Got my new MacMini - So far so good!

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by CyAnMan, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. CyAnMan macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2012
    Had a black screen once during the setup for two seconds (I'm connected via HDMI to my TV). But have now been running for almost two hours with no further issues. 2.6Ghz Quad i7/Fusion Drive.

    One oddity though is that my volume slider is greyed out. It wasn't till I tried to play some music that I realized that the volume would now be controlled exclusively from my soundbar via coaxial digital audio. My first experience going digital throughput with respects to audio.

    First time I've used and seen Mountain Lion (I'm coming directly from Snow Leopard) - One quirk; Like what the hell is with the puke coloured leather? on iCal..oh but its not called iCal anymore!

    This thing screams in Aperture!
    Coming from a 2006 24" iMac, I was used to going and making a coffee while waiting for it to import even just a folder of 69 files.

    I'd swear it took less then 4 seconds on the Macmini :)
  2. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    Yeah, great machine, with an HDMI Achilles heel. I RMA'd mine.
  3. GR33NIE macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2008
    Welcome to the club! I come from a 2007 iMac & I'm running the i7 version too, the difference is amazing, money well spent :)
  4. CyAnMan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2012
    Well, have had it on for about 5 minutes this morning and had a flash of white static across the middle portion of my screen. I'm hooked up to a 42" Panasonic 60Hz LCD via Apple branded HDMI-->HDMI cable.

    Keep my fingers crossed that these screen issues are limited to just the first few minutes upon boot up.
  5. Ifti macrumors 68000

    Dec 14, 2010
    have the server, hooked up to a 46" HDTV with HDMI - during initial setup I got a grey screen flash for a second. Since then I have noticed nothing out of the ordinary.
    Bear in mind my Mini stays on 24/7 since its used as a server. Most of the time I tend to access it via VNC on my iPad or screen share with my MBP. Although I have watched a few movies through it using Plex and noticed no image issues since the original one at setup.
  6. Snowcake macrumors regular

    May 18, 2010
    That is it not only. Hdmi has also bad colors compared to Displayport/thunderbolt. If you can test it, you see the difference. (Only with Intel HD4000)
  7. CyAnMan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2012
    I also have a 24" monitor that I can hook-up to the Mac mini for colour-critical work, via TB-->DVI. Unfortunately, I can only use the HDMI into the LCD TV, its either that or VGA, which to me is not an option!

    Some additional comments;

    Have had another black screen incident today, lasted again for about two seconds, I was also playing some music in iTunes - it cut out as well.

    Have had at least two more quick flashes of white static.

    As for Mountain Lion, It's nice but there are a few omissions that really bother me - For instance, the 'hand' tool has been removed from the "Preview" application. This was great for panning around. WTF is Apple doing? Sigh... I've switched to an application called "Xee" as a excellent alternate.

    Did an encode of an SD program on handbrake...nice to see all those cores chugging away. CPU temps hit 100°C!! Fans kicked in and brought'er down to 88° idle again back down to a cool 47°C. Was getting 275fps while encoding...scorchingly fast!!!
  8. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    Could you try to play a 1080p movie? I noticed occasionally frames were skipped on a Mini 2.6/4GB. Perhaps more RAM would help.
  9. That-Guy macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2012
  10. fa8362 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008
    That's either a software or HD issue. Minis have been capable of 1080p playback without dropping frames since 2009.
  11. CyAnMan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2012
    Maybe check the refresh rate on the display that you're outputting to?
    When I first set mine up, my HD video looked kinda jittery, I quickly realized the refresh rate had defaulted to 24hz, I changed it to 60hz and it has been fine since.


    You rock That-Guy!
    Thanks a bunch...sweeeet :)

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