PPC Mac Mini Issue

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Roy Hobbs, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. macrumors 68000

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    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??
     
  2. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    #2
    No suggestions at all??

    Help please
     
  3. macrumors regular

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    Maybe it's not the hard drive that's broken...? Could you test the one you removed somewhere else?
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Lord Zedd

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    Boot holding the C on the keyboard, if that does not work boot holding the option button and select the CD.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Yes, the drive is dead....I put it in a external enclosure and Disk Utility did not recognize it nor did it spin up.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 68000

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    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
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    Mac Mini Gray Screen - A solution which works at last

    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
     

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