It's designed as a teeny computer with a small footprint, to be cute. This is a cheap, elegant, easy solution for that. Nobody there is really concerned with upgradability, or expandability. That said, there are other markets too. I personally love the mini, and would buy one in an instant, but for the hideous Intel Extreme integrated graphics they're using now, sharing system RAM.
I'm going to wait for them to go back to a standalone graphics solution with dedicated RAM before I grab one. Quote: Possibly, they want to cripple their low-end computers so that people who want upgradabilty are forced to buy the so-called 'professional' computers?
I don't think they sell any really "crippled" computers.
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The specs of the Mini are really rather impressive, and hardly "crippled. Quote: Once you throw in a monitor, keyboard, mouse, sufficient RAM and a decent sized hard disk, the imac is better value I don't think you're going to see the cheap, expandable, upgradable mac in the future. Macs are never really going to be cheap as long as Steve Jobs is around, he's overengineered everything, gone overboard on styling, and turned macs into a status symbol.
I personally really like the concept of the Mini, going to wait another few revisions before buying one, and then use it in my living room as the hub of my entertainment centre. The Mini is an appealing product at the right price, but the performance? I played with several at the local Apple store, and they were total dogs. I could chew on my sandwich between Web page views. The staff blamed it on the in-store LAN, but even launching local applications was slow. A PC with these specs would be far faster. Friends who are Apple fanatics said the Mini is just for little old ladies Web browsing.
So, Mac experts, what's going on? Was my experience misleading, or is the Mini really a dog? The mini uses a laptop HD. Even with a faster processor, faster bus, more RAM, etc. I received my Mac Mini Core Duo 2 weeks ago. I ordered the Mac out of frustration with my Win XP PC, because it got infected by trojan that non of the major virus scanner or spyware killer can detect yet. Anyway, after trying to clean it in safe mode, one of my Sata disk disappear because of driver problem, and I couldn't get it mounted anymore.
I could recover the files using disk recovery tools, but Windows just won't recognize my G disk, and keep asking me if I want to format it as G. Anyway, I got to the point everytime I log in, I get blue screen of death. Enough of my frustration of PC, I don't think I need to go back to my PC anymore except to get the data out of my disks. I am so impressed with the packaging of the Mac mini. THe plastic wrap around the mini is so beautiful, like nothing I have ever seen for any type of electronic or computer devices.
The packaging for the engagement ring I bought for my fiance at Tiffany doesn't even come close to give me that feeling. I don't think it cost that much more to make the beautiful packaging, but it's the mentality that makes the different. It not necessary cheaper to hire a designer that produce low quality work, if you don't demand for higher quality. Anyway, the whole thing is just so beautiful. Then when I switched it on, I am again impressed. It's really emotional. And I really can't forgive myself for not owning another Mac in all these years.
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I can't forgive myself how much time I have allowed myself to be wasted because of Windows crashes, virus, etc. The Mac Mini is not underpowered at all. It is running a very stable unix kernel, with lots of possibilities to fine tune. But without even toughing the technical side of it, remember nowadays on any PC, you have to run a virus scanner, maybe a spyware killer and firewall software. Everytime you start a program, the virus scanner kicks in. Everytime you download a piece of mail, the virus scanner kicks in. No body do bench mark with virus scanner running. We don't usuallt get the full story from reports from magazine or web reviews.
Agree with aliko. And I too wasted countless hours with Microsoft junk software. I installed the latest Virtual PC with xp included to have the software and with a few tweaks can run Photoshop CS2 on it at least as reliably as it ran on a mghz PC and much faster which is interesting since I used a 10, rpm Barracuda? Further now I have a back up of the xp system with updates to date on a DVD drive so restoring won't take the usual two days updating xp and office etc all over again when xp crashes takes about 20 minutes.
Recently installed Ubuntu linux virtual machine as well just to check it out. So far a bit slow but it worked on the second install try.
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Without knowing the technical differences re PPC chips etc sad to see them go as I wonder about the move to PC 'quality' hardware. Will probably add a higher speed USB drive or firewire to the mini before I get another machine or intel mac.
