2011 Mini Server Reboot issues

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by torchmedia, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. torchmedia macrumors newbie

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    My mini server doesn't reboot. (Apple Menu > Restart)

    - The system shuts down properly
    - Screen goes black
    - System fan elevates to a higher RPM

    ..

    And that's it. I've been too impatient to wait for more than a minute, so I've just powered the mini off and started over again when needed.

    Any ideas or solutions?

    Thanks!
     
  2. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

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    Do you have an external drive or USB flash drive attached formatted as bootable? If so try restarting without the external drives and USB.
     
  3. torchmedia thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No bootable USB drive, but I removed all USB devices regardless. (USB headset, external drive, MagicJack) and only left my Thunderbolt display plugged in.

    I should note that I did swap the SSD (my boot drive) from one mac mini to another. Does OSX tie itself to a unique hardware ID or something that would cause it to mis-communicate?
     
  4. torchmedia thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Update. I've followed steps from Apple to reset both the PMU and the SMC, neither of which appeared to make any difference. on restart.
     
  5. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    okay what mac minis are you talking about and what osx. a 2009 server a 2010 server a 2011 server? lion or snow. and the other mac mini since you mention you have two mac minis.
     
  6. torchmedia, Nov 5, 2011
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    torchmedia thread starter macrumors newbie

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    They are both 2011 mini servers, identical spec. I purchased two and only ended up needing one .. ended up sending one back and swapping the drives before doing so.
     
  7. shortcut3d macrumors 65816

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    This may sound stupid, but try unplugging your Thunderbolt display during restart and wait to hear the Mac Mini boot all the way into OSX. If this works try the EFI updates to improve thunderbolt compatibility or you must have both connected to the same display.
     
  8. torchmedia thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried unplugging the Thunderbolt Display during power down, before restart, with no change in outcome.

    I still have a week left to return the mini and order another one, that might be the easiest solution at this point.
     

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