Thanks. I am not at home where I can try it at the moment. The problem is *before* it tries booting. The screen is all black. Eventually the tone comes on and the screen turns on and then it attempts to boot.
I have unplugged both the SCSI2SD and the floppy and had nothing plugged into the external and it still would hang on startup. Once it works once, it boots quickly after that. I noticed last night that sometimes it doesn't boot (after the tone comes on)when the SCSI2SD is there and it has a floppy symbol with a ? on it. The fix for that was to unplug the power cord from the back and plug it back in. I also noticed when the power was plugged in but the switch was off that if I connected or turned on the external CDROM that the SCSI2SD light would flash. This tells me that there is power to the motherboard even when the switch is off. Something is probably getting stuck with this low power state that is causing the hang, so maybe I should use the powerstrip switch to power everything off.
Also, I have been having read errors with my Floppy Emu, and I asked the creator about it and he said this:
I’m guessing there’s electrical noise in the data connections to/from the Emu board. Often this is the result of a Mac with some internal problems, like a power supply that’s out of spec or fluctuating, or failed Bourns filters on the disk I/O lines, or a second connected disk drive that’s faulty. These can introduce excess noise into the digital signals that wreak havoc and cause errors in unpredictable places. If you have another Mac you can test with, that’s the easiest way to check that theory. It’s also possible there’s a defect with the Floppy Emu or its cable. I do test all the hardware before shipping it, but if this is a rare/infrequent error I might have missed it. You are covered by a 1 year warranty if there’s a hardware problem.
So I am wondering if I might have jittery electrical signals going around that might be caused by bad capacitors and/or a bad power supply. I will try disabling the RAM check. And yes, the battery is dead because the date keeps going back to something like 1956. This might be the cause of issues after it has been off for awhile and then starts working again once the battery comes to life a little bit. Not sure.