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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 9:42 pm    Post subject: Mid 2010 Mini issue Reply with quote

My macbook died this summer so I bought a Mini off of a famous auction site that supposedly had the 'folder icon' issue or cursor issue when booting. Now that I received it is more like the blank screen/no audio/no video issue. Wondering if anyone has had this issue or any advice. I have tried resetting nvram, Option -C, Option D, holding shift while booting, etc... I get no sound and no monitor(tried 3 diff with hdmi & dvi).

If i boot with original os x disk or snow leopard eventually the disk gets ejected. Also, when booting the light comes on(next to superdrive) then does off for a second and comes back on. Not sure if it is normal for Mini's or if it is crashing and then restarting. The fan is running. I have also tried removing one of the ram sticks and switching them and no luck there either. No matter what I get no signal to the screen. If this was windows I would think a hardware or disk issue and would try installing a new disk. Should I try that here? TIA
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 11:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think it's a disk issue. If you have a bad drive you will still see the display light up, and you would get a question mark as the Mac was unable to find a bootable disk.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 2:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with Fox...this machine is toxic and if it were me, I would spend energy returning it.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think that the issue is bad RAM, either. When RAM is bad, you are supposed to get three beeps at startup. So if it isn't the HD and it isn't the RAM, my next suspicion would be the video card, or something else on the motherboard. Either would require a mobo replacement in a mini. Unless you can find a used one, I highly doubt that it would be worth replacing. If you live near an Apple Store, you might be able to have a genius check it out for free.

If you can get a replacement mobo for a good price, it probably isn't hard to install. Other World Computing has a good video on installing duel drives in a 2010 mini, and you have to pull the mobo to do this. I've done it myself on a 2011 and 2012. The 2010 is similarly configured to those except that it has an optical drive, so I think that the procedure would be much the same.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 24, 2014 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies...I tried replacing the disk last night after I posted and as Fox stated, it wasnt the disk. At this point I don't think I can get my money back because the seller said no refunds and 'for repair/parts'. But he also stated that he got spinning or a cursor on boot up. Who knows. I was just trying to find a decent entry level machine to get into some development. May try finding a mobo if it isnt too much out of pocket, but I dont want to spend too much since I could just put that to a newer mini.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2014 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you can't find a mobo cheap, consider your purchase as spare parts, as the seller suggested. At least some of those parts should work in any 2010-2012 vintage mini, as they all have the same form factor and the same set of replaceable parts. If you want an internal optical drive, I wonder if you couldn't buy a used 2011 mini and take everything out of it and put it in the 2010 chassis.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ill keep that in mind. I went ahead and ordered another 2010 from a website that seems reputable and has decent reviews. I just didnt want to spend the money on the logic board at this moment and then have it not work still. Somewhere in the future when I have some spare time and money I will replace that board. Or just sell it again with the description that the logic board needs to be replaced. Although I have seen some posts that the superdrive fails in these so maybe I should keep it just for that?
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