Locked out Mac Mini

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  1. james234 macrumors newbie

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    I recently purchased a Mac Mini from a business which was shutting down on ebay, it seems to be running windows Xp on it but I cant get any further than the log in screen and all short cuts and have been disabled from the main screen, so I cant get in and change anything, I imagine it under control via admin account. Is there anyway around this either manually or through software, or is there no way? Cheers.
     
  2. Rodus macrumors 6502a

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    Get an OS X disc, boot from it in the machine (hold 'c' at startup) and install the new OS.
     
  3. james234 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thats the problem I have, I cant use the short cuts at that start up as I have tried it.
     
  4. Rodus macrumors 6502a

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    Erm, have you tried target disk mode? Or perhaps pull the hard drive and stick it as a secondary drive on another machine, that should give you the option to reformat it.
     
  5. james234 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That sounds like it could work. Is there any website which could show me how to do that?
     
  6. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    iFixit.com has guides to open up Minis. Be careful and you'll be fine. :)

    But first, try to hold [alt]/[option] during boot to see what happens. If none of the typical shortcuts work, pull the drive and wipe it.
     
  7. james234 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks a lot I will check that out :)

    I don't have a Apple keyboard so I don't have option, what's option on a Microsoft keyboard. Cheers
     
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  9. james234 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Forget that last message, I pressed it and then was given the choice to go Mac Os, but I was stopped again by a log in.
     
  10. Heilage macrumors 68030

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    The login can be circumvented by booting to the OS X DVD and choosing "Reset password" from the "Utlities"-menu.
     
  11. Rodus macrumors 6502a

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    If that doesn't work then try holding down 't' when booting, hopefully then you'll see a firewire logo bouncing round the screen. Connect to another machine via firewire and the mini should mount as an external HD, then hose the drive.
     
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  14. Intell macrumors P6

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    Even if he had a EFI lockout it would still ask for a password. From what I'm getting is that he's not getting anything. My guess is he is holding down the key(s) at the wrong time. They need to be pressed right after the startup chime and until the desired result occurs. Example: (Chime), press hold T, wait about 6 seconds while holding T, see bouncing FireWire logo on screen or see a blank text input box for the EFI password.
     
  15. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    Indeed, but for example OF protected PPC Mac will do nothing when you want to use "C" shortcut to boot from optical (tested personally not once).
     

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