Text all over the place

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Cuckoo, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. Cuckoo macrumors 6502

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    Hi All,

    Got an issue with my mac mini i can't quite grasp... When i start my mac mini...

    when booting it shows all sorts of linux texts...... instead of the usual apple logo..

    can i do something about this?

    thanks in advance....

    Cuckoo
     
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Technically Unix, but regardless, what I assume you're seeing is what's called "Verbose" mode; usually if you hold down apple-V at startup, you will see all the progress messages of the boot process that are usually hidden.

    Why this would be showing up by default without you doing anything, I don't know--it's certainly not supposed to happen, and there isn't even any way I know of to make it do that without holding down the keys.

    I can only think that a reinstall (or, rather, "archive and install") would fix it, but maybe somebody else knows what causes this.
     
  3. Lixivial macrumors 6502a

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    Well, you have two recourses I think. You can wipe your entire PRAM and NVRAM by following this step:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=2238

    Or you can jump into Terminal and type

    sudo nvram boot-args

    If something along the lines of -v is shown, then you can type in

    sudo nvram boot-args=""

    And that should boot it into normal mode. I'd suggest the apple document, but if you're comfortable in terminal, the other options should work, too.
     
  4. Cuckoo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks!!!

    going to try the termal commands first

    opening a mac mini isn't quite the 'walk in the park'

    i'll keep you all posted
     
  5. Cuckoo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    WOW

    that so hit the spot!!!! thank you .... all is well now!

    if you're ever in the neighborhood.... i'll buy you a pint!

    thanks
     
  6. Lixivial macrumors 6502a

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    I'm glad it worked out for you. :) I just wanted to clarify one thing for any future search references to this thread:

    The Apple document I posted shouldn't have told you to open your Mac mini. It's basically a matter of restarting while holding down command-option-P-R. The only caveat, of course, is that you lose certain date/time settings, etc.

    In most cases, that's what I personally would recommend, as messing with boot arguments is a little riskier for standard users.
     
  7. Cuckoo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for clarification.

    I'll make a note of that as well
     

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