(very) lame install issues with mac mini and retail snow leopard...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by gjarold, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. gjarold macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2007

    I have an old(er) mac mini - from 2007 with the c2d 2.0ghz CPU.

    I have just finished wiping clean the disk inside of it, rewriting with zeros, etc. - it now has a completely blank, perfectly functional hard drive in it.

    I power it up, insert the retail $29 snow leopard disc I bought from Amazon, and ...

    It just sits there rebooting itself over and over again ... gray apple comes up, spinny icon thing spins .. then screen goes black and it repeats that. Has done it about 12 times now.

    What am I doing wrong here ?
  2. Knoodles macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2003
    Gone to the Beach
    1. What installation disc did you boot from to erase the hard drive? The Snow Leopard disc?
    2. How was the HD formatted? OS Extended Journaled?
    3. Which partition table did you use? GUID?
    4. Are you holding down the "C" key when trying to boot from the install disc?

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