Mac Mini crashes when usb storage device are plugged in

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by iamfaiz, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. iamfaiz macrumors newbie

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    The Mac Mini has been going through this strange cycle where anytime I plug in an external hard drive or a flash drive it forces me to hold down the power button to turn it off. If I try booting the Mac Mini with the HDD or flash drive plugged in, it refuses to boot...

    anyone else have this problem?
     
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  3. JustGretchen macrumors 6502

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    If it continues after SMC reset, I'd say head on down to your local apple store, but be sure to make an appointment first.
     
  4. raziel777 macrumors regular

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  5. kolax macrumors G3

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    Are you using Parallels Desktop or Fusion (virtualisation software for running Windows). I found that I could get a kernel panic in the older version of Parallels Desktop when I plugged in a USB device.

    Either that or it is a sign of a dodgy logic board, as kernel panics are nearly always hardware related.
     
  6. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    if you archive and install some of the app preferences will be saved - therefor your problem might still be there.


    have you tried trashing prefs (i.e power managment, anything USB related, boot related)?


    /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration



    you could boot up while holding Command+V to enable verbose booting and see what's going on.


    also it might help if you posted what's going on in your console...



    if we can't help on here past tonight i think you should bring it to the Apple store, if they can't help - go ahead and format+reinstall a fresh copy of OS X
     

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