Mac Mini (2011) running very slow, even with 8GB RAM.

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by StewieGriffin76, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. StewieGriffin76 macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2012
    Hey Everybody-

    I have a Mac Mini 2011. A few months ago I upgraded the RAM to 8GB Corsair (2 x4GB). This thing is not running anything like I was hoping it would. Even with just a few webpage tabs and iTunes going, it is struggling. For example, when I click the iTunes icon in the dock so I can bring it up to play another song, the top taskbar disappears for a few seconds until iTunes appears. Then, when I click the forward arrow button on iTunes, there is about a five second delay before it "processes" the request and moves to the next song. Could I have bad memory sticks? I don't do anything real memory intensive (at least so I thought), but still try not to run more than a few programs at once because the machine might just totally freeze up (which has happened a few times). Thanks.
  2. jamesjingyi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2011
    Look in the "About this Mac" and see how much memory it is showing up. It could be a faulty RAM stick or it could be they may not be inserted fully.
  3. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Take a look at Activity Monitor and see if anything is running and using up most CPU. Also, see if there is a lot of harddrive activity..
  4. Supra Mac macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2012
    +1 on the hard drive activity, back when I was sporting a HDD, if a program was writing or I was copying or transferring a file the system came to a crawl, also at 8GB of RAM.
  5. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    do you have itunes on the internal hdd? if it is on the internal hdd is it huge? one more question about the hdd if it is the stock 500gb 5400 rpm it is a bit slow. if you are filled to 400 gb or 450gb it is slower. so is it the stock 500gb hdd and is it filled beyond 400gb.
  6. StewieGriffin76 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2012

    Thanks for the responses. My HDD is stock and is only filled to abt 130 GB, with my iTunes library using about 98GB of it. Activity monitor shows iTunes using 1.4-1.5 GB, which seems really bizarre to me. I didn't think it was that much of a resource hog. Is it better to run iTunes from an external drive?
  7. alias99 macrumors regular

    Nov 3, 2010
    I have a 2012 MBA and my itunes library is open in full screen and only using 290mb RAM for your reference.
  8. gixxerek macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2012
    Hey men.

    I got the same problem as you. My mac mini was very slow at the beginning and i dont know why. I ve bought 2 weeks ago MacBook Air which is almost the same as mac mini. Only different is that the MacBook Air is much faster than Mac mini. I ve got safari, iTunes, iPhoto open and it is still fast but on Mac mini when I was surfining on internet it was always very annoying. Sorry for my english.
    PS: sell your mac mini and buy macbook.

  9. KScottMyers macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    This is definitely not normal behavior. I would two things.

    • Replace the memory with the original Apple memory for testing. See if the issue goes away.
    • If you have an external drive - USB or Firewire... do a clean OS install and boot from it to see if the issue goes away.

    This eliminates the drive and memory as possible issues.
  10. comatory macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2012
    It looks like faulty RAM or failing hard drive. Thoroughly test both to rule them out. Mini shouldnt choke on simple usage such as this. I did 1080P video editing with many programs open and it was fast.
  11. EvilC5 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2010
    Hanover MD
    have you checked the console messages?

    my 2010 mini was getting really slow and causing issues and it turned out to be the hard drive. I figure it was mainly from taking power hits and rebooting the machine since I never turn it off nor do I have an UPS.
  12. keema macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2011
  13. Omnius macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2012
    before writing the ram off. Switch the chips around. Sometimes ram is fickle. It may not be recognized correctly in 1 slot but fine in another.
  14. keema macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2011
    yep i agree on this one...

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