My intel-based mac mini (Model A1283, EMC 2336) refuses to boot. When I plug it in, the fan spins up very loudly, but then nothing happens when I hit the power button. I don't get a boot chime, and the power light on the front doesn't turn on.

I've followed the directions here for resetting the SMC, but that doesn't seem to make any difference.

What are my options? Do I need to schlep it in for some applecare attention?

  • My Mac Mini is having exactly the same issue, although it is booting up occasionally.
    – user13837
    Nov 18, 2011 at 16:27

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The best option would be to systematically go through the manufacturer steps for troubleshooting a mac mini that won't boot. Even if you don't see the power light - do run through the no video steps as well - it might save you a trip or a call with a tech.

Best of luck!

  • Sadly, I stepped through all of those as well. Looks like it's time to belly up to the genius bar. Jul 16, 2011 at 16:47
  • Indeed - the parts in them are fairly low cost as far as repairs go - hopefully it's ram or something else cheap :-) I'm hoping my mini lasts until a SSD + 1 TB Thunder Mini arrives on the scenes. (one can dream, no?)
    – bmike
    Jul 16, 2011 at 16:59
  • If it's a ram issue, you would hear some beeps when you try to turn it on! Have you tried resetting your PRAM?
    – DreLambo
    Jul 17, 2011 at 1:45
  • I don't believe the intel mac's use PRAM, do they? Jul 17, 2011 at 17:56
  • NVRAM is the correct term, however the command keys option + command + P + R used to reset NVRAM will likely keep PRAM on everyone's mind for quite a long time.
    – bmike
    Jul 17, 2011 at 19:18

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