I recently came across a Power Mac G4 that I was tasked to find out if it worked. The computer had been slightly stripped, having no optical disk drives and all cables inside disconnected. After I connected everything related, I then turned on the computer, that didn't boot, as indicated by the absence of any graphical output.
After some fiddling (checking the graphics card was OK, getting a keyboard, etc), I then remembered that in these old computers RAM could be a factor. There were 4 modules, all of them 256 MB. Except one was slightly taller than the rest. The module in question is similar to this one I found online:
The numbering on the sticker, after the PC100 designation, was different on that module. I removed that and another one, so as to have a pair. The computer booted and everything ran fine.
The modules were, as far as I can remember, all equal (except for the differences stated previously). Why would that particular module prevent the computer from booting if at first sight they matched?
Also, does the numbering after the PC100 designation have some specific meaning?