Mac Mini (Video card) dying?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by rien333, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. rien333 macrumors regular

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    Although I'm very happy with my 2009 2.26 Ghz Mac Mini, I've experienced many strange things in the last two months. About two months ago all my animations (Exposé, stacks, the dock, spaces) became very sluggish and all my apps were likely to crash. I fixed it by repairing the disk permissions and changing all my icons and the background back to normal. In the period that followed my animations and performance became sluggish again in about every 2 weeks. So I did a lot of system maintenance task, like repairing disk permissions and a few things in Onyx, (Is doing this a lot bad for your system?) and deleted a lot of things I didn't need. It helped, but only for a little time. But a few hours ago the problems returned even worse and after a awful lot of maintenance tasks the problems did still occur. Is this my video card? Can I fix this? What do you recommend to do? Thanks in advantage.
    Btw my video card is a NVIDIA GeForce 9400 with 256 MB VRAM.
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Run the Apple Hardware Test off of the install DVD. If it comes up negative, save all your data and reinstall the OS.
     
  3. rien333 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Sorry for the late reaction, but it wasn't a hardware problem. I fixed the issue by disabling quartz extreme in quartz debug, and then reabling it. The sluggish animations are coming back agian, so I think I still have a serious problem.
    I forgot to mention in my earlier post that I also have the exact same problem as this guy here: http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os...5-repairing-disk-permissions-not-working.html
    It exactly is a problem, because some widgets using java don't work any more.
    There even is an app (it is written in java) that say's something simeliar to " Installation failed. It is not the fault of this app, but of your operating system. You need to reinstall OS X. "

    I don't really want to reinstall OS X so does anyone know how solve the issues I experience with my Mac Mini? Is it smart to wait until Lion arrives?
     
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