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Restarting a Mac Mini

by prob6474 / May 24, 2011 12:53 AM PDT

I have been a Windows user for decades. I was given a MAC Mini. I was in the middle of updating the operating system when it turned off. I turned it back on but all I get is a folder icon that has a question mark over it. i was told I need to reboot, but I do not know the key sequence using a windows keyboard. Any advice???

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Forced shutdown
by sturner--2008 / May 24, 2011 6:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Restarting a Mac Mini

At the point you are at, the computer is saying it can't find a disk with the OS in it.

To do a forced shutdown, press and hold the power button until the mini shuts down.

ensure you have connected to a Mac OS harddrive, or if you get the same result from the internal drive, then insert an OS X install DVD, at startup and hold the C key, until the screen displays. This boots from the Install DVD and allows you to look at the internal harddrive through Disk Utilitiy, or to reinstall the OS.

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Can't restart my new Mac Mini
by EdgardPontex / December 31, 2012 2:28 AM PST
In reply to: Forced shutdown

Why is everybody recommending restart from a DVD disk when new macs dont have it?? Not for this thread, but for every place I looked for.

Any new solutions for new macs??

How do I restart my New Mac Mini which refuses to recognise my password?

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Hold down the Option Key when rebooting
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 31, 2012 8:06 AM PST

Choose the Recovery option.


Hold down the "R" key when restarting


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It's likely we still need the old USB DVDRW drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2012 8:22 AM PST

You read the same replies from folk that bought other incomplete machines. Just like a car without a lug wrench it doesn't mean you can go long without one. Well, maybe if you want to let others do the work for you.

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