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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 5:27 pm    Post subject: Mini stuck Reply with quote

I was playing an audio cd yesterday and the mini locked up. I boot from the firewire (minimate) drive. The internal drive is no longer bootable. I did a hard reboot and now iI get the folder with the ? and the CD is stuck in it. I tried the 'C' key thing and nothing. Any thoughts? Thanks

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would try open the Mac mini's case and disconnect the CD drive. Then boot up without the CD drive connected. Once you have the drive out you might be able to get the jammed disk out.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This may or may not help you. It's an Apple Support article about ejecting CDs from a slot-loading iMac G4. I would think the procedure would be similar for the Mini. Worth a try, I guess.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Susurrus wrote:
This may or may not help you.


Good info incase of an emergency. I didn't know a paper clip would do it with the slot type drive.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 06, 2005 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pretty much all disc drives released have an emergency release ability, even slot loading ones. The problem is figuring out what it is. Normally it is accessible from the outside somehow, also.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2005 12:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

these tidbits may or may not help:

boot up pushing option key to get list of bootable OS

boot up pushing mouse in cliked position ejects media before booting.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2005 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

good to know DoFa
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2005 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. Turns out my external hard drive crashed. Swapped in a backup and the disc ejected and everything worked. Problem is, the drive was in the minimate and I wonder if the heat got to it. It is so new, i still haven't lost the reciept for it yet Wink

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2005 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brendan wrote:
I still haven't lost the reciept for it yet Wink

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I'm keeping mine handy! Nice to see the miniStack comes with a two year warranty. That's better than ours.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2005 3:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In case anyone ever needs to, you can also eject the CD from the Mac's firmware:

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106752

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2005 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The problem has turned out not to be the drive. The drive is fine and readable again. The compuer freezes during a backup. I went to backup the backup drive I booted from and the same thing happened. It froze, I hard rebooted and no drive found, usb or fw. I installed Tiger to the internal drive and booted from that. I hadn't turned off the minimate. I opened finder and there was the drive. I set it as the startup drive and it worked!? I started a backup and it froze again. When I rebooted it was still ok. ??? I backed up by copying stuff manually and it seemed fine. I believe this all started since the last upgrade.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2005 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What software are you using to do the backup? There may be weird issues with it and Tiger that causes crazy stuff like this to happen.

So, booting from the internal drive is fine but booting from or backing up to the external is causing freezes?
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2005 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Susurrus wrote:
What software are you using to do the backup? There may be weird issues with it and Tiger that causes crazy stuff like this to happen.

So, booting from the internal drive is fine but booting from or backing up to the external is causing freezes?


I tried both CCC and SuperDuper. Yes, it appears to be a fw thing. I haven't tried USB, yet. I saw a few posts like this on apple's forum, but no answers.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It'll probably be fixed in 10.4.2 because I hear that Apple is fixing every known bug in Tiger.
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