6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 13, 2006 5:47 PM by mhunter
JT COOL Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
I just got home and turned on my mac mini and now the top status bar is gone...please help me!

Mac Mini, isight, View my setup at byodkm.net!, Mac OS X (10.4.5)
  • mhunter Level 6 Level 6 (9,190 points)
    I've had this happen a couple of times.

    For me, restarting and resetting the PRAM brought it back.

    So, I would try turning it off (of needed you can hold down the power button until it turns off).

    Then, turn it back on, and immediately press and hold the following keys simultaneously:

    Option
    Command (the one with the clover shape)
    P
    R


    Keep holding all 4 keys down together until you hear the startup chime 4 times.

    Then, see if this fixes it for you.

    I've noticed that this happens occasionally on my PPC mini. Most notably since my hard drive has become almost full (only 4 gigs left).
  • iSMH Level 5 Level 5 (4,310 points)
    Most notably since my hard drive has become almost full (only 4 gigs left).

    Remember, you need 10-15% free space in OS X on your HDD.

    iSMH

    15" 1.33Ghz/1.5GB RAM Powerbook & a retired 15" 1Ghz Titanium(!) Powerbook G4   Mac OS X (10.4.5)   DP2.0Ghz/1.5GB G5, 1.42Ghz/512MB Mac Mini, 40GB iPod-G3, 320GB big mama backup
  • mhunter Level 6 Level 6 (9,190 points)
    Most notably since my hard drive has become almost
    full (only 4 gigs left).


    Remember, you need 10-15% free space in OS X on your
    HDD.


    Yep, I know...

    Believe me, it's not full by choice. But, rather by circumstance.

    I am using the Mac Mini because I downgraded from my second iMac G5 system. I'm using the mini (which I already had) while I wait for something reliable and worth purchasing from Apple (waiting for the new Power Mac's).

    So, I have all my stuff crammed on this humble 40 GB hard drive, and that's really only my Apps and some files.

    I do have an external hard drive, but it's currently holding all my data.

    If I could get some of the iPhoto bugs and OS 10.3.9 bugs fixed, then I'd be able to merge everything onto one drive and use my external. But, at the moment I have a mess and alternate between 3 partitions to get work done.

    I've tried everything with the iPhoto problem (my primary stumbling block here). But, it appears to be a problem introduced by Apple with iPhoto 6, and which apparently is only able to be fixed if you have Tiger.

    So, I am just trying to limp by until I can get a new machine. The mini is really underpowered for what I need, and it's specs are too low.

    But, the iMac G5 systems have been far too great of a head-ache to maintain for me (I've owned 2 different revisions - both made me very familiar with the local repair guy).

    I've had almost every part fail on both iMac G5's (the service tech commented on the last one that we were almost up to a new machine again). And, while the new Intel ones have a lot of new parts, they still have the integrated LCD screen which was also a major head-ache on both machines (lots of problems with them on my machines).

    The only parts that were not replaced on my last machine were the foot, the back cover, keyboard, SuperDrive, and the hard drive. Everything else (including the mouse) was replaced. And, on the machine before it (which was a different revision), I had replaced almost all the same components.

    I never had any trouble with any other Apple computer before the iMac G5's. So, I don't find it comforting to have 2 duds in a row. So, I'm waiting for something a little more comfortable to become available.

    I'm pretty sure that I don't ever want another Apple Monitor though. So, that leaves me with PowerMac and Mac Mini type machines. I can't believe all the LCD trouble I went through with the iMac G5 systems. Meanwhile, the LCD panel I purchased 3 years ago from Best Buy for less than $200 is still working perfectly.

    So, at this point, I don't want any iMac of the newer type, and the new mini is still too humble for my needs.

    So, I'm struggling by until Apple gets something available that is worth my investment, and will meet my needs.

    I am considering getting OS 10.4 for this machine when I can. That will at least make the situation more tolerable in the mean-time (still underpowered, but will make it functional). But, until I can do that, I'll have to keep working with my current mess to get through.

    Basically, I'm not disturbing anything on my external drive (which has space), until I can get OS 10.4 and get everything in-place and working properly. But, if Apple gets a good machine available for me before then, I may just get the new machine with 10.4.x already installed.

    O.K., enough rambling

    Back to the problem at hand....

    Let us know if resetting the PRAM worked for you. Hopefully it fixed your problem as it does with mine when it occurs.
  • iSMH Level 5 Level 5 (4,310 points)
    mHunter,

    Wow. Crazy stuff. Good luck.

    Another thing to the OP - Have you repaired permissions?

    If you create a new user, does the problem re-surface?

    iSMH
  • NateyBoy Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    <qoute>

    I am using the Mac Mini because I downgraded from my second iMac G5 system. I'm using the mini (which I already had) while I wait for something reliable and worth purchasing from Apple (waiting for the new Power Mac's).

    </qoute>


    Dont hold your breath waiting for the new Power Mac's. Apple is no longer making PPC processors, only intel!
  • mhunter Level 6 Level 6 (9,190 points)
    Hello,

    Dont hold your breath waiting for the new Power
    Mac's. Apple is no longer making PPC processors, only
    intel!


    Yes, I meant in general. Basically, whatever is the successor of the current Power Macs (as long as it meets my needs and budget).