major mac mini problem

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ag55, Aug 6, 2009.

  1. ag55 macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2009
    just installed 4gb ram and an ssd into the mini.
    turned it on and it gives non stop beeps, led flashes with each beep.
    no display at all, just a black screen.

    inserted the install dvd and hold c but nothing.

    help me!

    - i replaced the hdd with ssd as soon as i got the mini
    - replaced ram as soon as i got it too
  2. mooblie macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2009
    The Highlands, Scotland
    Can you put it back to its original configuration - check it still works - and then change one thing at a time?
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Put the stock stuff back in. Make sure that THAT still works. Then put only the new SSD in. If it boots with the new SSD and stock RAM, install on the new SSD, shut down, and then put the new RAM in.

    NEVER upgrade it without testing the stock stuff first.
  4. ag55 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2009
    i did turn it on first but never went through setup or anything, it booted up fine. then i just switched it off and opened it up.

    i heard the beeps are a memory problem, the number of beeps depending on what problem it is. mine just keeps beeping non stop. :confused:
  5. ag55 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2009
    the dvd is still inside, how do i eject it from the super drive manually when the mini is opened up?
  6. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    This is usually an indicator of bad or incompatible RAM. Just pull the RAM and put the originals back in and turn it back on. You should be able to recover your DVD.
  7. zmttoxics macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2008
  8. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern Cal
    Take out the RAM sticks and re-seat them back in there, making sure you shove them all the way down.
  9. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    OP also installed an SSD. Best to test one at a time. RAM is most likely the problem and is easier to access, so it would be best to put the OEM RAM back in to make sure the SSD is functioning properly.
  10. ag55 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2009
    After messing with it for ages, i did all possible combinations of the OEM RAM, 4GB RAM, SSD and OEM HDD. I think something went really wrong (i did everything by the book) so i have no idea. Every time you just hear the beeps, 5 seconds apart and constant.

    Im returning this to apple and have placed an order for a new mini, this time i'll setup everything first before i attempt to upgrade.

    Anyone have any ideas what the constant beeps 5 seconds apart coupled with a flash of the led mean?

    Apple's memory error codes only show 1-5 beeps and then pauses, this just keeps going. The ram is crucial and compatible, the ssd works in another pc too.
  11. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    If you damaged it, Apple will not take it back. Good luck.
  12. kilowattradio macrumors regular


    May 11, 2009
    Most likely a cable or wire was disconnected. I had an issue with mine when I forget to connect the little black wire in the front of the mac mini. There is also a ribbon wire in the back of the mac mini that can easily come out. Check all your connectors and make sure they are seated properly.
    Working on a mini is like brain surgery and you better be careful when taking it a part and putting it back together.

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