Gray Screen of Death (HELP)

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by adamk, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. adamk macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2007
    Hello there,

    Heres what happened; I have a Mac mini (PPC /2*USB version), which was running fine for 2 years with no problems at all. Today, After installing itunes onto it (7.02) and adding a few CDs to my library, in which time I synced up with my Ipod (30GB, video version) the computer started to act weird and stutter and slow down, I had to end programs, and I restarted in hopes that it would go away.

    It got worse, the Mac Mini now wont even boot into OS X 10.3.* now, it just sits at the gray screen, with no mouse icon or anything. The CD-ROM doesnt respond anymore (it automatically ejected CD's earlier; was another reason why I restarted), I have tried all the possible boot modes.

    Just as a note: At the time of ripping CD's, I was running with around ~ 1.5GB of free space left, so I dont know if that is causing it, but if it is, I would like to know if its a common problem.

    -"C" doesnt work because the drive refuses to take any CD/DVD's in

    - "T" just leaves me with a blank screen

    - "command-option-shift-delete" gives me a screeen with two buttons, and a working mouse icon, but it freezes about 10 seconds in, with no drives shown.

    - "command-option-o-f" gets me into open firmware, but freezes when i give it any "load" command, or if I try to "eject cd" (there might be a CD in there).

    - "shift" Doesnt work

    - "command-v" doesnt work/respond

    - "command-c" doesnt work/respond

    I have no Idea what to do, I have very important information on it, and I need to be able to take it off. I have a spare G4 1.2ghz with OS X 10.4, I would like to know what my options are. I am in desperate need of assistance.

    Thank you,
  2. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    have u tried booting from the panther DVD?

    edit i just saw you can't do anything with the cd drive.... ummmm
  3. adamk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2007

    How safe would it be (for my information) to remove the HD and put it in external USB enclosure and connect it to my G4? I suspect its a CD-ROM issue only (I also pray that it is)
  4. Kelmon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2005
    United Kingdom
    Depends on what you call "safe" since this will require surgery on your Mac Mini. Doing this may indeed let you get access to your data but I'd be inclined to suggest taking your Mini to a specialist repair centre instead. From the descriptions it sounds pretty dead at the moment...
  5. adamk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2007

    Thanks for all the help, I got it sorted.

    Fix: Open up the Mac mini and remove the CD-rom, it was broken.

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