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Question: Mac Mini Late 2012 won't turn on

Hello Everybody!

I hope someone can help me with this pretty annoying issue.

Some douche unplugged the power from my mac mini (late 2012 i5) while it was still running. I'm not sure what is was doing because it was hooked up to my TV which was at that point displaying a different source.

Problem is that my mac mini won't turn back on.

I've disconnected the HDD, removed and replaced RAM, unplugged it from power, replugged it and pressed the power button while holding CMD+Option+P+R... Still dead.

The weird thing is that when i hold the power button for approx. 10 seconds you can see the fan moving a (very) little bit. But it just will not power up.

I'm kind of new to mac forums because i have never experienced any trouble with this one.

I Hope someone can help me with this.

Mac mini

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May 29, 2018 2:24 PM in response to ArjanveHa In response to ArjanveHa

Try an SMC reset:


Try starting up in Safe Mode:

Use safe mode to isolate issues with your Mac - Apple Support

If neither of those work boot into Recovery and Reinstall Mac OS.

About macOS Recovery - Apple Support

If none of those work make a Genius Bar appointment for a free diagnostic:

Genius Bar Reservation and Apple Support Options - Apple

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May 29, 2018 2:34 PM in response to macjack In response to macjack

Thanks for the fast reply.

Simple fact (or problem actually is that these solutions are everywhere to be found online and none of them works.

Since it's a 2012 model pre-owned by my dad i question if going to a genius bar will do me any good. Warranty is long void.

Other than that: I never bothered to link it to my apple account so I cannot even make an appointment at a genius bar.

May 29, 2018 2:34 PM

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