Mac Mini Won't Boot

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Jay42, May 8, 2007.

  1. Jay42 macrumors 65816

    Jay42

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    Unfortunately I bumped the switch on the power strip that my Mac Mini (1.42ghz G4, OS X 10.3) is plugged into while it was running. Now it won't boot up. All I get is the gray screen with the gray apple logo and the spinning wheel but no OSX. Any suggestions? Thanks.
     
  2. Reflow macrumors 68000

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    Boot it up with your restore cd and run disk utility
     
  3. Telp macrumors 68040

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    Put the installation CD in and boot up in Disk mode. Do a repair disk and also repair disk permissions.
     
  4. Jay42 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I was able to boot to the OSX CD and do a disc repair and repair permissions, but it didn't seem to help. It still won't boot from the HD. Could this be a PMU issue?
     
  5. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    you might also give zapping the PRAM a go. and re-"blessing" the start-up drive by choosing it from the Startup Disk on the install disk.

    Running fsck -fy from Single User mode wouldn't hurt either

    Resetting the PMU is a last resort, explained here
     
  6. Jay42 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I did both of these, but it didn't seem to help

    I tried this but I actually wasn't able to succesfully boot into single user mode. There was a bunch of stuff on the screen that I didn't understand. Never got to a command prompt. :confused:

    I actually tried this. Didn't help.
     
  7. frankblundt macrumors 65816

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    ouch. any chance of taking a photo of what comes up on the screen in Single User Mode and posting it?
     
  8. Jay42 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ok, here's a pic of what I get when booting into single user mode (Apple-S). It sat like this for 20 minutes before I forced a shut down; never got to a command prompt. Some of the text is cut off so I can take another pic if necessary. Thanks for everyones' help, but I have a feeling I'm gonna have to blast this system and reinstall.

    [​IMG]


    PS: Let me know if the image doesn't show up
     
  9. Reflow macrumors 68000

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    no image yet
     
  10. Jay42 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Sounds like bad news for Mach. I recommend an archive and install.

    The biggest cause seems to be a failed update installation though.
     
  12. Jay42 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh, you know what, you're exactly right. I was installing updates and bumped the power switch before I could restart.
     
  13. undelsol macrumors newbie

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    my mac mini wont boot at all now

    I'm pretty sure most of you guys would know of ifixit, I used their manuels to upgrade my mini's ram (this was one of the older models that only came with 1gig of ram) so I folowed the instructuons perfectly and after it was done my mac had 4gig of ram, but all I get when I try to turn it on is a beep then turn off, then it turns itself back on and beeps again. I'm assuming that it keeps beeping till it burns out, but I don't know at this point because right after the second beep I unpluged the comp. Anybody... can you guys tell me what the **** I did?
     
  14. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    What model of mini is it? If you have a Core Solo or Core Duo, it will not boot with a 2GB stick installed.
     

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