So, I’m having some trouble – and I’m hoping you guys, who are infinitely smarter than me – can give me an idea of just what the heck is going on.
My Mac has been giving me trouble for a while now. First the problem was with recording audio through a USB Mic. My first thought was that there was a problem with mic that I had – but I have since begun testing out a new usb mic from a different company (and a significantly better product) and it is having the same random audio problems. Sometimes in the middle of a recording the audio will suddenly sound like someone is crumpling aluminum foil as I speak, causing a very static filled sound.
The system also seems to run pretty slow. Sometimes lagging when only Safari and Mail are open – other times running smoothly with Photoshop and Illustrator running at the same time. I bought this unit last Feb. It’s a 2.16 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo with 2 Gbs of 667 Mhz DDR2 SDRAM.
Now, this weekend I made the mistake of trying to import some video onto the hard drive, and it ended up getting a lot fuller than I expected – leaving me only 2 gbs of free space. I moved that over to an external drive, and now the system has roughly 35 gbs free. Yesterday afternoon the system gave me the “black curtain of death” so I ran the Disk Utility and Verified the Disk, Repaired the Disk, and the Permissions. About 6 hours later that night the system completely froze up as I was writing a post for the blog, and stayed frozen until I rebooted it.
I am concerned about these ongoing problems – and I am beginning to think my hard drive may be screwed. I would really like your feedback on this situation. Is there anything else I can try to fix it? Could it be a problem other than the hard drive, and if so – what?