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geordiejohn
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 7:20 am    Post subject: cannot get to login screen Reply with quote

hello i have got a macmini 80 gb 10.6.8 with snow leopard and when i turn it on all i see is the wallpaper of the universe,any ideas please on how to get to the login screen?
i am using a windows keyboard.
thank you.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could try starting in Safe mode

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To start up into Safe Mode (to Safe Boot), do this:

Be sure your Mac is shut down.
Press the power button.
Immediately after you hear the startup tone, hold the Shift key. The Shift key should be held as soon as possible after the startup tone, but not before the tone.
Release the Shift key when you see the gray Apple icon and the progress indicator (looks like a spinning gear).
During startup in Mac OS X v10.4 through Mac OS X v10.6.8, you will see "Safe Boot" on the login window, which appears even if you normally log in automatically. During startup in Mac OS X v10.2 through v10.3.9, you will see "Safe Boot" on the Mac OS X startup screen.

To leave Safe Mode, restart the computer normally, without holding any keys during startup.


http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1455?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you for all the help,i have managed to get it to recognize the installation disk and i am in the process of re-installing the system.
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