Mac Mini will not boot after TM restore

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by douglh, Nov 3, 2009.

  1. douglh macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2008
    I'm preparing to sell a Mini, A re-install using original disks failed (something about Epson printer package was unverified. Did this 4 times). Then I tried restoring from Time Machine and I get the error message, on a darker gray screen, "You need to restart your computer. Hold down the Power button until it turns off, then press the power button again." (in 5 languages!). Now when I turn it on, with or without a disc in the drive, the same message appears every time. So I can't even try anther Restore.

    Any suggestions?
  2. supernet33 macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2008
    When installing from the disk, do not select print drivers and you should be fine
  3. douglh thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2008
    I no longer have that option. That error message is the only thing that appears, every time I reboot, with or without a disk in the drive.

    So I can't install / reinstall or get to a screen where I could format the disk or start Restoring from Time Machine.

    Its stuck continually rebooting :(
  4. douglh thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2008
    Reading endless forums, many posts suggested bad memory. I restarted while pressing D and got a diagnostic screen. It tested the memory and it passed.

    Next I connected a Macbook Pro and connected the two by Firewire cable. Restarted while pressing T and I could see the Mini's files on the Pro's screen. Everything seemed ok.

    Is there a way to use the Target (T) Pro to Restore the Mini from its Time Machine backup (while not damaging the connected Pro)?
  5. jerovital macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2009
    same here

    I have the same problem after doing a full system restore using Time Machine. The restore went without a hitch. Then it said you must restart. At restart I get the "you need to restart your computer. Hold down the power key..." msg in five languages. I hit the power key, and at restart I get the same message. It´s stuck on a loop

    I use boot camp and have a windows partition, which still boots fine, but something went awry in the mac partition. What can I do?
  6. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
  7. phifer8390 macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2008
    Did anyone have any luck with this? I did a restore that was said to be success and now I get the you need to reboot screen in 5 languages every time I try to start up. Please help. I mean what is the point in having a time capsule?

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