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Mac Mini G4 start up issues, help please?

by ashtaylor007 / January 30, 2012 10:17 AM PST

My Mac Mini G4 stalled the other day and switched off, then would not restart, it just seemed to be dead, the fan would spin once then nothing, no lights etc...

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I would be tempted to try another power adapter, if possible
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 30, 2012 8:53 PM PST

and move on from there.

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by ashtaylor007 / January 31, 2012 6:00 AM PST

Yes thanks for the reply, that was my instinct as well - but have tried a new adapter with the same results...

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If I had to guess
by Jimmy Greystone / January 31, 2012 10:03 AM PST

If I had to guess, I'd say it's probably a bad/cold solder joint somewhere, and it would probably be a relatively easy and cheap fix... IF you happened to work for TSA or something and can run it through an x-ray scanner to find the bad solder joint.

I just KNOW someone's going to pop up like the spanish inquisition guy in all those monty python skits when I say this, but it's probably time to take this thing out back and shoot it in the head to put it out of its misery. Whatever it is, the symptoms seem to be getting worse as time progresses. Add to that that it's a G4 model, so will pretty much definitely be on the Vintage list. That means getting parts would become a game of scrounging ebay and craigslist, hoping that the person you buy it off of labeled it correctly, knows how to avoid ESD damage, packs it well, that the shipping carrier doesn't play a game of warehouse soccer with it or drive it through an artillery range (you laugh, but you should see the condition of a few packages I've gotten), and a myriad of other potential problems.

You can probably repurpose the HDD, and then just sell off the rest on ebay yourself, make a few bucks to cover the cost of the external enclosure for the HDD.

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could be true
by ashtaylor007 / February 3, 2012 7:55 AM PST
In reply to: If I had to guess

Thanks for that...

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If the worst comes to the worst,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 3, 2012 9:46 PM PST
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and the machine finally gives up the ghost, all your data is still available on the hard drive.

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