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Old Apr 6th, 2005, 01:20 PM   #1
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Questions about Mac Mini

Greeting,

I'm questionning myself about the mac Mini:

1) Does Tiger will be supported on the Mac Mini?
2) Do we really need 512MB of RAM?
3) Does the 1.25 => 1.42 processor upgrade is necessary?
4) Does the Mac OS X version of Mac Mini is "light"?

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Old Apr 6th, 2005, 01:24 PM   #2
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1) Does Tiger will be supported on the Mac Mini?
2) Do we really need 512MB of RAM?
3) Does the 1.25 => 1.42 processor upgrade is necessary?
4) Does the Mac OS X version of Mac Mini is "light"?
1) Apple hasn't announced it yet but most likely.
2) You can never have too much RAM.
3) Depends on what you are using the computer for but, with lots of RAM, probably not.
4) No - it's the full version.

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Old Apr 6th, 2005, 01:31 PM   #3
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I just got mine last night. As a basic DVD/music player the 256MB of RAM is ok but if you are big into digital photography and movie editing 512MB should be the minimum and 1GB is not overkill by any means. OSX really gets comfortable with about 2GB of RAM.

I will be installing Tiger tonight on my mini, I will let you know how it turns out. I dont expect any problems as earlier Tiger builds ran great on my iMac g4 700MHz with 256MB of RAM.
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Old Apr 6th, 2005, 01:37 PM   #4
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Great! It's a second computer. I already got a PC to play with (P4 3.2, Radeon 9800 Pro, 1GB of RAM) so it's mostly a "bullet-proof" work/school station.

I will be using Quicken 2005 and Office 2004 mostly on it.

I already got a good DVD burner on my PC, so probably no need of burning DVDs.

So what are you suggesting?
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Old Apr 6th, 2005, 01:37 PM   #5
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I was planning getting the 629$ version at 599$ (Educationnal promotion) + 40$ coupon that I got via email, which is 560$. Nice price.

How's the mice?
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[QUOTE=quikHow's the mice?[/QUOTE]

The mini doesn't come with a mouse.
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Old Apr 6th, 2005, 01:58 PM   #7
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I know I'm wondering how the one-button mouse is, and if you're suggesting buying any other USB mouse (2 buttons + scroll).
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From comparisions that I've read online, the 1.42 GHz G4 is actually noticeably quicker than the 1.25 GHz G4 model; my own 1.42 GHz Mac mini is just a speedy little devil.

As per RAM, even for the simplest of things, 256 MB of RAM will make your Mac feel pokey slow - seriously. It's absolutely no fun. I have a full gig of RAM in my own and things are just hunky 'dory.

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1) Apple hasn't announced it yet but most likely.
No, not 'most likely' -- guaranteed.
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I know I'm wondering how the one-button mouse is, and if you're suggesting buying any other USB mouse (2 buttons + scroll).
Go with what you are most familiar with. Personally, I can't live without my 5 button mouse but others prefer the one button or two button mice. It's a personal choice.
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Old Apr 6th, 2005, 04:38 PM   #10
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i have the 1.25 with 256 mb ram and i use it for chatting, music, browsing and downloading all at the same time

the speed is fine imo, but sometimes you get drive access/swapping

we'll see what happens when i install my 1 gb chip right now...
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