Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 1:15 AM (in response to bluetortilla)
More info on this exteral please, us it Bus owered or does it have A/C power?What brand/Mdel is it?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 1:49 AM (in response to BDAqua)
It's an 2 T AC powered Iomega eGo. It's been a little flakey at times in the past (unmounting for no apparent reason), makes bumping noises which when checked out appear to be normal, but otherwise reliable. It checks out OK on Disk Utility and Diskwarrior. I don't think it's faulty.
It has a light that flickers when active and glows continuously when idle but powered on. On startup problems it will flicker like a strobe light for a few seconds after the chime and then stop.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 9:47 PM (in response to bluetortilla)
I think I'd see about getting a Replacent A/C PSU for it, not familiar with that ecact model, bit many others have this PSU problem.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 10:02 PM (in response to BDAqua)
I appreciate the reply and will look into the issue, but my external HD is just one symptom, questionable at that, in a host of problems. It's very hard to troubleshoot when your screen is black. In general, when the computer is working fine, the drive has served me fine. In troubleshooting the Mac, powering off and unplugging the drive from the hub doesn't seem to make any difference.
Are Mac mini 2011 models normally very quiet on startup? If so, it could after all be a monitor issue. I'm going to buy a used monitor tomorrow and mess around with it on my mac and my Ubuntu laptop to see if I can't isolate the problem. I like that Apple is state of the art, but let's face it, Mac mini people are usually best bang for their buck people and are very unlikely to buy compliant monitors that cost twice as much as the computer. They're gonna go VGA. I don't know if the adaptor is flakey or not, but I have not had good experiences with monitors and my Mac mini.
Thanks for your help sir.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 10:35 PM (in response to bluetortilla)
WEll, let's see what the other Monitor does & get back to this.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 1:33 AM (in response to BDAqua)
Well, with the other monitor (which did not work with the mini either but worked fine on a laptop), I was able to narrow the trouble spot down to either a faulty Mini Display to VGA adaptor or a damaged port. I could determine that all the other ports (incld. the USB drive, programs, internet, etc., were all working fine behind the big black GUI all through sound feedback, so I seriously doubted it could be a supply problem or a residential electric problem.
I took my mini and adaptor to a "Mac Shop" (reseller) here in China, and found it quite professional, just like a Mac Store. They tested my machine, and although they didn't have VGA monitors, they said I could return the new $30 USD adaptor if it didn't work. But as I'm writing this on the monitor now, the new adaptor did the trick.
The long and short of all this is that I've read a lot about display problems with the mini and I suspect that most of these problems are adaptor related. I myself tried to save some bucks by buying a third party plug and lived and learned. I hope the Apple adaptor works like a champ, and if it doesn't, I'll know the first thing to eliiminate next time.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 10:49 AM (in response to bluetortilla)
Great work, thanks for the report!
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2012 10:57 AM (in response to bluetortilla)
Thanks, but to clarify I meant to say 'Mini Display to VGA' adaptor. I have no idea what a USD is! Guess I'm making up protocols.