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Old May 5, 2012, 10:11 AM   #1
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Mac Mini continuously beeping and can't reboot

Hi Guys,

Pls kindly forgive me if i asked a questions that already answered in the previous thread.

Mac Mini model: mid 2008

Problem: i was out of country for 5 months and when i turned on my Mac Mini the 1st time after 5 months, i only get the non-stop beeping and I can't reboot my mac mini and nothing on the screen.

I have tried the following solutions: I have removed the Ram (4GB Original Ram) and shove it back. I have tried a few times.

Results: negative, beeping continue and I can't reboot my mac mini.

thanks for the help.
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Old May 5, 2012, 10:14 AM   #2
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Hi Guys,

Pls kindly forgive me if i asked a questions that already answered in the previous thread.

Mac Mini model: mid 2008

Problem: i was out of country for 5 months and when i turned on my Mac Mini the 1st time after 5 months, i only get the non-stop beeping and I can't reboot my mac mini and nothing on the screen.

I have tried the following solutions: I have removed the Ram (4GB Original Ram) and shove it back. I have tried a few times.

Results: negative, beeping continue and I can't reboot my mac mini.

thanks for the help.
sounds like ram but replace the battery in it. use a can or air on the ram slot
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Old May 5, 2012, 10:18 AM   #3
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Results: negative, beeping continue and I can't reboot my mac mini.
Power On Self-Test Beep Definition - Part 2
Troubleshooting: My computer won't turn on
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sounds like ram but replace the battery in it.
What battery?
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Old May 5, 2012, 10:22 AM   #4
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the 2008 mini has a coin shaped battery iirc



http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Installi...-Battery/275/1

replacing this is low cost and the battery is 4 years old. cleaning the ram slot and the ram with a can of air is also cheap. my guess is the battery has nothing to do with it. If the op left it idle for 5 months fully un attached the mini should work. leaving the mini fully disconnected will drain that battery faster since it is in constant use. a can of air and a battery is 6 bucks. after that he is looking at finding different ram or more expensive parts.

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Old May 5, 2012, 10:35 AM   #5
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the 2008 mini has a coin shaped battery iirc



http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/Installi...-Battery/275/1

replacing this is low cost and the battery is 4 years old. cleaning the ram slot and the ram with a can of air is also cheap. my guess is the battery has nothing to do with it. If the op left it idle for 5 months fully un attached the mini should work. leaving the mini fully disconnected will drain that battery faster since it is in constant use. a can of air and a battery is 6 bucks. after that he is looking at finding different ram or more expensive parts.
I have clean the ram slot with pressurised air duster and tried a few times to remove the ram and shove it back... i will try with the battery then
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Old May 5, 2012, 10:42 AM   #6
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the 2008 mini has a coin shaped battery iirc
Your link is for a Late-2005 PowerPC mini. This link is for the Mid-2007 mini, which is most likely the OP's model, since there was no Mid-2008 mini.
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Old May 5, 2012, 10:53 AM   #7
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Your link is for a Late-2005 PowerPC mini. This link is for the Mid-2007 mini, which is most likely the OP's model, since there was no Mid-2008 mini.
I have attached the photo and this give you abetter view of the model. I bought this mini sometimes end of 2008 or early 2009 . .(can't remember)
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Old May 5, 2012, 10:54 AM   #8
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I have attached the photo and this give you abetter view of the model. I bought this mini sometimes end of 2008 or early 2009 . .(can't remember)
You can enter your serial number here where it says "Search Tech Specs" to find specs for your model.
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Old May 5, 2012, 10:59 AM   #9
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You can enter your serial number here where it says "Search Tech Specs" to find specs for your model.
found ! Mac mini (Early 2009) http://support.apple.com/kb/SP505
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found ! Mac mini (Early 2009) http://support.apple.com/kb/SP505
Here are the instructions for your model.
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Old May 5, 2012, 11:08 AM   #11
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Here are the instructions for your model.
Thanks.. I have tried almost everything, except the battery!I am not it could due to the RAM already damaged and i need a new Ram ... cos I hardly turn off my Mac mini ... i guess in a year I have turned off my mac mini the most 3 to 4 times... i always leave it on
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Old May 5, 2012, 11:15 AM   #12
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Thanks.. I have tried almost everything, except the battery!I am not it could due to the RAM already damaged and i need a new Ram ... cos I hardly turn off my Mac mini ... i guess in a year I have turned off my mac mini the most 3 to 4 times... i always leave it on
There's nothing wrong with leaving it on most of the time. Replacing the PRAM battery may or may not resolve the problem. If it doesn't, I'd take it to Apple to have them diagnose the problem.
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Old May 5, 2012, 10:50 PM   #13
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There's nothing wrong with leaving it on most of the time. Replacing the PRAM battery may or may not resolve the problem. If it doesn't, I'd take it to Apple to have them diagnose the problem.
yap.. battery changed and no positive result!! i am fone and have to bring it to Apple service center ..
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yap.. battery changed and no positive result!! i am fone and have to bring it to Apple service center ..
That's as I suspected. The PRAM battery was a long shot. I hope it turns out to be something simple and easy to fix!
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Old May 6, 2012, 03:01 AM   #15
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at least all the lower cost ideas have been tried. If the apple store tells you it is a bad logic board it will be too costly. Maybe it is just a stick if bad ram and not a bad ram slot. Good luck with the repair.
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Old May 7, 2012, 09:17 AM   #16
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at least all the lower cost ideas have been tried. If the apple store tells you it is a bad logic board it will be too costly. Maybe it is just a stick if bad ram and not a bad ram slot. Good luck with the repair.
Thanks .. if the repairing cost above UAS 200 then forget about it... i rather get a new one! again, here (Australia) the labour cost really high ... i don't expect is gonna to be cheap! I might have to learn how to transfer all my data/file from this mac mini into my macbook pro ...
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Old May 7, 2012, 09:55 AM   #17
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It is likely the logic board. I received a broken Mini that I tried to repair and it had very similar symptoms to what you describe. I got almost $100 for it on eBay as a "for parts/repair" auction.

I suggest you do the same and buy a new Mini.
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