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

    Nov 5, 2006
    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

    Nov 5, 2006
    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?

  3. opeter macrumors 65816


    Aug 5, 2007
    Slovenia, EU
    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

    May 19, 2009

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