If anyone would like to explain the chip difference between PPC and Intel glad to read it. Anyway doubt I would have had the success installing three operating systems on any intel PC I've seen or used since xp would have crashed before I ever got that far. It is too bad MAC doesn't use faster drives on their intro models though I use a cable modem and found no difference in web performance from previous PC set-ups which were also very fast.
Great pics of the take apart. Took apart the PPC mini while back to put a Gig chip in and was easy again compared to messing with a large box pc even though it seemed when I started it appeared 'delicate'. Worked fine. Wish I could get two gigs into that one slot though.
I'm having the weirdest problem after upgrading the ram in the mini. The computer boots up fine when the cover is off. I've reassembled it 4 time now and the same thing every time I've purchased an Intel Mini 1. Two questions:.
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Does performance suffer because I'm adding memory in pairs? It's preferable to have paired RAM in the Mac Mini and MacBook, because having a pair of identical modules allows the motherboard chipset to run in dual-channel mode. This is particularly useful for these particular models because the video circuitry steals a substantial hunk of memory bandwidth. There's a measurable performance loss when running with different-sized modules. But, removing and replacing the modules! Does anyone have any hints on how to do that?
Many thanks for an excellent guide to opening the minimac. I did fine, except my airport antenna got disconnected and I am not sure where to reattach it. In your fourth photo, it looks like it goes to the chrome-like box next to the heat sink?
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Any help would greatly appreciated. My airport still works, but is weak For jrjung a little late and anyone else who accidentally disconnects the airport antenna I found installing a new hard disk a little tricky because the hard disk doesn't sit on anything but has to be lifted before being slid into position.
To solve the problem I cut a slice from a large antistatic bag to make a sling to fit under the disk. I can then hold the disk up and slide it easily into place. I previously read the official apple manual for the PPC mini and viewed a video on the Intel mini takeapart. Some suggestions:.
Apple recommends a cheap putty knife and sanding a bevel on it.
Cheap ones have relatively thick and bendy blades and you see the tech guy struggling to get the blade in on the video. I have a taper ground high quality paint scraper that is much thinner and stiffer and doesn't need sharpening. I used a 4 inch wide one, which works beuatifully. Fine enough to easily slide down the gap in the case. Just keep the blade away from the case corner curves to avoid marking the aluminum.
I found working around the three sides in a circle in steps worked better than trying to pry open the back end from opposite sides, just because the tension on the opposite side is too great with the plastic base crooked in the aluminum frame. The video shows the guy wriggling the airport antenna to get it off, which is a bit less scientific than simply unclipping those two black clips you show nicely on the photo. On my Mini, the antenna covers the tops of the clips, so gently squeeze the tops of long black stems under the airport card and it will spring off. The flexible orange ribbon cable at the back audio board cable is easily removed from the vertical circuit board - gently slide the two tiny black tabs on each end of the cable clip up in line with the cable about 1.
This frees the black frame completely and avoids damage to the ribbon cable in manipulating the two parts of the chassis. Reinsertion is simply a reversal of that. Trying to reseat without unclipping seems a bit hazardous to the cable which could get kinked trying to do that. On the memory question - barefeats. Have just put an extra 1GB in the mini, now at 1. Some things the mini does significantly faster Quartz graphics despite the shared video memory.
That was brilliant, and I would never have been able to do this RAM install without it. I think it needs mentioning upfront that you will need a tweezers to remove and replace the cable shown in picture 5, and that it must be grasped by the very upper quadrant of the rectangular nub it is attached to. This is not quite easy to see for those of us nearing 50!
Also the airport antenna in the Core Duo 1. If not there might be problem on you home modem. If all device have wifi signal beside your Mac mini. Reboot your Mac mini sometime it will solve issues like this after reboot. Q: Mac Mini is dead can I recover my data? A: Yes, most cases your can depending upon which Mac Mini you have. Q: How can I find model or serial number for Mac Mini? A: If you flip your Mac Mini your will see small written on bottom, you can find model and serial numbers. Q: I spill liquid on my Mac Mini what can I do? A: when Liquid is spill on Mac Mini, make sure your unplug the charging cable and turn off the computer, if it is already turn off do not turn on.
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