Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2013 3:53 PM (in response to gbledsoe)
What OS version is the CD/DVD?
I doubt anything prior to Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.7 (11A2061) wiil work or have drivers foryour Mini.
Hold alt key at bootup to see boot choices, not that that'll work, but that's where a choice can be tried.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2013 4:26 PM (in response to BDAqua)
Thanks for responding. I'm actually trying to set up the Mac mii as my VMware ESXi 5 server (per Paraguin software guide, see http://paraguin.com/2012/01/10/the-mac-mini-vmware-esxi-5-server-part-2-installa tion/
Nobody following their procedures and posting on their site has had any (reported) video issues, but that was my guess, that somehow video drivers are not being loaded.
BTW, did you mean "hold the option key" at bootup cause my mac keyboard doesn't have an alt key?
Thanks. Still looking for other options.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2013 6:38 PM (in response to gbledsoe)
Yeah, Apple has called the same key alt, option, both, or none with a strange symbol on it.
Hmmm, & the VMware ESXi 5 install went fine?
Could you have this setup?
Firmware password protection in Mac OS X ...
It would block usage of all the startup keys, like C, N, T, D, CMD+s, CMD+Option+p+r, CMD +v, Option boot will show a lock, and Shift, as well as booting from anything but the Hard Drive.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2013 8:04 PM (in response to BDAqua)
Actually the point of failure is the boot from the ESXi install CD. The firmware password protection doesn't seem to apply since the mini is mid-2011 model currently running Lion server. Thanks for the suggestion.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2013 8:21 PM (in response to gbledsoe)
I'd try making another Disc myself, but firmware password protection could apply to any OSX version, but if you didn't set it then that's not the problem.