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Roy Hobbs
Mar 13, 2008, 04:40 PM
My mother-in-laws Power PC Mac Mini stopped working the other day.
After booting to disk utility and seeing that there wasn't a hard drive mounting I assumed the hard drive was dead.

I ordered a replacement from OWC, opened the mini, and put in the new hard drive. Now I can't get the mini to boot from CD all I get is a blank gray screen and eventually the folder with a question mark icon.

Any idea?? I was under the assumption I could boot to disc again, format and reinstall on the new hard drive. I also can't get the CD to eject but it is spinning up .

Any ideas??



Roy Hobbs
Mar 14, 2008, 05:08 AM
No suggestions at all??

Help please

Zygon Gambit
Mar 14, 2008, 05:27 AM
Maybe it's not the hard drive that's broken...? Could you test the one you removed somewhere else?

Lord Zedd
Mar 14, 2008, 06:20 AM
Boot holding the C on the keyboard, if that does not work boot holding the option button and select the CD.

Roy Hobbs
Mar 14, 2008, 06:58 AM
Maybe it's not the hard drive that's broken...? Could you test the one you removed somewhere else?

Yes, the drive is dead....I put it in a external enclosure and Disk Utility did not recognize it nor did it spin up.

Roy Hobbs
Mar 14, 2008, 06:59 AM
Boot holding the C on the keyboard, if that does not work boot holding the option button and select the CD.

Neither of these work.....for some reason it doesnt want to boot from the CD. I can here it spinning up but it always tries to boot from the blank hard drive.

I think I may slap the new drive in the external enclosure and try to install OS X on it from a different mac

ADent
Mar 14, 2008, 06:11 PM
You can try to hold option down when booting.

You can try putting the drive in an external case. If that doesn't work disconnect drive, boot from CD . Then connect the external drive.

harixvirex
Jul 28, 2008, 10:26 PM
Folks,

Atlast having tried a lot of options but invain..... Here is one thing which worked after


1) Tried booting from CD and "C" key holding - NO GO!!
2) Tried to perform a Network boot - NO GO!!
3) Tried to perform a Target Disk mode to reset MBR record using the Firewire cable and "T" key - NO GO!!
4) Tried to zapp PRAM by Apple+Optio+P+R ~ NO GO!!
5) Tried to reset only NVRAM by Apple+Optio+O+F ~ NO GO!!


At last....2 commands one after the other help me



1) Boot into Open Firmware using Apple+Optio+O+F
2) Type "reset-nvram"
3) Type "reset-all"

without the quotes....

Then i got a and the machine started booting into Leopard / Tiger.....


Was sucessful with 3 mac mini machine......

HTH...

Hari S