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4 April 2012 - 3:16pm

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I have the chance to get my hands on a Mac Mini circa 2009 for a trade. It is 2.0Ghz with 2 gigs of RAM up gradable to 4 gigs.

Does anyone have any experience with a Mac Mini? I had an iBook G4 back in the day and loved it, but am wondering if anyone has any opinions on the Mini.

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6 April 2012 - 6:40am
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I got one for my parents a few years ago after getting sick of having to go over and fix the virus and trojan infested windows machine every few months. I remember my dad asking where the computer was when I set it up because he thought the little box was just the CD drive. They liked it so much they bought a newer model recently.

They are a surprisingly good little computer. You can expect it to perform to a similarly specced notebook as they use mobile parts to get everything into the tiny box. It might not have heaps of grunt if you want to do complex stuff on it like video editing or heavy duty photoshopping, but for general use like web surfing, youtubing, word processing etc they are great.

Is it a dual core one? If so it should still be pretty good - make sure you bump up the ram to 4g as it is cheap as chips these days. Just don't buy the ram from Apple because they charge a lot.

Actually I just realised I have 8g (4 x 2g) of ram sitting on my desk right now that should work if you want me to send it to you? Its the exact same stuff as I took it out of my iMac (also 2009) a few weeks ago when I upgraded it to 16g. And its worth so little I can't be bothered selling it.

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6 April 2012 - 4:12pm
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That would be awesome man. The Mini is a dual core 2.3Ghz (I was wrong in my previous post). The guy changed his barter and instead is asking $350 for the computer. I actually may take him up on it as it seems to be a great deal.

I have gone through two Windows computers here in the past year, as one had the processor burn up and the other is sitting actually hooked up to an external monitor upside down as it has also about had it.

I definitely think a Mini would better handle that workload than this POS (posted below for proof, Tongue )

I'd love that RAM though, PM me and I will give you my details! Thanks

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6 April 2012 - 4:14pm
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Here's the rotten little bastard that is the bane of my existence right now, lol.

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9 April 2012 - 7:08am
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Is it still a 2009 model? The reason I ask is that if its a newer one the RAM may be no good as the later models all use some kind of faster memory.

Here's a list of the different models. If its either of those 2.26ghz 2009 ones then the RAM will work fine.
http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_mini/index-macmini.html

I love that upside down laptop. Classic!

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9 April 2012 - 3:24pm
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It was the 2.26 Ghz, but unfortunately the joker sold it over the weekend...

Bah, I'm pissed! I wanted that computer, lol.

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9 April 2012 - 7:17pm
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I ended up taking a plunge with a G5 Power Mac. I figured that for what I do, that probably will serve me decently.

Full Specs are: 2x2.5Ghz processors
4 Gigs RAM
160 GB HD (I have an external I can use too)
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2 Firewire 400 Ports
1 Firewire 800 Port
3 USB Ports
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I paid $225 for it... Did I get a good deal?

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9 April 2012 - 8:37pm
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I typed that wrong: 2.5 ghz dual processor (1.25x2)

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10 April 2012 - 1:10am
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Let me know how it goes, 'Slim. Pros and cons, etc. You have piqued my interest, possibly for future changes.

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10 April 2012 - 2:46pm
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I will let you know. Apparently it can't do ALL of the stuff that new Intel Macs do, but for web browsing, basic photo editing, and stuff it should be good.

Ed is a Mac master, and I hope he can shed some insight into what I've gotten my hands on!

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My middle son has a Mac, and he uses it for many of his creative endeavors, doing websites, making artwork and creating beats and mixing music. He has a thing where he can put the computer screen onto the TV, too. Really cool Spoiled kids, lol! Smile

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I got my Mac in the mail yesterday. It is a BEAST. Weighs 45ish pounds and really hums along.

Overall I am pretty impressed. I am still working the kinks out in trying to find all of the software I need, but for an almost eight year old computer it hangs in there pretty dang well!

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I got my Mac in the mail yesterday. It is a BEAST. Weighs 45ish pounds and really hums along.

Overall I am pretty impressed. I am still working the kinks out in trying to find all of the software I need, but for an almost eight year old computer it hangs in there pretty dang well!

