[OT] Looking For OS X Troubleshooting Suggestions

stephen barncard stephenREVOLUTION2 at barncard.com
Thu Sep 13 05:09:54 EDT 2012

Drives seem to fail more slowly these days when they do  - they use to
'just go' but now with big buffers and error correction, the drives just
try to jam the data over and over until they get it without errors  - or
eventually not.

However most of the drives of today seem really reliable - more so than
even 4 years ago.

On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 1:58 AM, Mike Bonner <bonnmike at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'll second the heat check.  If your mini is like mine it doesn't take much
> to push it up into the area of cpu throttling. This is a 2011 model and
> currently I have it on a laptop cooler with the bottom of the case nudged
> open.  Made a huge difference. Also installed fanspeed and adjusted
> parameters so that  the fan ramps up earlier and harder.
> Also, you mentioned using activity monitor to check cpu usage, have you
> checked ram usage? Large amounts of swapping can cause beach ball behavior.
> Look to see how may page ins have occurred as well as which processes are
> eating the most mem. THough if no page-ins have occurred, swapping isn't
> the problem. (page outs don't matter, that just indicates things being
> shoved into memory)
> Finally, yep, could be a drive flaking out. Which would be even more
> obvious when combined with page-ins.
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Stephen Barncard
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