and question mark.

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You are correct of course--I had a brain cramp. Ralph +1

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It happens sometimes Ralph LOL !!

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Thanks for the answer. It does not light up although I have voltage on the other side of the dc in and at the battery contacts. any thoughts. I have a new ac adapter.

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You mean you checked the voltage at the DC in board cable end (black connector) that connect to the logic board ?

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