Following up, I had to go to work, so any troubleshooting had to go on hold for the evening. Short term outlook is for me to harvest the HD and put it into the extra USB 2.0 enclosure (it was FW/USB, but the FW bridge died) that I have and connect it to the Mini so I can get at my files. I'd also have to move one of the printers to the Mini (my G4 was the print server). Long term outlook is to keep checking the on line Apple Store for refurb Minis or wait until MW to see if there is a Mini refresh/update. I'm in mourning due to the death in the family.
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