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Re: Mac Mini 2018 - system overload issues in Logic

PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:08 pm
by Dryjoy
Unfortunately, a new 1080p monitor has not resolved the problem. I really feel I’ve exhausted all avenues now, so I have a support call booked with Apple.

I’ll probably have to try all sorts of basic stuff that I’ve already been through before they grasp the issue, but oh well.

Re: Mac Mini 2018 - system overload issues in Logic

PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:34 pm
by MOF
Have you checked the RAM? Hold down the D key on power up and follow the diagnostic prompts.

Re: Mac Mini 2018 - system overload issues in Logic

PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:46 pm
by Dryjoy
MOF wrote:Have you checked the RAM? Hold down the D key on power up and follow the diagnostic prompts.

Thanks - any suggestion is worth a try. I’ll give it a go later.

Re: Mac Mini 2018 - system overload issues in Logic

PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2019 4:19 pm
by Dryjoy
I finally seem to have solved this issue - I hope I'm not speaking too soon, but it's passing all of the tests that previously would be guaranteed to reproduce the issue.

It seems that the hard drive enclosure I chose to go with the Mac Mini doesn't deal well with audio work. I'm not sure how I missed this before, as I thought I had tried running some projects from the internal SSD, however I spoke to an Apple 'genius' on the phone, who urged me to investigate the hard drive situation more.

My lovely wife has gifted me with another USB 3 enclosure for my audio drive (there have been so many financial indulgences this year - e.g. Hammond and Leslie, Mac Mini etc - that even a £20 enclosure could only be justified as a gift), and everything seems fine now. The previous one still has another three HDs in it for storage, time machine etc. Every now and again it does this sort of 'burp' where the lights go off and the fan powers down momentarily, almost as though unmounting the drives (though they don't unmount), and it seems that these burps coincided with the overloads on core 1. Somehow I'd missed this phenomenon.

It's a real relief to have finally got to the bottom of this (7 months after purchasing the Mac) and I am at last starting to bond with this Mac Mini. I so wanted to love it, but I couldn't. I've still not quite got used to the large number of cables and adapters hanging off it everywhere (I was used to my Mac Pro tower), but it seems to be a very capable machine.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this thread. I hope it can help someone else in future.

Re: Mac Mini 2018 - system overload issues in Logic

PostPosted: Thu Dec 26, 2019 8:06 pm
by desmond
Glad you found the culprit, and that does sound bad, but at least you'll be back to having a stable system now, and thanks for updating the thread with the cause... :thumbup:

Re: Mac Mini 2018 - system overload issues in Logic

PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2019 10:24 am
by oldbetsey
If you don't mind me asking, which new enclosure did you buy?

Cheers and happy New Year!

R.


Dryjoy wrote:I finally seem to have solved this issue - I hope I'm not speaking too soon, but it's passing all of the tests that previously would be guaranteed to reproduce the issue.

It seems that the hard drive enclosure I chose to go with the Mac Mini doesn't deal well with audio work. I'm not sure how I missed this before, as I thought I had tried running some projects from the internal SSD, however I spoke to an Apple 'genius' on the phone, who urged me to investigate the hard drive situation more.

My lovely wife has gifted me with another USB 3 enclosure for my audio drive (there have been so many financial indulgences this year - e.g. Hammond and Leslie, Mac Mini etc - that even a £20 enclosure could only be justified as a gift), and everything seems fine now. The previous one still has another three HDs in it for storage, time machine etc. Every now and again it does this sort of 'burp' where the lights go off and the fan powers down momentarily, almost as though unmounting the drives (though they don't unmount), and it seems that these burps coincided with the overloads on core 1. Somehow I'd missed this phenomenon.

It's a real relief to have finally got to the bottom of this (7 months after purchasing the Mac) and I am at last starting to bond with this Mac Mini. I so wanted to love it, but I couldn't. I've still not quite got used to the large number of cables and adapters hanging off it everywhere (I was used to my Mac Pro tower), but it seems to be a very capable machine.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this thread. I hope it can help someone else in future.

Re: Mac Mini 2018 - system overload issues in Logic

PostPosted: Fri Dec 27, 2019 1:14 pm
by Dryjoy
oldbetsey wrote:If you don't mind me asking, which new enclosure did you buy?

Cheers and happy New Year!

R.


Happy new year to you too!

It was one of these, pretty basic but seems to be doing the job very well.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07CNH73YJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Re: Mac Mini 2018 - system overload issues in Logic

PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2019 6:16 pm
by oldbetsey
Excellent. Thank you! Need to get a couple caddies and it's just nice to try and start with one that at least you know someone somewhere is having a bit of luck with. So many of these things are system specific that there's no guarantee but it's a start, right?

Cheers!

R.

Dryjoy wrote:
oldbetsey wrote:If you don't mind me asking, which new enclosure did you buy?

Cheers and happy New Year!

R.


Happy new year to you too!

It was one of these, pretty basic but seems to be doing the job very well.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07CNH73YJ/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Re: Mac Mini 2018 - system overload issues in Logic

PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:31 am
by aclark1102
Hello,

can you please share the enclosure you used? the previous link does not work.

i am having issues with CPU overload on my 2014 mac mini i7 500 gb pcie / 16 go ram, when running pro tools. The other day i was mixing a 13 track song totally dry and added one plug in on a a track and the computer had a cpu overload.

Not sure how it’s possible for a CPU overload?!?

please help!!!

Re: Mac Mini 2018 - system overload issues in Logic

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:23 am
by Dryjoy
aclark1102 wrote:Hello,

can you please share the enclosure you used? the previous link does not work.

i am having issues with CPU overload on my 2014 mac mini i7 500 gb pcie / 16 go ram, when running pro tools. The other day i was mixing a 13 track song totally dry and added one plug in on a a track and the computer had a cpu overload.

Not sure how it’s possible for a CPU overload?!?

please help!!!

It doesn’t seem to be available now. I was thinking of ordering another one myself.