10 Replies Latest reply: Apr 18, 2012 4:00 AM by woodmeister50
Dawson865 Level 1 Level 1



I have searched around & found lots of people with issues playing video on the mini, but nothing exactly the same as my problem. I have a new mac mini with lion - & flash installed. Latest Updates. That's all that is installed on it. I have it hooked up to my tv via hdmi.


All I want to do it watch tv via safari off the major sites (flash vieo), but on some site only it frezes the video or buffers baddly or just stops & hangs the video all thoghther. I try the same site & video on my iMac upstairs (further away from the router) & the video plays soothly & without problems!


Anyone have any idea what is going on? - Its driving me crazy!

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Hi Dawson,


    To help others that may havea Mini, which exact one is it? Does it have a real Video Card or Integtated Graphics?


    At the Apple Icon at top left>About this Mac.


    Then click on More Info>Hardware and report this upto but not including the Serial#...


    Hardware Overview:


    Model Name: iMac

    Model Identifier: iMac7,1

    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo

    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz

    Number Of Processors: 1

    Total Number Of Cores: 2

    L2 Cache: 4 MB

    Memory: 6 GB

    Bus Speed: 800 MHz

    Boot ROM Version: IM71.007A.B03

    SMC Version (system): 1.21f4



    Also, open Console in Utilities & see if any clues show when trying to play them.

  • Dawson865 Level 1 Level 1

    Hardware Overview:


      Model Name:          Mac mini

      Model Identifier:          Macmini5,1

      Processor Name:          Intel Core i5

      Processor Speed:          2.3 GHz

      Number of Processors:          1

      Total Number of Cores:          2

      L2 Cache (per Core):          256 KB

      L3 Cache:          3 MB

      Memory:          2 GB

      Boot ROM Version:          MM51.0077.B10

      SMC Version (system):          1.76f0


    I'm not sure if it has integrated video? I think so?


    So I had a look in the console & the only thing it reports is:


    PM Kernel: IOSurface: Buffer allocation size is zero


    No idea what that means.

  • Dawson865 Level 1 Level 1

    Ok Some further experimentation got this from the console (while the flash video hung "loading")



    16/04/12 2:47:29.617 PM [0x0-0x2f02f].com.apple.Safari: 2012-04-16 14:47:29.616 PluginProcess[405:1dd33] 405: CFNetwork internal error (0xc01a:241)

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10
  • Dawson865 Level 1 Level 1

    yep. I think thats the one. I'm using safari. Have tried chrome also, same thing.

  • woodmeister50 Level 5 Level 5
    Servers Enterprise

    You may want to bump your RAM from 2gig up to

    4 gig.  It may be that your system is memory starved.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Good point on the RAM, while 4 GB will be much better, I'd go to 8 GB or 16 GB.


    Open Activity Monitor, Show:>All Processes, sort on CPU%, see if anything using too much CPU% when this happens, click on Memory tab, do you have many Pageouts?


    If there are many Pageouts RAM increase will for certain help.

  • Dawson865 Level 1 Level 1

    Nothing else is running: when playing a flash video cpu is about 25%. (Flash Plug-in)


    I don't have that many pagouts (almost none) & have about 150-200MB RAM free at all times. Not sure if this is enough? Can't really afford to buy ram if thats not going to fix it.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Well, if you/re not getting Pageouts, more RAM isn't likely to help.


    What do you get if you run GeekBench?



  • woodmeister50 Level 5 Level 5
    Servers Enterprise

    Something I forgot to ask, do you have hardware acceleration

    enabled in Flash?  Right click in the Flash window when a video

    is playing, select settings, and make sure the panel with the

    hardware acceleration check box is checked.


    Depending on how the owner of a sight encoded the video,

    it could play well without accelleration or play like crap

    without accelleration.  Which is why some sites play and

    others don't.