Disk Stcuk in Mac Mini (about to lose my ever loving mind)

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by zenfleshzenbone, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. zenfleshzenbone macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone, I am in dire need of some Mac expertise here. I have a G4 Mac Mini a friend gave me cause it "didn't work". Put in a new HD (which it needed), upgraded to 1Gb of ram, slapped a windows keyboard and wireless mouse on it and its been running 10.4 fine. I popped in my Leopard disk to upgrade the software. Here's my issue:

    1. Mini would not boot up into the installer. It got stuck at the grey apple screen. No biggie.

    2. Tried to reboot and get my cd out, to no avail. I guess since I have a windows keyboard I cant use any of the startup key combos?? Tried holding the mouse, C, X, Option (alt), command (windows) + S etc.. everything I could think of. Nothing. Just the grey screen with the wheel.

    3. For some reason it decided all the sudden to boot from the cd. I thought "SWEET! FINALLY" ..nope. Wont let me install. Fails. Says it cant read the disk and it may need to be cleaned, which it might. No option to eject. Just a reboot button.

    4. Tried ejecting from the disk utility from the Leopard install disk, but it wont let me cause it's using the disk. Also tried a "drutil tray eject" from the command line on the disk. Nothing.

    Do I really need to get an apple keyboard to do these key combos? I mean, Im planning on getting one, but it sucks that I cant use the one I have for the time being. What are my options here?
     
  2. ChevyAppleJR macrumors newbie

    ChevyAppleJR

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    Just hold the power button and turn it off

    This happend to me too I have a g4 mini as well Just hold the power button and turn it off and it will auto eject the disk. It took me a week to figure that out lol.

    G:apple:
     
  3. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

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    yeppers.It works:D
     
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

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    Just take your socks and shoes off and walk around barefoot.

    Your lost mind will be the squishy thing you step in.
     
  5. zenfleshzenbone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I held down the power button for about two minutes and it doesn't eject the disk. It just shuts it off. :confused:
     
  6. zenfleshzenbone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay thanks for the help.. but i finally got it. Here's what I did:

    1. Held down the power button on boot up. That brought me to the open firmware screen.

    2. typed "eject cd" then "mac-boot"

    Finally.. after 3 days I have a functional desktop again. Just thought I would post this for anyone else who might have the same issue.
     

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