Intel Mac Mini Works But Won't Shut Down! Help!

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by steez03, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. steez03 macrumors newbie

    steez03

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    Hello,

    I am a basement studio producer who recently purchased a Mac Mini Intel Duo 1.66Ghz 60Gig HD with 512RAM off Ebay. Mac OSX pre-installed by the seller.

    Being a thrifty consumer I also purchased 2GB RAM 667Mhz which I immediately installed after working with the 512 RAM for a few days.

    After I installed the memory things were dandy, I was running itunes from MP3 off my External SATA drives (I still had from my recently closed Window days). I wasn't really pushing the memory envelope b/c I have outboard equipment for that.

    Anyway, I installed the memory and checked it on Thursday (it appeared fine)... Sunday the system started up. I did some web surfing (nothing major) and decided to close up but the OSX would not shutdown upon my election of it in the drop down window. During this 45 minute period, the USB farthest inward (out of the four) began to malfunction as well (the usb was connected to a mixer and the connection had worked previously but now the sound was coming from the mini's speakers).

    It would also not sleep or log off. And the twirling kaleidescope went on incessantly. I did a disk utility check and the HD checked out but the check for the mounting drive only yielded the same twirling kaleidescope. Again, I unplugged it and replugged it. It started up without a glitch, safari worked and closed out but as soon as i clicked on About this mac or shutdown, etc. No dice.

    I then removed the new memory and inserted the old memory. Still no shutdown, no log off (it did open about this mac and showed its configuration). Then the kaleidescope came back and I had to shut it down again (by pulling the plug)... also the usb port that was malfunctioning seemed to work.

    Can anyone point me to what might be going wrong? Thanks, cause your guess is good as mine!!! It doesn't appear broken as much as maybe a system download may have corrupted it but again I don't know.
     
  2. Muncher macrumors 65816

    Muncher

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    Minis use apple remotes, right? Yeah. Try holding the play button down until you see an animation of a remote going to sleep. Sort of a work-around, but still.... Maybe you need to do a fresh install of OS X. Backup your saved data, and pull the plug. Then plug it back in, pop in the cd, and hold option (alt) until icons of drives come up. A cd icon should come up too. click on it, then click on the arrow under it. The rest is easy.
     
  3. steez03 thread starter macrumors newbie

    steez03

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    Mac Mini Still Acting Up

    I didn't receive a remote for my mini (bought off of ebay) but the seller said it wasn't included.

    I remember the last steps before the wackiness was I downloaded a new desktop image and applied it. I'm using a Microsoft PS/2 USB keyboard (until I purchase an apple wireless). I have Mac OS 9 and Mac OSX Disk 1 (I fear the seller may have given me incompatible restore discs). The Mac OSX disk 1 says it won't load on my mini!?!

    The solution, I feel is that I will purchase Leopard OSX and that install I hope will remove the shutdown bugs! what do you all think?
     
  4. Theatrics macrumors member

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    Before you shut down, launch Activity Monitor and force quit any processes that are not responding. My iMac won't shutdown sometimes because of a last.fm process that always seems to be not responding.
    [​IMG]
    I'm not positive if this is why I cannot shutdown at times, but it seems to be case.

    If you cannot find anything there that would be stopping the shut down process, I think you should be good after you install Leopard.
     
  5. steez03 thread starter macrumors newbie

    steez03

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    Theatrics,

    Nothing seems to be soothing the shutdown/system check errors. The system stalls whenever I ask it to go to Activity Monitor, About This Mac and mostly any system reference or self-check application.

    I only put Cubase 4AI and a .rar decompresser program (along with a desktop d/l).

    So, I'll pinch a few pennies and grab Leopard.

    Thanks :apple:
     

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