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mac mini

updates completed restarted now no luck



3:15 pm on Jan 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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completed all the updates for my new mac mini, admittedly the hard drive was a little full, it completed and asked me to restart, restarted now wont boot up!?!

any ideas?



4:19 pm on Jan 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If you think it is b/c the HD is too full, you could get another Mac, connect the mini and the other Mac via FireWire and use target disk mode on the mini and off load some of the files...

If the HD is not too full and something went wrong with the updates, you could do an "Archive and Install" with the CD that came with it and try the updates again...

What screen do you see when it attempts to boot up? Do you have anything else attached via USB or FireWire (besides the keyboard and mouse)? If so, disconnect those before trying any of the above.

Hope this helps & good luck!


7:08 pm on Jan 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Specifically, never have any Firewire device (except a hard drive) connected during a system update/installation.


8:00 pm on Jan 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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nothing else connected at the time but will try a restore


8:33 pm on Jan 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Be aware that if you do a restore, it will add another system folder, and may not have enough room on the HD to do so...I don't know the specifics of really happened, but I just wanted to warn you...(whatever you do, just don't do an "erase and install" like one of my clients did!).


10:21 pm on Jan 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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On restarting, holding down the shift key will take it into 'safe boot'. If this works you should go to Disk Utility and repair.



6:29 pm on Jan 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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That or you can boot from your install disk. When you get to the installer, select Utilites > Disk Utility from the top menu. From there, I would just to the repair disc.

I had to do this last weekend after my Cube got fried by a power surge. Thankfully disc utility brought back my my iTunes Library.


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