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    MINI MAC 1.66Ghz start up fail

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    MINI MAC 1.66Ghz start up fail
    hi,
    I recently bought a second hand mac Mini 1.66 Ghz and when starting up it gave me a scrambled up screen in a few languages, the top let started with "panic".

    So, I put in a Leopard CD in (over tiger as advised was installed) and 1 hour later got a screen saying install successful and restart, when restarted it went back to the aforementioned screen beginning with "panic"

    Cooked? anyone please, any help would be appreciated, thanks

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    MINI MAC 1.66Ghz start up fail
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    That's called a kernel panic...and most times it's hardware related. Furthermore...MANY times it's related to bad ram or incompatible ram. My suggestion would be to pull all the ram...and only install 1 stick of ram at a time to see if you get stability.

    Your Mac-mini has 2 ram slots (not sure if both are filled). If both are filled...remove 1, and restart. See if you have stability. If so, great. If not try the other stick by itself. If all your ram appears bad...then you could try ordering a new stick of ram from OWC or Crucial:

    Performance Upgrades; FireWire USB SATA Storage; Memory, more at OWC
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    If your Mac-mini only has 1 stick of ram in it...then it is either bad (dead)...or not Mac compatible.

    ...or it could be a different hardware problem. But this is unlikely...since your Mac-mini sounds like it boots properly.

    HTH,

    - Nick
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    MINI MAC 1.66Ghz start up fail

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    oh dear, Powermac G5 DP 2.0Ghz 160GigHDD
    thanks pigoo3 / Nick,

    Tries your suggestion but same problem. Also tried holding down D when starting and result was "no hardware fail"

    so it's now at the mac shop for a flu vac

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    Just a guess, bad RAM or maybe the Hard Drive is dying and corrupted the install. The 1.66 Minis are quite old now so the drive could have issues. If the Apple Hardware Test said there was nothing wrong, that is interesting, but there are some times it's missed a minor fault.

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    MINI MAC 1.66Ghz start up fail
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    Quote Originally Posted by vn3801 View Post
    thanks pigoo3 / Nick,

    Tries your suggestion but same problem. Also tried holding down D when starting and result was "no hardware fail"

    so it's now at the mac shop for a flu vac
    Be careful how much you spend repairing this computer...it's probably worth under $200.

    - Nick
    - Too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
    - Computer seems slower than it used to? Read this for some slow computer tips: Speedup
    - Almost full hard drive? Some solutions. Out of Space
    - Apple Battery Info. Battery

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