Mac mini dying?

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  1. Ereptor, Mar 15, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2015

    Ereptor macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2015
    I have been a PC guy all my life and used to think i was fairly proficient with tech and IT. However about 4 years ago after having two kids i bought a mac to help simplify things. So here is my problem. I can't watch youtube ( it is very slow and jumpy ) I can't have more than 2 programs open at once ( slow, freezes, or takes me to the login screen ) and even if i have only one program open it is still slow. Okay so specifics:

    Mac mini (Mid 2011) (OS Yosemite 10.10.2)
    200 GB free of the 500 GB hard drive
    383GB free of 3TB External Harddrive
    16 GM of 1333 DDR3 Ram
    3 monitors

    Okay my questions.

    I have had 3 monitor set up for at least 3 years and haven't had a problem but i am wondering if that is part of the problem. but when i turn two of them off it doesn't get much better.

    I have my itunes and iphoto and stored on my external harddrive. I am not sure if that is causing some of the slowness.

    My CPU load playing youtube and typing this is about 40-60% with 40-50% idle.

    Also I have most of my documents on drop box. I am trying to free up everything i can on my internal drive and keep everything else on the external on the cloud.

    What am i doing wrong? Is it dying and on its last breath? Is there anything diagnostically i can do? Help!

    Thanks for looking .
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
  3. Ereptor thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2015
  4. gpspad macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2014
    You think of trying to run a standard benchmark test and compare it to a similar model?
  5. Ereptor thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2015
  6. Micky Do macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    Run the Apple Hardware Test

    This would seem to be a good place to start:

    First two steps:

    1 - Shut down your computer. Then, press the power button to turn it back on.

    2 - Press and hold the D key before the gray startup screen appears.

    3 - …………..
  7. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    With Yosemite, you really need an SSD to deliver [at least what I would consider] an acceptable level of performance...

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