My Mini doesn't boot

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Stan Mikulenka, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. Stan Mikulenka macrumors 6502

    Nov 20, 2009
    Calgary, Canada
    Hi Everyone
    I restarted My Mini after having it running for a while, & it comes to the grey Apple Logo & that's it...
    Is there anything I should try?...:(
  2. Elbert C macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2008
    AK, USA
    Mac OS X: Gray screen appears during startup
  3. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I had an instance of a "no boot at the gray screen", and it was nothing more than a corrupted Finder prefs plist file.

    Move it to the trash, reboot, and… back to normal.

    However, you have to have a "second boot source" to find and manipulate this file.

    That's a heck of a lot easier than doing a "clean install" via the recovery partition.

    This is why I recommend that EVERYONE maintain a bootable, external cloned drive. Can be 'way more useful in a "can't boot" situation than a dozen Time Machine backups….

    (Aside: I suppose moving a particular file can be done using terminal while in the recovery partition, but I don't know the commands, and doubt that too many would be able to do this in a "moment of extreme need" in any case...)

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