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    Mac Mini keeps shutting down/rebooting

    Since I pulled my mini out a few weeks ago to hook up my new lilliput, I've been having this problem where the mini reboots or shuts down unexpectedly (like, while I'm driving around). If it ends up rebooting, sometimes it just comes back on (after a full boot of course) but other times the mini will actually beep (I think it beeps for 2 to 3 seconds -- it's probably better described as a continuous tone instead of a beep). Does anyone know what this means?

    I experienced a similar problem when I first installed the mini. Back then, the problem was that it either wouldn't get turned on by the carnetix power supply or when it would turn on, I would get the tone instead of a boot. At the time, I thought I traced the problem to the power connector (the one that connects directly to the mini). I had it embedded into a dock and my interpretation was that the dock was just slightly out of alignment. I made the hole for the power connector slightly larger and the problem went away -- until now. Do you guys think it's the same or similar problem?

    Since the problem crept up again, I've readjusted the power connector 3 or 4 times and I might be able to get it to work for a day but then I'll end up coming back to the car and it won't turn on or it'll just turn off during a drive or maybe I'll get the tone.

    Any suggestions would very much be appreciated!!

    -Andrew

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    hey man, im thinking im having a similar problem. I get the "Please restart your computer. hold down the power button for several seconds" display. When I drive around hard, it tends to happen. Just tonight, going to dinner I noticed that when I turn the power on, the mini will shut down, then turn on, fail, then try to turn on again. Either my electrical connector is loose and isnt in all the way or by my mini sitting in my glovebox in a weird angle it tends to not function properly.

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    That's weird because I've never seen a message like that before. Mine just shuts down so I assume it's either the sleep button connector, the power connector, or the power supply.

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    Sounds to me like a faulty power connector. Is is an Intel Mini? Could it be a problem with the iSense mod?
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    I have only seen this issue when my power connector was loose or dirty.

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    my mac pac cable did seem a little loose. Also ran with the glovebox down so the mini was probably < 45 degrees. went through some bumps, went full boost from a dead stop, and the mini didnt hiccup once. I got through the 60 mile trip to work just fine.

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    You will sometimes get the black screen of death when there is a USB failure. If you are doing full boost hard acceleration over bumpy surfaces, it is entirely plausible that unless you have your connectors glued in place that you could cause a USB problem or a power issue.
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    So, the mini (it's a g4, not an intel) has been out of my car for a week now and I still haven't figured out a good solution. I popped open the case to see if I could somehow bend or fix the power connector on the inside of the mini but it was pretty inaccessible. I was thinking I might epoxy the power cable to the mini case but then I realized I wouldn't be able to open the mini for repairs/hard drive upgrades/etc... I checked the cable with the mini outside of the car and it is pretty lose, even when plugged all the way in there is a lot of side-to-side play. Bottom line is, I still don't have a clear solution to this.

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    mine is a little loose, plan on wrapping the plug to get a better seal. im going to try to use F4 tape. It's a silicon based tape which sticks only to itself, but can be pulled tight to achieve a waterproof seal.

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    Is it the connector on the Mini or the plug on the power supply that is loose? Can you try a different power supply to see if it fits snugly?

    You can always just glue the plug in place, cut the cable downline and install a molex type connector on it so you can get it out of the car. Not elegant, but it would work.
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