Mac mini (2009), Apple logo, no progress bar, doesn't respond to keyboard, no sounds.


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Hi, I'm completely new to Macs.
I acquired a Mac mini (2009)
When I switch it on I get the Apple logo, no progress bar, no response to keyboard, no sounds.
I've left it running for an hour with no change.
Holding the power button for a while turns it off.
Could someone please tell me what the problem might be and some tests I could perform?
 
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Hello and welcome.
  • Where did you purchase it from?
  • Did they state there were any issues or that it didn't not have OS X/macOS installed?
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I got it on ebay. They said it had worked but couldn't test. I bought it with the idea of running Batocera OS on it.
 
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I think one problem is it's not responding to a keyboard. I pulled the hard drive, it's fine but appears to have windows and bootcamp on it.
 
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here are the keyboard commands to use at start up.
you must hold these keys down as you power on.
regards, sandy
 

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It turns out it's a 2006 not a 2009.
I think the optical drive is OK. I do get the start-up sound.
I managed to get it to boot in single user mode and pictures is the text that appeared before it froze.
Sorry for small size, It wouldn't let me upload larger.

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It turns out it's a 2006 not a 2009.
I think the optical drive is OK. I do get the start-up sound.
I managed to get it to boot in single user mode and pictures is the text that appeared before it froze.
Sorry for small size, It wouldn't let me upload larger.

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That is a UNIX Kernel Panic screen.. means you may have to reinstall the system. as something is seriously gone wrong... try starting in 'Recovery' mode, by holding down the R key or command & R, keys when you turn it on. it will need to be connected to the internet, as I may download the system data from there. there are also the other re-install keys in that list i put up. Regards, Sandy
 

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