I received a Power Macintosh G4 "Yikes" in the mail yesterday. It was $40 + shipping so I figured why not? I have a Sawtooth and thought that was good enough to represent the first generation of G4 Macs, but Yikes is a little bit of a different animal with the PCI bus and the low-end 350 MHz processor. It will require a little cleaning and there are some hairline cracks in the case, so it is no where near perfect.
Upon startup, I got no video and no chime so I got to work. First I tried a new PRAM battery, but that didn't help. Then i noticed the memory chips weren't all aligned. One was at an angle. Yikes! That's when I noticed the socket had been bent over a bit. I gently straightened it out to be parallel to the logic board and made sure the RAM was seated properly. Also, one of the other chips wasn't firmly in the slot either. Miraculously, I was able to boot after this fix.
I'll be doing a clean install of OS 9 and 10.4 and then a thorough cleaning of the case in attempt to minimize the scratches.