2011 Mac mini Power Issues

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

  1. shortcut3d 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. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    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. shortcut3d 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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