error 17, i have no name?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by 4dogs1pig, Apr 11, 2010.

  1. 4dogs1pig macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2010
    :eek: i tried to turn on my mac mini and it took forever to load and when it did i got the message "i have no name error 17" in white letters on a black screen.
    it looked like dos. what in the world happened to my mac?
    i tried all the start up key holding techniques but they did not work. the day before this happened i downloaded an update for itunes. yikes, could i have gotten a virus from apple?
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Yep, Apple sends out viruses, especially ones that do not exist, as there are no Mac OS X viruses.

    Have you taken a look at this guide and followed its steps?
    Mac doesn't boot

    And can you give more detail what exact steps you have already taken?
  3. 4dogs1pig thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2010
    i have no name, error 17

    i tried disconnecting my mac mini from the power source for 30 seconds,
    i held down the apple key while starting,
    i held down the apple, alt key while restarting,
    i held down the apple, alt, p and r keys while restarting,
    i tried restarting with the startup disc inserted (had a vary hard time getting it out),
    the only thing it will do is make the start up sound, show the apple on the monitor and i get the spinner then the screen goes black then the white type error messages appear. it is a sequence of messages but the last one (when it stops) says i have not name error 17.
    it looks like the dos side of a pc.
    i have never seen anything like this on a mac (this is my 3rd mac, i have had macs since the mid 90's).
  4. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't sound like a virus to me.
    Sounds more like there might be something up with your HDD or possibly the Logic Board.

    If I were you I'd call Apple and see what's up.

    Something tells me this is a hardware thing, not software/virus.
  5. hamlinspahn macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2010
    Oklahoma City
    OS X Virus

    There are known OS X viruses Google it.
  6. hamlinspahn macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2010
    Oklahoma City
    Error 17

    Error 17 has to do with the boot loader. I could mean a HDD failure but it could be HDD corruption, try to boot with your os x restore media and reinstall.
  7. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    no known widespread viruses for osx , but as more and more windows script kiddies switch to osx because they like the new iMac's and minis and the fact with bootcamp they can run windows on them too .. its only a matter of time before we are haunted by the same problem like windows users

    its all apples fault since bootcamp there are the script kiddies coming to osx and bundled apps makes it easy for them to bring trojan virus and worms to osx :(
    Mac's are not safe any longer since bootcamp allows script kiddies to use and abuse Mac's
    just read this article

    ok there is anti virus software available ... good news these malware is written for snow leopard and leopard and tiger(not many for tiger as its not considered popular) and does not work in older osx versions at all and might not in ppc Mac's :)

    like for example this one here

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