Mac Mini Problems

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by antipex, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. antipex macrumors member

    antipex

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    #1
    I bought a new Mac Mini in July as a HTPC and it's been having some issues. First, videos take longer to load in Front Row as time goes on between reboots. A reboot fixes the problem momentarily. Second, I'm seeing random problems with applications and Mac OS X, and the computer freezes occasionally for no apparent reason. The computer is in a spot where it's staying very cool so heat is not an issue here.

    Has anyone else seen these issues? Last week I reformatted and reinstalled Mac OS X, and then checked the HD for errors (there are none). I had a previous generation Mac Mini serving the same purpose prior to this one and it had none of these problems.
     
  2. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a

    QuantumLo0p

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    How much ram do you have? If you do not have enough you can certainly experience such issues. I experienced momentary freezes, severe video lag actually, because I did not have enough ram. The standard 2GB of ram, along with a very slow hdd, in the new Mini is a recipe for letdowns. I installed 8GB of ram and a Momentus XT and it transformed my Mini into the computer that should have shipped from Apple. Ideally, more ram and a ssd is a wonderful fix. If your budget is limited I would opt for more ram first, then hdd.
     
  3. antipex thread starter macrumors member

    antipex

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    I had 2GB of RAM initially, thought it was the RAM, and upgraded to 4GB. I still have the same problem. Also, I only had 2GB in the old Mini without problems.
     
  4. Baby Mac macrumors regular

    Baby Mac

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    I have not seen posts attributing these problems to the drive or memory. The upgrades would be nice but if they don't help these problems, you'll have a faster computer and have eliminated two things it could be. Maybe an Apple Store could run a check before you lay out more cash not knowing if the mini is a keeper.
     
  5. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a

    QuantumLo0p

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    Other than the dozens of posts about various versions of the Mini not having enough ram, I totally agree with you.
    :rolleyes:

    @OP
    If your Mini isn't starving for resources, like all standard Minis do, I fear there is a deeper problem and I agree with Baby Mac about having it looked at.
     

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