2011 Mac mini Power Issues

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by shortcut3d, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2011
    I recently encountered an issue with my 2011 Mac mini Server when under heavy load. I have a LaCie Thunderbolt Little Big Disk modded with dual OCZ Vertex 3 SSDs, and LaCie Slim Bluray Writer all connected when archiving my Bluray collect. I typically use DVDfab Bluray Copy and Handbrake simultaneously. The CPU load is typically very high on all Cores.

    The problems occur when I connect a portable FW800 drive to backup the MKVs in the background while doing the above. The systems locks up completely. I have to unplug the Mac mini from the outlet and wait 30 seconds to get the Mac mini to boot.

    Is this behavior a result of too much power draw? Is it normal?
  2. macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    sounds like you pulled too much power.
    the lbd pulls power via the t-bolt cord.
    the blu ray player pulls power.
    the fw800 is bus powered.
    handbrake pulls a lot of watts and cpu usage.

    you know me and I have more then one post on this subject give us a brick option instead of the cr@ppy little internal 85 watt psu. solves both heat and underpower issue. the old white brick was 110 watts. My guess is use a usb external that has its own power.

    something like this;

  3. thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2011
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A406 Safari/7534.48.3)

    I decided to hardware my iMac and this particular Mac mini, so I copy to my 3TB TimeCapsule for backup now.

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