Mac mini server heat issues


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I ran Plex Server on my old Macbook Pro with no issues, and it was older with less memory.

Not sure why I am having this issue. I found this thread which establishes some precedence to the problem. If anyone has an idea why this is happening, I would appreciate the feedback.

At very least, I wanted to put this out there in case anyone else experiences the problem. Same here when updating library: very high CPU usage, high energy drain. Otherwise no problem. Never ran it before, so I cannot compare. Anyone experience Plex Server heating up Macbook Pro? Plex Media Server.

Mac Mini (and alternatives)

It only takes a minute to sign up. I used to have a iMac earlier, and to my surprise the Mini seems to be much, much slower. Notice the following observations:.

macOS Basic Home Server Configuration (Mac mini Server)

The guy who sold me the thing said he already reinstalled it, but he may not have done a full format first. Before I go through the trouble of formatting and reinstalling, does anyone have experiences and tips to share of similar situations? Notice that VLC is set to use hardware acceleration and QuickTime runs accelerated by default as far as I know, so the problem is probably not related to this.

The Core i5 processor will throttle it's speed if it gets over what Intel refers to as the 'TJ Max' which is somewhere around 90C.

HATE: The pricing to upgrade the Mac Mini borders on absurd.

If your software is telling you that you're hitting C, then you've obviously got a cooling issue. Unless you suspect the previous owner tried replacing the CPU or heatsink unlikely , it might just be that the vents are clogged or the fan is clogged or not working. Fortunately, this should be easy to get to the fan as per the iFixit guide here. Before buying a new fan, you could try seeing if the fan spins easily with your finger and keeps rotating for a short moment. What you need to do is clean out the dust perhaps with some tweezers and see if you can make it spin with more ease again.

Further that, if you are comfortable enough with somewhat disassembling the fan and could get some oil into the fan's bearing, that might make it as good as new.

Why is my Mac overheating?

Typical good oil for this is along the lines of "sewing machine oil" or perhaps if you have a RC Car shop nearby, they have nice oils with needle applicators that works great. Reinstall fan and things should be good. As far as the performance degredations you're seeing and the higher CPU usage, that is certainly inline with the throttled i5 speed; if the chip is running slower, it isn't getting tasks done as fast which means these tasks are taking more of the CPU time if you look at it as a measurement of time, not capacity.

My Mac mini Mid was overheating and rebooting even after cleaning and switching off Spotlight.

mac mini server heat issues

The culprit simply turned out to be a loose fan cable. The CPU got to over a hundred degrees and throttled performance by design to avoid hardware damage. Fastening the fan cable enabled the fan and got the machine back to normal. Hope this will help others experiencing similar problems. Sign up to join this community.

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Viewed 3k times. Notice the following observations: Playing mp4 movies in both QuickTime, VLC and in webpages in Safari works fine for some time, but after a while starts lagging. The machine gets extremely hot, at most CPU temperature degrees according to my temperature utility. The iMac and previous Minis never got anywhere near as hot. Indicated CPU usage in Activity Monitor seems to increase proportionately with CPU temperature and how long the machine has been on , but this is somewhat unsure.