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Old Jun 8th, 2005, 10:41 PM   #1
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Ready to buy Mac Mini 1.4/80G/1GB ram/superdrive

Sort of upgrading from my G4 466 tower (actually trading in the G4 466 as part of a deal, it's cheaper to buy mini but I still think it as an upgrade) for the superdrive mini. Originally intended to just buy Tiger but my "old" machine needs an upgrade to make good use of Tiger. Would like G5 iMac 17" and above but right now I'm thinking economics and a need to get Tiger (I only have OSX 10.2.6 and no upgrades on my old machine).
I think this is the best solution and allows to save up for a new machine (macintel?????) in a few years. I will do some Creative Suite stuff and minor gaming but I really do the heavy graphics stuff at work.
Also does anyone have this mini set-up and what do you think of it?
Thanks yah all!
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Sort of upgrading from my G4 466 tower (actually trading in the G4 466 as part of a deal, it's cheaper to buy mini but I still think it as an upgrade) for the superdrive mini. Originally intended to just buy Tiger but my "old" machine needs an upgrade to make good use of Tiger. Would like G5 iMac 17" and above but right now I'm thinking economics and a need to get Tiger (I only have OSX 10.2.6 and no upgrades on my old machine).
I think this is the best solution and allows to save up for a new machine (macintel?????) in a few years. I will do some Creative Suite stuff and minor gaming but I really do the heavy graphics stuff at work.
Also does anyone have this mini set-up and what do you think of it?
Thanks yah all!
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This is what i was thinking of doing as well. I was going to drop some cash on a new iMac, but i have a feeling that the first macintel is gonna be a smoking fast Pentium M powerbook or ibook. The mini will suit my needs fine for a year or so, while i can save up for a more serious macintel machine. I'm on a cube now, so anything is an improvement!
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Old Jun 8th, 2005, 11:10 PM   #3
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I think so myself. I have given up on getting towers for sure. Never do update the towers since newer and more powerful computers are getting cheaper. It seems better to get these all in one units minis, eMac or iMacs and replace them a few years later. Now of course that doesn't apply to the guys who are really into the video, animation etc. scene, the towers then makes sense.
I think with my G4 trade in I am paying $830, tax not included.
This also allows me to get a decent sea-kayak also, but that's another forum.
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Old Jun 9th, 2005, 12:24 AM   #4
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I've been looking into buying the same setup to replace my beloved G4 533. Even though I could afford a low end tower I'd rather wait for an macintel. I know a Mini would serve me just fine for my needs. My problem is that I'm not the type to replace my computer evert two years, hence my G4. What to do, what to do?
Anyways, I've read that a lot of Mini owners complained about not enough ram out of the box and that Apple is aware of this concern. Do you think that they will bump up the ram and adjust pricing as well in a month or two? I'm willing to hold out a bit.
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Old Jun 9th, 2005, 12:31 AM   #5
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Maxing the Ram

Anyways, I've read that a lot of Mini owners complained about not enough ram out of the box and that Apple is aware of this concern. Do you think that they will bump up the ram and adjust pricing as well in a month or two? I'm willing to hold out a bit.[/QUOTE]
If I do decide to get the mini, I will have it maxed at 1 GB, the norm it seems when buying from MacDoc. Your right! From what I had read, 250 MB, the norm in most mini packages is not enough for a efficient run because of the smaller 2.5"(?) drive. According to what I have read from this and other forums 500 MB was recommended and effective.
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This is what i was thinking of doing as well. I was going to drop some cash on a new iMac, but i have a feeling that the first macintel is gonna be a smoking fast Pentium M powerbook or ibook. The mini will suit my needs fine for a year or so, while i can save up for a more serious macintel machine. I'm on a cube now, so anything is an improvement!

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Old Jun 9th, 2005, 12:43 AM   #7
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i may be interested in selling my mini.
its not your average mini,

specs below
-1gb pc3200
-60GB 7200RPM HD
-G4 1.5 Ghz
and all basice features, combo drive, no blue tooth or airport.

if interested pm me or email me @ [email protected]

make me an offer
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Old Jun 9th, 2005, 12:47 AM   #8
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I have the 1.25GHz Mac Mini, 80GB drive and Superdrive. I have 512MB in it. The only weak spot is the slow drive. I put several folders (and even my hard drive's icon) in the Dock. When first clicking on it, it can take MORE THAN A FEW SECONDS for the folder's content to pop up. Even subsequent use of a Docked folder during the same boot session is a bit slower than I'd like (though faster than the original click-hold). Even doing the control-click (or right-click) on a docked item which provides the fastest response it's still noticeably slower than my upgraded Powermac.

The awesome workaround? Use Spotlight. Man, it is unbelievably quick. Very wonderful, and is changing the way I use my Mac. AND, it works around that slow drive in the Mini.

Gaming has been much better than I anticipated on the Mini. Quite acceptable. I have it connected to my 217" TV, and my son really digs it. Great for watching DVDs, too (gotta find a DVI switcher).

The new H.264 codec is a bloody PIG! Very slow rendering out of iMovie I've not had time to really experiment with it on my dual 1.3GHz Sawtooth, but it is REALLY slow compared to exporting Mpeg4.

All in all, I'm very happy with the Mini, and Tiger makes it even BETTER.
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I've got a 1.42Ghz Macmini w/ 1GB of RAM, Airport/BlueTooth/SuperDrive running Tiger.

Obviously, some eyecandy is turned down a bit, but if you want a device to run Office, Quicken, a bit of PhotoShop, email and browsing, it fits the bill. I'd just avoid the machine if you have any graphics intensive applications and/or video/audio projects.
RAM upgrade is easy.

Two issues:
Hardware wise: The DVI implementation doesn't work correctly with every DVI-D monitor.
Software wise: Quicktime 7.01 sets the audio to output at 96khz instead of 44.1khz. Remember to set it back in control panel if you wish to play any audio on an MPEG movie.

I simply like the cleanliness of the machine, and the quietness wins me over.

I've also heard rumors of a good revision becoming available over the summer however, offering better onboard video. It might just be worthwhile to hold out till the end of September.
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