Lion Video Freeze Happening Again with New Mac mini

I recently replaced my iMac with a new Mac mini, and I had forgotten how annoying the video freeze problems under Lion had been. Today, trying to view a Flash video on a news site, I had a freeze, exactly like what I had with the iMac and Mac OS X 10.7. The Lion updates had resolved the issue with the iMac, but the errors I see with the Mac mini are exactly the same type. Console logs show the following:

11/20/11 1:34:40.000 PM kernel: ** GPU Debug Info Start **
11/20/11 1:34:40.000 PM kernel: 0x00006741
11/20/11 1:34:40.000 PM kernel: 0x0000008f
11/20/11 1:34:40.000 PM kernel: 0x00000001
11/20/11 1:34:40.000 PM kernel: 0x00000018
11/20/11 1:34:40.000 PM kernel: 0x0000a880
11/20/11 1:34:40.000 PM kernel: 0x00000001
11/20/11 1:34:40.000 PM kernel: 0x00000001
11/20/11 1:34:40.000 PM kernel: 0x00006741
[etc.]

(It’s worth noting that the above messages are almost exactly the same as what I saw on the iMac.)

OK, this is enough. I’m starting to get very frustrated, not only because of this problem, but also because of Apple’s letting me down regarding another problem with the iMac. I’ve very seriously considering doing as some of my friends and colleagues have done and downgrading to Snow Leopard…

Update: It turns out that there is something wrong with the video card – since I get the GPU debug logs in Console, as well as the occasional video artefact – but also, perhaps, a problem with the SSD. Apple is exchanging the Mac mini for a new one, and I should have the replacement in a week. In the mean time, it freezes several times a day…

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5 replies
  1. Kirk says:

    I’ve been to the App Store several times to install Lion only to get cold feet because of these types of experiences. I’m running a now somewhat dated MacBook Pro (2.2 Core 2 Duo) but it works perfectly running 10.6.8. If I need to start spending inordinate amounts of time with my computer just to keep functional, isn’t that defeating the point of using a Mac to begin with?

    I sincerely hope this is not a harbinger of things to come, that Apple is not taking their eye off of the Mac ball. This is the first time I haven’t moved up to a new OS X release, and I have no plans to do so. Perhaps Lion is the new Vista.

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  2. Chucky says:

    “I’ve very seriously considering doing as some of my friends and colleagues have done and downgrading to Snow Leopard…”

    I believe you have a typo here, Kirk.

    You don’t downgrade from Lion to Snow Leopard. You upgrade.

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  3. Keith Jefferies says:

    Stop whinging, ask Parallels or VM to do a version that allows Lion & Snow Leopard duel boot (maybe some of you would like Tiger too!)…..

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  4. Matt Neuburg says:

    Kirk, which mini did you get? The console log mention of the GPU makes me wonder whether you got the Radeon Graphics version. It is the high-end graphics card that seems to be the cause of these freezes on other models…

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