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2009 mini stuck on grey apple logo start-up screen

 
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:05 pm    Post subject: 2009 mini stuck on grey apple logo start-up screen Reply with quote

Hello all,

My 2009 Intel mini is stuck on the grey apple logo start-up screen. I get the spinning loading cirlce, but it just sits there. I have the mini set to enter a password upon waking from sleep and last night when I went to wake up the machine I had the spinning beachball. After waiting for several minutes I shut the mini off and that is when the problem started.

I have tried resetting the pram, holding the d key, the c key, the shift key, command v and nothing works. I hear the chime when I first power it back on, but again cannot get past the start-up screen.

I do not have the snow leopard install cd, plus the optical drive died several months ago. I do have an external cd drive.

I have an external hd I use for time machine back-ups, but I cannot seem to get to a screen where I can load a time machine back-up.

Any ideas?!? I don't want to give up on my mini!

Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

start up holding down Alt/Option key, see if that brings up HD
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

also if that don't work, unplug power cord from back of Mini wait 5 minutes, hold down power button and plug in power cord to back of Mini.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

also read this:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=813106&highlight=won+t+start
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pressing the option key did bring up an icon of my internal HD with an arrow beneath pointing up. When I click on the arrow it goes to the grey logo screen and gets stuck again. I was hoping I could load a backup from my time machine HD but I cannot seem to be able to access it. I'm beginning to worry that my mini might be toast and I don't want that to happen.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sounds like you need new HD, then use TM to reinstall
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I finally solved the problem with my mac mini by buying a new macbook pro with retina display! Very Happy

The hard drive bricked on my mini and I could not get anything to work to solve the problem. After deciding it was not worth the trouble to pry open the mini and replace the hard dive, a new portable macbook seemed like a good idea. I hooked up my time machine drive and next thing I know I'm using my new macbook pro just like I was my mini. Gotta love the simplicity in that!

I will miss my mini as it was my first experience using a mac and I do not think I will be going back to using a windows machine at home ever again. OS X Mavericks has a lot for me to lean coming from Snow Leopard and I like what I'm seeing so far.

I spent a lot of time lurking on the forums here before I decided to purchase my 2009 mac mini and I'm glad I did. Things have slowed down around here since then, but I have always thought this was one of the better forum communities around. I'm sure I will continue to visit often and learn more and even help out every once and awhile.

RIP 2009 mac mini, you served me well.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now you're up and running again with your new MBP, it might be worth re-visiting your mini, and indeed: prying it open, install new HD, recreate OS from the grey disks, and you'll have a useful (and saleable) nice "new" mini?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mooblie wrote:
Now you're up and running again with your new MBP, it might be worth re-visiting your mini, and indeed: prying it open, install new HD, recreate OS from the grey disks, and you'll have a useful (and saleable) nice "new" mini?


That is a good idea. Pardon my ignorance, but what are grey disks? I'm not sure if I have the Snow Leopard install disks.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The two grey Mac OSX DVD disks that would have come with the mini when new?

You can boot up from disk No.1, after you have installed a blank new HD, and copy the OS onto the HD, giving you a "factory fresh" mini.

Alternatively, if you can find the retail Snow Leopard disk, you can do the same from that.
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