Mac Mini light comes on, but no chime.
I purchased a 1.66 Core Duo mini early last year, ran sata out the side, and upgraded to a T7200 processor. Over the past month, I got a couple of lockups under load (importing CDs), and once a GSOD.
Last week, I woke up to find my mini completely dead. The power light was still on, the hard drive was still spinning, but nothing going on. I powered it off, and back on, and it still sat silent. The light came on, but no chime, and no booting.
What I've tried so far:
- resetting the PRAM => fan runs @ max until I turn it off, front light does not come on.
- resetting the SMC => back to the normal state where the front light comes on, but nothing else.
- replacing the original 1.66 Core Duo CPU to see if I'd smoked the T7200.
- pulling one of the 1G chips out, and then the other.
At this point, is there much chance that it could be anything but a failed logic board? (The thing was quite dusty around the intake vents ...). I suppose it could be the power supply, but it seems sort of unlikely.
Nobody seems to sell logic boards, so I guess it's time to pick up the cheapest old mini I can find ($350 is what I've seen), or fork over ~$750 for a brand new one.