unable to boot into safe mode or use install DVD

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kyleh613, May 11, 2010.

  1. kyleh613 macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2010
    I am using a Late 2009 Mac Mini. This afternoon I did a software update, it was 4 programs that were updated. I didn't take a look at what was updated, which was a mistake, I know. But anyways, they installed fine, and the Mac rebooted, it got to just before the user select/login screen and hanged there. I was able to move the mouse around, but nothing else, and after a long period of time, I powered off my Mac, and now it is hanging at the Apple logo.

    I tried booting into Safe Mode, and the grey progress bar would appear but and get half way through and then disappear. Next I tried inserting the Install DVD, hold down C while it was booting up but that wouldn't do anything. :/

    I am out of ideas for what to try.
  2. kyleh613 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2010
    If I am not using an Apple keyboard, are there alternative buttons to the command buttons I can press instead?
  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    If you meant the COMMAND (CMD) key, then the Windows key has worked wonders instead of the CMD key.
    Also CTRL is CTRL, and OPTION/ALT is ALT.

    The rest should be the same, as S is S and R is R and Ü is Ü. Maybe Y and Z are the other way around though.
  4. IvanLasston macrumors newbie

    Dec 2, 2008
    I had the same issue with a G4 Mac Mini. Wouldn't boot, wouldn't eject the DVD and wouldn't boot off the DVD. It happened to me off of updates too.

    I had to get a firewire cable hook up another Mac - hold down cmd-t to boot into target mode. Once I was able to do boot into target mode - I was able to run disk utility on the main disk from the other Mac on the targeted G4. Once everything was repaired it booted again.
  5. kyleh613 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2010
    Thank you very much. I got into my Start up disk finally, and it is repairing the permissions right now. So I am making progress. Hopefully after this, it will start working again.

    Does it normally take a long time to go through all of this? The DVD sounds like it is chugging away, but its been at 2 minutes left for a while now.
  6. kyleh613 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2010
    Okay I finally got Mac OS back up and running.

    Is there a log file I can look at that might give some hint into what happened?

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