mac mini dead video card and external drive at the same time

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by hepsquith, May 29, 2009.

  1. hepsquith macrumors newbie

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    Hello all,

    It could be the heatwave that we are having in Italy right now, but i have a major hardware problem.

    I have an older intel mac mini, with a 1TB firewire attached. Things have been working swimmingly for 8 months or so; i never have had a problem and hardly ever restart the thing.

    Today i restarted, and noticed the screen didn't come back on.

    I plugged my laptop into the screen, so i know thats working. Played around with cables, nothing! Seems like video card is dead.

    I then noticed that the external drive was making a ticking noice.

    I can log into the mini via VNC, and i saw that the hardrive wasn't mounted, i plugged the disk into my laptop, nothing. Just aforementioned ominous ticking sound.

    I tried looking into system profiler at the video/display section. system Profiler crashed (this could be a problem with vnc as it pretends to be a screen).

    So i have a dead video card and lots of lost data on 1TB disk.

    Am i lucky or what?

    Anything else it could be? praying..praying...praying.......
     
  2. hepsquith thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Another thing i have noticed.

    When i VNC into the computer, i can vnc with the primary user ok, when i then login with the second user, thrn log into that user with the vnc, the image is totally corrupted. Completely unsable. What is that?

    Plus, anyone know if good USB-hdmi video cards that work with the mini?


    thanks.
     
  3. opeter macrumors 65816

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    If I'm right, you still need, the original graphic card to work, to show up a picture on the external USB to DVI videocard.

    Correct me, if I'm wrong.
     
  4. lostime macrumors regular

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