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Mac mini boot problem

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Nov 25, 2012 12:30 PM

My Mac mini didn't wake from sleep, frozen so I turned the unit off, left it for a time then switched it back on again. Got the white apple screen with the rotating symbol. After a few moments this stops rotating and the screen freezes. What will fix it.

Mac mini, iOS 6.0.1
  • johnl927 Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)
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    Nov 25, 2012 12:33 PM (in response to Neilmacmini)

    Boot into Recovery mode (power on machine while holding the option key and then select recovery), try to repair disk using the disk utilty. post back with results.

  • johnl927 Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)
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    Nov 25, 2012 12:47 PM (in response to Neilmacmini)

    Hey Neil:

     

    Try booting into single user mode (Hold Cmd+S while powering on the machine) after that you should see a black screen with a bunch of text , just let it finish loading then....

     

    type fsck -f and hit enter

     

    post back let me knkow the result.

     

    Note: If your machine is also halting on the black screen post where is it hanging.

  • johnl927 Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)
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    Nov 25, 2012 1:15 PM (in response to Neilmacmini)

    yes power your machine off and do the same cmd+s, when the txt stops scrolling just type fsck -f and hit enter, wait for the progress report, once that is done it should say that your disk is ok or has been modified, then type reboot

     

    note, you don't use the mouse just keyboard

  • johnl927 Level 3 Level 3 (565 points)
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    Nov 26, 2012 7:40 AM (in response to Neilmacmini)

    Hey Neil:

     

    lets see if you can boot into safe mode, power down the machine and hold the shift key while powering the MacMini up.  If you can boot into safe mode navigate to console app found under Applications/Utilities/Console and post your report found under system.log and post only todays date.  If this also fails let's do a hardware test. click here for the instructions

  • mere.owens Calculating status...
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    Feb 21, 2013 2:06 AM (in response to Neilmacmini)

    Neil, I was having the same issue as the original poster of this article so I performed the single user mode boot (cmd-s) but before it finishes the report the mini automatically restarts and shows the white screen with apple logo......help!!?? Also noting one of the hard disk drives(the one with the Mac hd disk, not storage) showed failing S.M.A.R.T. STATUS PRIOR

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