Apple Juice or Lemonade?
October 22, 2011 12:17 AM Subscribe
My 5 month old (last gen with the Core2 processor) Mac Mini is being cranky. Did I just get a lemon?
posted by kathrynm to Computers & Internet (16 answers total)
This particular mini is running Snow Leopard Server (ain't gonna shell out for a server license just to get the client one to upgrade to Lion). It has 4 gigs of RAM and 2 500 GB hard drives, one completely empty.
Problem 1 - It randomly won't wake up from sleep and I have to hard restart to get it back.
Problem 2 (which may not be one, as this is my first Mac) - It takes forever to boot and shut down. I'm talking in the 1.5-2 minute range.
Problem 3 - It will beach ball when opening random programs. I'm old school. I quit (file - quit) every program when I'm done with it. With the amount of RAM I don't understand why opening anything will cause it to beach ball. It sometimes does the beach ball thing while I'm working on a document (less than 10 pages, usually tests with a few images LibreOffice, FWIW).
Problem 4 - This is the biggest one for me. My USB ports simply stop working. I have my printer directly in a USB port. I also have my speakers (for power) in another one. I then have a unpowered hub with my camera cord, ipod cord and cell phone charger. I have two external drives (that have their own power supply) in the hub. None of these power drawers have been in use when the USB ports go awol. I went to use my scanner today and Image Capture helpfully told me there was no printer attached. Power cycling the printer doesn't work. I have to reboot the computer to get my USB ports back.
So Hive Mind. Did I get a Lemon instead of an Apple? Should I demand my money back. Get a new Mini? Complication. I'm in S. Korea. I bought it here. There is an authorized Apple retailer here, but no Apple Store. And I don't think these folks deal with repairs. On reading previous questions I'm wondering if it isn't a logic board problem
Everything is backed up, so the loss of the computer isn't a big deal. I have a Linux box that I was using for day to day use, but it died (HD died). Since buying the Mac, I've resurrected the Linux box using the HDs from my media center (also running Linux).