Mac mini HTPC slowed down

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by BurnerET, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. BurnerET macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2015
    Im having a issue all of a sudden and was curious if anyone has any ideas or suggestions. I have a mac mini late 12, i7 with upgraded 16gb ram and 500gb samsung ssd. Ive been ripping and storing my dvd and blu ray library to hard drive and using plex. Ive been doing this via makemkv and pavtube blu ray and macx dvd ripper. Within the past two weeks both pavtube and macx have started having issues. Pavtube has basically stopped working, only ripping half a blu ray before just stalling. Macx dvd has slowed down where I was ripping at around 60 fps to about 20-25.

    I contacted Pavtube and they told me to completely erase the program from drive, and then re upload to get latest version. This for some reason keeps giving me the old version and not updating. Im not sure if Im not completely erasing everything or what?

    I have no idea why Macx has all of a sudden slowed to a crawl...If anyone has any ideas, Id love to hear them
  2. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Could try cleaning the laser. If it is dirty it could be causing read errors which will severely slow down any kind of optical disc access.

    Check Activity Monitor. There may be something running in the background or a memory leak that's hogging system resources and thus severely slowing down your video encoding.

    Check your temperatures with iStat or something similar. Intel CPUs will throttle down when they start to overheat. If it's super hot, you may need to clean out the case.

    If your main system drive is getting full, your computer can slow way down. Modern operating systems need a reasonable amount of free space on the drive they are operating from.

    Honestly it could be so many things though.
  3. BurnerET thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2015
    Thanks for the pointers. Ill check out the drives laser and see if it helps.

    For some reason when looking at activity monitor and using MacX, it was saying my usage of CPU was 600%? That can't be right can it?

    Almost everything minus the OS and programs, is saved on an external drive, so I have plenty of room on the Mini's ssd

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