Mac Mini core solo, no chime no display

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by paradox1156, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. paradox1156 macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2009
    I have a Mac Mini with a core solo processor in it that I got as was described to me as a non-booting machine, I got it home and powered it up and it worked fine, it booted from the optical drive and an external hard drive (there was no internal hdd). I left it sit for about a week and ordered a new hdd for it which came today and I just put it in and now it won't chime or display. The led turns on and the fan spins but no display and no chime. I took the new hdd out, still the same. Made sure all the connections were put back together properly, still the same. I reset the smc and pram via the button on the logic board, I only pressed the button once, still no chime, no display. I was told that the previous owners son might have tried to upgrade the solo processor, could the processor just be fried? Would it be worth it for me to spend $30 on ebay to get a working processor to test it out or does this sound like it definitely must have the logic board replaced? Hopefully someone has had this experience before or could point me in the right direction. Any help is very much appreciated.
  2. paradox1156 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 6, 2009
    I was able to get it to boot once last night and now it won't boot again! :confused:
  3. Outsider macrumors regular


    Mar 25, 2002
    North Carolina
  4. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2005
    Ugh. READ his post before you answer.
  5. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2005
    It's very difficult to tell just from that whether it's the CPU or the board. Either could cause the problems you describe. It's a risk to buy a new CPU for it. But if you really want the machine to work (ie, you don't want to invest in a new one), then it's probably worth a shot replacing.

    If you have ruled out/can rule out the CPU, and it's the mainboard that's the problem, don't bother trying to fix it; it will likely be almost as expensive as a new machine.

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