Problem with new 2009 Mac Mini? recalls?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by pizz, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. pizz macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2007
    So i've had a bit to test out the new mini and i've noticed a few glitches. When I use Spaces it tends to reset itself from time to time. Windows sometimes seem to get stuck in between Spaces. Also my Trash will show that it's full even though I trash anything. Also I've noticed a few monitor glitches here and there. I'm not the only one with these same problems. I'm considering calling Apple on this one...
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    That sounds like typical operating system quirks. Especially that trash one.
  3. petermcphee macrumors 6502a


    Aug 20, 2008
    Are you past the 14 day return window? If not, I would consider visiting the apple store you purchased from to ask them about an exchange.
  4. mashmosher macrumors newbie


    Mar 17, 2009
    I may as well post my problems with the new MacMini -- I'm on my 2nd (I replaced the first after my external FW drive, which I boot from, kept randomly disconnecting, and even one of the USB ports was faulty enough for my keyboard to occasionally stop communicating. The second new Mini hasn't randomly disconnected yet but I've been VERY careful when inserting or unplugging the FW cable.)

    I actually purchased the previous MacMini about a week before the product upgrade, so I have a good perspective on the difference between the old and new. I've booted externally from the same HD on all 3 Minis, a very solid external HDD, and can attest that the FW400 port on the older Mini was MUCH more solid than the new FW800 port.

    I know that FW800 has a somewhat less solid plug and port design than FW400 or USB but still, compared to my external HDDs the FW800 port on the new Mini is noticeably looser.

    With the previous gen Mini, I had no problem setting my external as the permanent boot drive (in system preferences) and always booted up from it. With both new Minis, I wasn't able to do this -- half the time the external is not recognized and the Mini won't boot up until I turn it off, unplug the external, boot on the internal, plug the external back in, re-set system preferences and restart from the external. As you can imagine this is a tedious way to start up your computer every morning!!! I've tried just leaving the internal as the default boot drive and start up pressing the option key, so as to select the external, but half the time the external does not appear. Even worse, it won't let me boot up from the internal even though it does appear after an option-key-startup and I click on the arrow pointing at it. (this might be an OSX bug, i.e. no starting up with the option key if you only have one drive to choose from.) I suspect this is related to the FW port because it doesn't happen if the same external is plugged into a USB port; however, USB is so much slower and doesn't let me daisy chain a second FW HD for time machine, so just using USB isn't an option.

    Apple told me to just exchange the Mini but the same problem has occurred with the second one.

    I wonder if this is because of Apple using a cheaper FW chip or module in this Mini, compared to the previous gen. The super long FW thread on the rumors forum includes speculation that Apple has downgraded the FW chips in all the new models except the Pro. I haven't seen this confirmed yet, however.

    Another difference I've noticed between the new Minis and the previous gen is that with the new ones, I don't hear the startup chime on my external speakers anymore, only on the internal speaker. Also, there is often a lag between adjusting the volume on the keyboard and the volume reacting, plus there are a lot of speaker hiccups and delays that occur before email alerts or other beeps. (I'm going to see if repair permissions does anything about this.)

    Given how crucial the FW port is to me in any case (what with various FW externals and peripherals), I certainly hope that if this is a general problem, they will recall and beef up the FW on this model. Otherwise it seems pointless replacing it every 14 days only to get the same problems. If it's a just a bad batch, it's probably all my local Apple Store has in stock...
  5. jmpage2 macrumors 68040


    Sep 14, 2007
    The only issues I've really noticed with mine.

    1. occasional speaker pops.

    2. occasionally refuses to sleep on its own.
  6. Keleko macrumors 68000

    Mar 26, 2008
    Refusing to sleep is very likely related to what you may have running at the time. Any web page making sound, for example, is probably going to prevent it from going to sleep. I've heard that an open email program that is actively checking for email may prevent it from doing so, too.
  7. mpshay macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2008
    So far no problems. I ordered mine the day they were announced and received it a few days later. It's run 24x7 since then. I have a 2nd gen drobo connected to the FW port (not a boot drive) and have not had a single problem. I have it serving media so I don't sleep it.

    Basically just running plex & iTunes but it does a great job handling Bluray rips!
  8. pizz thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2007
  9. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    Anytime you have problems with settings, do a PRAM reset or find the corresponding plist file, delete it and restart. Settings should now be saved.

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