I am surprised by the weight. It IS a mini, right?

Anyway, have fun with your new toy?

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Yes the power macs are getting pretty old now. You won't be able to run the latest version of OS X but like you said it should do you nicely for a bit of document editing and web browsing. The mini would have been far more powerful though - its amazing what a difference a few years makes in both power what they can squeeze into such a small package.

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15 April 2012 - 1:39am
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Maybe with a couple of big wins I will be able to swing the Mini or iMac, but as you said, she does what I need her to for right now.

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16 April 2012 - 2:06am
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I ended up taking a plunge with a G5 Power Mac. I figured that for what I do, that probably will serve me decently.

Full Specs are: 2x2.5Ghz processors
4 Gigs RAM
160 GB HD (I have an external I can use too)
NIC/Sound/Modem
2 Firewire 400 Ports
1 Firewire 800 Port
3 USB Ports
DVDRW Drive

I paid $225 for it... Did I get a good deal?

What is the difference between this and the mini? I thought you had bought the mini. And how much are the minis compared to the regular Mac? You truly have me interested in this, and I am going to have to do some research, lol.

Didn't I read somewhere the other day that Macs are now being targeted for viruses or someone succeeded? Something like that. I only heard something in passing. I know Macs were well liked, because supposedly virus proof, right (one reason, anyway).

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I ended up getting an old school Mac (circa 2004-05) with what is technically an old workstation. That is where the beefy specs and weight come from. For me it does a lot of good for graphic design, word processing, and web browsing, which is what my old expertise runs in for work.

A Mac mini is a tiny computer from Apple and generally runs cheaper than the other computers that they offer. The thing you have to remember though is that they do not include a keyboard, mouse, or monitor; but in all fairness you can use a USB mouse and keyboard ($20+) and any old monitor (if you buy a cheap adapter).

As Ed pointed out, the Mac mini was probably much more powerful in terms of what it can pull off. For instance, an Intel chipped Mac Mini can run Windows and all of the latest operating system updates. Mine can't do that, and finding some of the software to run on it is a bit of a challenge, but it is doable.

I am overall very happy with PowerMac. For all of the outdated quirks it has with it, the computer is still VERY functional. I am planning to push it up to 8 gigs of RAM. I put a wireless network card into it as well as a USB hub to expand the ports. It is running quickly, and everything is good (so far).

As far as viruses: ANY computer is susceptible to viruses, it is just that someone has to take the time to program them,. and a lot of hackers normally don't take the time to code a virus for Macs as there aren't as many people using them. This has been my understanding of the issue anyway. Apple is also really good about updating their software, and they are really easy to get.

If you have any other questions, ask me or Ed. I don't know all that much about computers, but I do know what I like and can help if you have a basic question.

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Thank you so much, 'Slim! I appreciate your thorough response. I know my middle son enjoys his Mac, and his GF has always owned them. They were able to get a brand new one, with a huge screen, when she enrolled in college. Smile

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BAH! I did a software update today and my Power Mac is shot!

I tried rebooting it and it goes to a blank blue screen. I can't even get it to boot into safe mode!

Good thing I got a 7 day warranty on it. This is my last day to contact the guy to get the money back. I really need a new computer, as I am now back to my upside down laptop.

RAHH, I am mad! What a bad week for me!

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Look on the bright side ... it could have broken tomorrow and then you would have been completely screwed and out of pocket.

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BAH! I did a software update today and my Power Mac is shot!

I tried rebooting it and it goes to a blank blue screen. I can't even get it to boot into safe mode!

Good thing I got a 7 day warranty on it. This is my last day to contact the guy to get the money back. I really need a new computer, as I am now back to my upside down laptop.

RAHH, I am mad! What a bad week for me!

Sorry to hear this. At least it is your last day and not the day AFTER, which certainly could have happened. Let us know how it all turns out. Maybe you will win BIG with Black Jack, and you can purchase whatever you want: brand new! Smile

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23 April 2012 - 4:33pm
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I'm expecting a new hard drive today and will let everyone know how it turns out. Overall I am not optimistic and if I can't get it to work I will take my refund and probably either get an iMac or build something.

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