Gray Screen Of Death - am i doing something wrong?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Bayview05, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. Bayview05 macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2008
    Got my second gray screen of death today, last one was 7 months ago...
    Well Ive tried the usual remedies, and by this point I am fully up for a erase and install BUT

    The mini won't boot from the install disc; it wont go into single user mode; I cant force eject the disc. Absolutely nothing works. I have a totally blank screen this time (i believe last time there was a wheel) so is my hard drive fried or am i doing something wrong? two simple questions;

    When do I hold the keys? Before I hit the power? Before the chime? After the chime?
    How long should I hold the keys before I expect a response?

    The last tidbit of info is; the first install disc is in there, and every time i turn it on, the mac makes two soft, low beeps, spins the disc for a second or two, then goes silent. I believe (like last time) that this problem stemmed from iTunes.

    I'm running 10.5.4 on a 2007 Mini.
    Any help is appreciated.
  2. Bayview05 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2008
    Bump. Also, I have realized the Mac is not detecting any external items such as the keyboard and this a hardware issue?
  3. Tower-Union macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2009
    Hmmm usually any beeping other then the usual chime is a bad thing. . . If your holding down the buttons, start holding down before you start up (just to be on the safe side). You should get a response within, say 30 seconds? Again, playing it longer to be safe. Try holding down the option key before turning it on, you should get a grey screen with a picture of your HD and a picture of the DVD, so you can choose which one to boot off of.

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