Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1

    Member Since
    Nov 24, 2007
    Can't turn on Mini, or reinstall OS X
    Hi guys-
    First off, I apologize if this should've been in the software forum as opposed to this one.
    My problem is this: I finally updated the software on my Mac Mini (which is running tiger). It was almost done installing the software update when it said that it couldn't be finished. After that, my computer froze. When I tried to restart it, it would start to turn on, then say there was an error, and I needed to restart. Even if I restarted, the same error would happen. So I got out my OS X install discs to reinstall the software. Unfortunately, it cannot reinstall OS X, because I don't have enough free disc space. It claims my only option is to erase my hardrive, which having all my music and pictures, is not something I'm rushing out to do. Luckily, this happened just after finishing my college applications.
    Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions as to how to get my computer to turn on? Kind of ironic that my nice Mini isn't working, so I'm using my mom's Pismo lol.
    Thanks and peace,

  2. #2

    Member Since
    Nov 24, 2007
    No one has any words of wisdom? Thanks.

  3. #3

    rman's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 24, 2002
    Los Angeles, California
    2 x 3.0GHz Quad-Core, 6GB OS X 10.6.8 | 15in MacBook Pro 2.2GHz OS X 10.6.8 | 64GB iPad 2 WiFi
    You can use target mode and retrieve your music and pictures from the mini's hard drive. Connecting you mini to the pismo using a firewire cable. Then you can do the fresh install as the system suggested.
    Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, It's about learning to dance in the rain!

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Apr 28, 2006
    iMac Core Duo 20", iBook G4, iPhone 8GB :)
    To boot from target disk mode, you have to hold T while booting. Then just connect it to another computer (if PC, then you will need macdrive) and retrive your data.

    I'm not sure if this is possible, but you should be able to connect a USB drive to the machine while you boot from the install DVDs. Just make an image of your "Mac disk" onto the "USB disk" (that is, the USB disk has to more than the size of the Mac drive.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. mac mini reinstall
    By palestra in forum macOS - Operating System
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-24-2012, 12:51 PM
  2. MAC MINI Wont Reinstall osx
    By justayoungin in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 08-02-2012, 08:08 PM
  3. Keep on or turn off my Mac-mini when not in use?
    By geek71 in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 10-13-2011, 01:20 PM
  4. Can't turn on tv unless mac mini's turned on???
    By azunderg in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 04-01-2010, 11:27 AM
  5. Mac Mini turn itself off after 60 seconds
    By pokeydonut in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-06-2009, 08:06 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts