Gray screen on mac mini after changes to root files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Red disc, May 17, 2010.

  1. Red disc macrumors newbie

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    I have been setting up an Intel mac mini running Leopard to be a basic file server for my small business. I was doing well until I decided I wanted to change the name of the Home Folder.
    I attempted this by logging in as "Root administrator" and followed an online "how to". After rebooting I now get a gray screen with the apple logo and a spinning cog. Needless to say I have missed a step!!

    I have tried using the mac mini's OS X DVD to boot from by holding down the C key while rebooting but it just keeps spinning.
    Any suggestions on how I can perform a clean install if the mini is not responding to Shift key or C key on boot up?

    I would appreciate some help with this.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Your thread title should be changed to reflect the problem, as "Help please" is actually explicitly recommended against in the "Post a New Thread" dialogue.

    What happens when the DVD is inserted and you hold the "Option" key on startup?
     
  3. powerhouse7 macrumors regular

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    I'd certainly go with doing a fresh install and starting again. If it works, that seems the simplest and easiest thing to do.

    I'd also suggest changing the name of this thead to something more suggestive of its content - such a generic name annoys people and you'll less people willing to help.
     
  4. powerhouse7 macrumors regular

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    Who said anything about an iMac?
     
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    :eek: I actually have no idea. I think I was reading a different thread and got confused. Oops. Editing now :p
     
  6. Red disc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Issue resolved

    I have managed to get the mini to boot from the DVD today after leaving it unplugged over night and using a Mac keyboard from work (I only had Logitech keyboards at home).

    Well I learnt two things from the exercise; don't mess around with the Root Directory, and use a more descriptive title when looking for assistance.
     

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