|Jan 15, 2013, 01:57 PM||#1|
Problems booting my Intel Xserve.
I just bought an used Apple Xserve (Model: MA409LL/A). When ever i go to turn it on and attempt to get it to boot, i get the blinking folder with a question mark. Ok not a problem. Tried booting with Option held to get me into the bootable devices. Now I am getting a mouse cursor on a grey screen. I then changed the hard drives and tried again. Same thing. So i decided to hook an external DVD ROM to the server and try to boot it off of there. No luck either.
Any help trick or tips would be appreciated. I really do not what to have to pay for shipping back on this if it is something i can fix myself. Thank you!
|Jan 15, 2013, 02:58 PM||#2|
Did you unlock the drive lock thingy on the front? I don't think it will mount an external drive if that's locked, which would explain the blank grey screen when you hold option.
IIRC, it's a little knob on the front of the Xserve toward the left. You'll need a little hex bit to turn it.
|Jan 18, 2013, 08:34 PM||#8|
It will only show the bootable drive and can be very picky with external cddrives. To me it sounds like it just does not see any bootable/compatible drives. Did you try an pram zap? (hold p+r+alt+cmd at startup untill second chime)
|Jan 24, 2013, 09:22 AM||#9|
I will try that again later. I am trying to install OS X 10.5 on it. Thanks for the tip. ill give it a try and let you know!
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