Scared I May Have A Broken Mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by bass93, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. bass93 macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2009
    Hey everyone, I need your help.

    I bought a Mac Mini off of eBay a week or so ago. It's the 1.42GHz, 512MB RAM, 80GB HDD. Running OS X 10.3.9 Got it for $85

    Right off the bat, I was upset, because the guy did not ship it with a power adapter. So for another $25 I got one of those.

    It came today. Plugged it in and powered it on. Worked fine. But I wanted to reinstall the operating system. It was password protected, but I got the password from the seller, and started the reinstall with the original, never used, install disks.

    Then terror struck. The drive made a TON of horrible noise. It powered down and the fan was running, but nothing happened. So after half an hour or so, I force ejected the disk by powering down the machine all the way then holding the mouse button while powering it back up. It ejected.

    Now I try to power on the machine, and the fan turns on but that's it. No chime. No display still.

    I need your help. I have no idea what to do. I'm using a Windows keyboard, so if your help has anything to do with the control, option, or command keys, please tell me what those are on a Windows keyboard.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  3. jdryyz macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2007
    Sounds like a potentially bad hard disk and/or optical drive. I assume this is a G4 based Mini. Judging by its age, you're likely to have a lot of dust build-up inside, among other things.

    I would second the idea to contact the seller and find out if this machine is supposed to 100% working. If not, it may be the case that you're out on this one. If the seller insists that all should be well, he may offer a refund. If you end up stuck with a broken Mini, it is still possible to save it, but it will cost you some more $$.

    I would even offer to assist you, but then there's shipping, parts and labor that go along with that and it may not be worth it to you for the original price you paid. You can probably find another G4 Mini for $100-$200.

  4. bass93 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2009
    It was listed as used and fully operational. He's supposed to be calling me in a couple hours. Would any of you like to buy it off of me and try to fix it yourself?
  5. jdryyz macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2007
    Sorry, I have no need for another G4 Mini right now.

  6. bass93 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2009
    Okay. Is there any way I can figure out what is wrong with it?
  7. jdryyz macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2007
    Troubleshooting on this level may be difficult. You can try zapping the PRAM ( during the boot process to see if that helps. If you can get your display back, you can try booting from the disc again and go from there.

  8. palmharbor macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2007
    Door Stop

    Looks like you bought a nice door stop.
    I question your judgement to buy a computer on ebay from some unknown person who wants to get rid of something.
  9. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
    Hook up a blank external drive and see if you can install to the external drive. If that works, run it a bit from the external drive to insure it's working. If it's working, then it's a bad internal drive. If not, could be bad ram or the motherboard is dead. Pull the ram modules and 1st see if they are the correct ones for that model mini. Then check to see if they are the same brand ( presuming 2 sticks used). Macs are finicky using multiple vendors ram sticks. Let us know what you find out.

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