Mac Mini not getting past grey boot screen after 10.5 Server install

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by Luis, Mar 17, 2008.

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    Luis

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    My father and I got a Mac Mini to work as a home file server, but we have encountered the strange problem the title suggests. We install OS X perfectly, but after we enable autologin (so we can VNC into it immediately without a monitor) the computer simply won't get past the grey apple screen.

    Please bear in mind that we are extreme server newbies and we are trying to make this sort of a learning experience. Is there any obvious preference we are missing?

    EDIT: We figured that we should upgrade the RAM, so today we installed 2GB and will test what happens when we install Server. Either way, any ideas?
     
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    Luis

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    Thanks, however the strange thing is that when running normal (ie non-server) Leopard, the machine works just fine. :confused:
     
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    zarathustra

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    I have a mini set up as a server running 10.5 (intel core duo 1.7ghz/2GB Ram). Installation went smoothly and have been up & running since then.

    Try booting from the install DVD again, and re-install if necessary. You don't have to be logged in on the server to connect to it with VNC/ScreenSharing.

    I would use ServerAdmin or the Server Preferences applications to control the server headlessly from a client machine, rather than a pure VNC client.
     
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    btw what were you gonna do with the mac mini server like music .docx idk
     
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    I had this same issue installing 10.5 server on my Mac Pro.

    It would go to grey screen and just sit there, or reboot itself. After turning it off/on like 10 times it finally managed to boot into OSX and has been fine since.

    Dunno how helpful that is, though if you've only tried a couple times I recommend a few more, worked for me :D
     

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