2011 MacMini, extremely SLOW

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by EuStoN, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. EuStoN macrumors newbie

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    i just bought an open box mac mini base model from Best Buy (2.3GHz I5)... i bought it from best buy while it was use by someone else before, so i didn't have the login name. I had to rest the login, cause i don't' have the previous user's password.

    I followed a youtube video on resetting the login user information. After that I started using it.

    The computer has been slow since the day one i've turned it on, it is extremely slow. I thought it was the ram problem, so i went and upgraded the ram to 8GBs, it does seem a little bit faster. But I'd expect an i5 processor be a lot better than this. Right now the mac mini is a lot slower than my old asus laptop with first gen i5 chip & only 4gb of ram.

    I also have a 13" macbook air ultimate, this machine's speed is at least 5 times as fast as my mac mini. Is there something that much be reset like the Macbook Air SMS resets (click on option function shift and power while the computer is plugged in and power off)


    Please HELP~~!!!
     
  2. EuStoN thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i don't have anything installed to the computer, only boot camp... which is not even turned on.... i only have whatever apps that came with the Lion....
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It doesn't matter. There are still things on that list you can do to address performance.
     
  4. David085 macrumors 6502a

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    Best Buy start selling the Mid 2011 Mac mini's now?
     
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  6. EuStoN, Dec 27, 2011
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    EuStoN thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i will try it
     
  7. lilsoccakid74 macrumors 6502

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    I got mine the first week it came out from Best Buy:)
     
  8. davidlv macrumors 65816

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    If the mini is really 5 times slower, you need to take it in to Apple to have it checked. However, a lot of the perceived speed difference is probably the SSD in the MB Air. The base model Mac Mini comes with a 5,400 rpm HD, and there is a huge difference in the speed of I/O that makes the machine feel a lot less responsive than it really is. Have you tried converting a video file or an AIFF to an MP3? The sandy bridge iCore is actually much faster than the older C2D chips, about twice as fast or more at the same GHz.
    So if you are concerned about your particular machine, have Apple check it out. There is no way it should be slower than the MB Air, other than the I/O issue.
     
  9. EuStoN thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i know there is speed difference from the hard drive. but it is actually a lot slower than my 1st ten i5 wit 7200rpm Asus laptop... I'm not expecting the os to load up instantly, but i do expect dragging finders around not to be choppy and laggy...

    I'm downloading the update for reinstallation now. Will see how it goes after the reinstallation....

    Thanks for your input, if it still don't work after reinstall. I guess i'll have to contact apple about it...
     
  10. theSeb macrumors 604

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    There is certainly something wrong because a HDD or SSD will not make your sliders, or windows animations in general, smoother.
     
  11. MadDragon1846 macrumors regular

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    Choppy while dragging windows around, and using sliders, is usually to do with the gpu drivers (well thats whats it's like for PCs).

    I'd check that your mini is fully up to date. (you probably have already, but thought I'd say, just in case) :D
     
  12. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    I say kill the bootcamp for now do fresh install of lion and see what you get
     
  13. EuStoN thread starter macrumors newbie

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    does reinstall from recovery count as fresh install??

    I have killed the bootcamp~~ and trying to do a reinstall from recovery right now..
     
  14. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    yes if you do a successful recovery install you should be good to go. if it still feels slow we can do some testing since we know you have no "bad" programs
     
  15. EuStoN thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i have reinstall it, it felt much better now...

    btw, does anyone know where this downloaded reinstallation lion file is saved on my harddrive? I wanno install it on my older mac, not sure if it's possible to use this file...
     
  16. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    if you want lion on an older mac you have to buy it. your new mac mini kind of locks lion into that one machine.

    it is a bit more complicated then that. but lion is 29.99 at the app store and it will download to most macs except 2011 mac mini's. Maybe some one can write a clear explanation for you. I have not fully awakened this morning
     
  17. EuStoN thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks ppl!!!!

    Now problem is solved... but i felt like i should sell the mini... cause it does still feel slower than my air...

    at first, i thought it would be nice to have a desk top around... have all the files backup in there. But now i have changed my air to 256gb, it's not super spacious, but it's enough with my external harddrive. And it's find running my air with my big screen...

    How much would i be able to get my mini for?? (a base 2011 mini with 8gb ram)
     
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  19. Randor77, Jan 6, 2012
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    Randor77 macrumors newbie

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    GGJ, I have the same problem, sluggish, slow 2011 Mac mini. It is less than one month old. Have been using it for email, to surf internet, and process digital photos with PhotoShops CS5.

    Appreciate your tips, but for some reason my Mac mini with Lion does not have System Preferences > Accounts > Login Items. Under System Preferences I have Users & Groups, but that is no help.

    HELP!
     
  20. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You have to select a user, such as yourself.
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