Mac Mini core Duo chrash

CPDZ

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i have the new intel Mac Mini. The Mac Mini fails to start up... it gets to the welcome screen and no further. We have tried booting from the install DVD to the Mac Mini and reinstalling, but nothing seems to work. how can i get some files out of it? after i have get out files i will try to erase the HDD... so how can i get out sopme important files... :confused:


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MattyP

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It sounds like it could be a problem with either faulty RAM or RAM that is not fully seated in its slot. Have you opened the case for any reason? It could be that the RAM just got bumped out of it's socket a little and needs to be pushed back in.
 

CPDZ

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crjackson said:
just out of curiosity, did it crash/start doing this while/after doing updates?
i was instaling a web developer app from apple install cd... ad my mac mini stopped, i restarted it ad it is not go further then login window
 

CPDZ

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MattyP said:
It sounds like it could be a problem with either faulty RAM or RAM that is not fully seated in its slot. Have you opened the case for any reason? It could be that the RAM just got bumped out of it's socket a little and needs to be pushed back in.
yes i have been opened the case. I was upgrading from 512 to 2 GB.
but i vas operating with it one week or so fully normaly.

do you think i need to open again and check if RAM is in place? its SO hard work to do because its not easy to open it...
 

gekko513

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Listen to IJ Reilly and report back after you've tried fsck. You can find out how on apple support pages or in the guides section here on macrumors.
 

CPDZ

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gekko513 said:
Listen to IJ Reilly and report back after you've tried fsck. You can find out how on apple support pages or in the guides section here on macrumors.
what exactly do i need to do with fsck when im in single user mode (black screen & white letters), what commands do i need to type?

im using a MAC only a month... :rolleyes:
 

CPDZ

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mad jew said:
Just follow Apple's page on fsck. It should work. :)

You basically just type the following and press RETURN:


Code:
/sbin/fsck -fy
thanks... :)

but when i type that comand it says:

Code:
** Checking Catalog File
              Invalid extent entry
(4. 5423)
** Volume check failed.
so is there any hope?
 

mad jew

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Okay, try using the OSX discs instead. Insert the OSX disc, start up holding C and select Disk Utility from one of the menus (Installer menu from memory). Now, select your hard disk on the left side and click Restore Disk on the bottom right. :)
 

CPDZ

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mad jew said:
Okay, try using the OSX discs instead. Insert the OSX disc, start up holding C and select Disk Utility from one of the menus (Installer menu from memory). Now, select your hard disk on the left side and click Restore Disk on the bottom right. :)
hmm...


Veryfy and Repair disk "Macintosh HD"

Checking HFS Plus volume
Checking Extents Owerflow file
Checking Catalog file
Invalid extent entry
Volume check failed


ERROR: The the underlying task reported failure on exit

1 HFS volume checked
1 volume could not be repaired because of an error


i think there is some larger error...
 

gekko513

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There's definitely something very wrong with your disk. If you have another Mac nearby. you can try to connect the two by Firewire and try to access the borked hard drive through target mode. (Hold down T while turning the computer on.)

If that doesn't work, I think you're going to have to send it to some data rescue company to get any data back, and that's expensive.
 

CPDZ

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gekko513 said:
There's definitely something very wrong with your disk. If you have another Mac nearby. you can try to connect the two by Firewire and try to access the borked hard drive through target mode. (Hold down T while turning the computer on.)

If that doesn't work, I think you're going to have to send it to some data rescue company to get any data back, and that's expensive.
ok, thanks.
i will try to conect it to another MAC

i will report after couple days...

and sorry about my ENG :D
 

IJ Reilly

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You have some serious directory damage to your hard drive, but all may not be lost. I would suggest buying a copy of Disk Warrior from Alsoft. This application saved me the last time I had a similar problem.
 

CPDZ

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I have reescued my files

I connected my MAC MINI to a iMAC via firewire and got all my files back...
i reinstalled all system and now it is going just fine...
thanks for help.. :rolleyes:
 

mad jew

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If you verify your disk in Disk Utility, does it come up with any errors? I'm not sure I'd rely on that disk just yet. I'd make sure it's okay first. :)
 

IJ Reilly

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mad jew said:
If you verify your disk in Disk Utility, does it come up with any errors? I'm not sure I'd rely on that disk just yet. I'd make sure it's okay first. :)
If the disk was verified in the reinstallation, I think it should be okay. Disk Warrior probably would have fixed this problem; if fact, I wonder if Disk Utility would have done the trick if run on the host Mac in Target Disk Mode.
 

CPDZ

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mad jew said:
If you verify your disk in Disk Utility, does it come up with any errors? I'm not sure I'd rely on that disk just yet. I'd make sure it's okay first. :)
I checked thad disk ad it shows me this:



but i cant do the repair...

any sugestions? :confused:
 

CPDZ

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mad jew said:
If you boot from the OSX disc, can you still not repair the disk using the bundled version of Disk Utility? :)

not tryed right now... i have forgot my boot disc at home (140 km from here)

i will report :eek: ... soon
 

eurochop

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that hasn't happened to me yet (knocks on wood)
but i have had my share of problems

if you can get it to boot up and you think it is software try putting a different version of firmware on it
 

CPDZ

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mad jew said:
Okay, well try fsck again. Make sure you remember that f before the y. I have a feeling it may have been omitted last time. :)

nope
this time too it gives me a report that checking is faled...

maybe i need to bring it beck to the shop for the warranty check