Mac Mini Server memory problems
#243 Henry, Sunday, 12 April 2015 2:12 PM (Category: Apple)
(Tags: macmini)

I mentioned earlier that the Mac Mini Server I have been using at work to dabble with XCode has stopped booting. During one weekend, it ran amok and when I got to work the CPU was running at 100%, the box was hot, and it had grey-screened. I turned it off and let it cool. Since then, it has not booted. When I attempt, it gives a three tone beep, then pauses, then repeats.

While I was looking at the Mac Minis this weekend, I tried to boot and match the sounds to what Apple Support's List Of Startup Tones.

What I have is "3 successive tones, a 5 second pause (repeating): This indicates RAM does not pass a data integrity check." Maybe when it went bad that weekend and stayed hot for the rest of the weekend, it fried the memory. Or maybe the memory was bad. Or something. I'll look for replacement memory and see if I can get it working again. But then again, why throw good money after bad? Maybe I should just abandon this thing, and pursue non-Apple hardware.