Mac Mini 2009 constantly crashes

Hi everyone,

I have been trying to fix my Mac Mini 2009 problem. For the past few days, it has been constantly hanging to the point that I can’t use it at all. I’ve been trying to figure out if it’s a hardware problem or the OS is just crashing. Here’s what I tried to do:

  • Boot with all USB devices disconnected except keyboard and mouse (bluetooth is long dead like DVD-ROM) – it still crashes and requires a hard reset.
  • Boot into Safe Mode: No luck, it crashes there too and requires a hard reset.
  • Reset PRAM and SMC – a little luck! I was able to open Disk Utility and scan my drive, no errors reported. After that, the computer freezes and I have to do a forced restart.
  • This morning I managed to open the Activity Monitor before it stopped responding and “suggestd” seems to be hogging a lot of CPU cycles. The attached photo (with beach ball) was taken 30 minutes after attempting to interrupt the process. 90 minutes later, that’s still the case.

I’m thinking my next step is to try booting a USB drive (I have a stock installation of Mac OSX on my Mac Pro that I can boot into an external case). If it works, I guess it’s an OS issue and I’ll buy a new SSD (my Time Machine drive also died a while ago and I haven’t had a chance to get a replacement) to do a clean install while copying to my files media (the Mac Mini is only used as an iTunes server for streaming video to our Apple TV).

Is there anything I can do to check if it is a hardware problem such as bad RAM?

Anything else I could lose?

Thanks in advance!

Via: forums.macrumors.com

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