Solved How can I keep monitor on while my mini Mac capita loads up

Apple / Mini mac
February 21, 2016 at 04:46:09
Specs: Capita
I understand that u can't keep the monitor on long enough to to get past the apple logo. I have same prob. When people suggest u download website they can't seem to see that u can't do that as your Mac doesn't get far enough to do that!! It might help to go into Mac safe mode like u do for a PC but I would like somebody to help me with that please? However the monitor may not stay on long enough to be able to do that!!

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February 21, 2016 at 07:00:34
You can turn of a Mac (and also Windows systems) by simply holding the power button down (in on a Mac Mini) for a few seconds. The system will eventually power down fully.

Do you have a Time Machine backup?

Which version of Mac OSX is currently on the Mac Mini?



#1
February 21, 2016 at 06:09:54
By "Mac capita" do you mean El Capitan running on your Mac Mini?

If the monitor is switching off whilst booting the computer then there is either a hardware fault with the monitor or a hardware fault with the computer. If you can get hold of another monitor (or have a TV you can plug the computer into) try that. If you get the same result then you need someone to look at the Mac for you.


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#2
February 21, 2016 at 06:09:58
http://www.wikihow.com/Reset-a-Macb...

Have a look at this article. You may just need to do a PRAM.


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#3
February 21, 2016 at 06:39:11
Can you clarify what actually happens, what you actually mean?

Are you saying that you can't boot up the Mac to the normal desktop before going to the Apple download site for el Capitan?

The monitor is powered separately (has its own ac plug/feed) and is only connected to your Mac Min via the vga (or whichever) cable you use.

When my Mac Mini boots up (to Mavericks) it usually shows the Apple icon and then drops to a (seemingly) black screen; and after a short pause then finally the desktop loads up.

Be aware that the link in #2 (grasshopper) is factory rest routine, and "will erase all your personal files" etc. in the process.

See if this approach is any help:

http://savvygeektips.blogspot.co.uk...

https://discussions.apple.com/threa...

Again - unless you have all your personal dat stored off the hard drive... avoid the reset routine if at all possible...

If per chance you have been using Time Machine (and to an external hard drive obviously) then as long as the back ups there are reasonably current (ideally the last time you logged in OK) your data will be OK in Time Machine; and can be recovered later when the Mac is running OK. Equally you can restore/rebuild the Mac to as t was when last running OK - using Time Machine backup/Restore.

But it would be useful to know/understand "exactly" what you say is happening; actual details proper. Does the Mac boot up OK or not - without you making any attempts to go for El Capitan download?

Do not upgrade directly off the internet to El Capitan; download the whole OS file (.dmg) first) and then set about upgrading. I managed it that way with 2010 MacBook Pro and no problems.

And again - if you can boot up OK as is ensure "all" your personal files are safely duplicated/copied off the system - first. Typically to DVD but an external hard drive too is nice(r). And when all is well again with whichever OS you run - regularly ensure you do safeguard/copy your files a immediately above.


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#4
February 21, 2016 at 06:45:41
Thank you for that information.
I start up my mini Mac and it starts uploading with the apple logo. About 30% loads up then the monitor shuts down! The Mac still has the light on! In fact I don't seem to be able to turn it off now!

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#5
February 21, 2016 at 07:00:34
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You can turn of a Mac (and also Windows systems) by simply holding the power button down (in on a Mac Mini) for a few seconds. The system will eventually power down fully.

Do you have a Time Machine backup?

Which version of Mac OSX is currently on the Mac Mini?


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#6
February 28, 2016 at 06:10:14
Thank you all for giving me all the relevant information. I have solved the problem. The cause was initially an eon fluctuation adapter in the mains socket which my monitor was plugged into had failed and then the hdmi connection from the Mac to the monitor had to be adapted to a scart fitting to fit into the older monitor. The fine connectors just didn't fit tight enough into the hdmi socket in the monitor and I couldn't screw up the small connectors either side. Hence I have bought a new monitor and cable and perfect!!
My comment to me is always look for the obvious before attempting anything else more complicated!!

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#7
February 28, 2016 at 08:00:46
Well dun you for fixing it all, and thank you forpostingback.

I concurr with lookng for the obvious first; but sometimes the obvious isn't obvious - at least until much later when one has resolved a given problem?


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