My mother has an early-2010 Mac Mini. Apple says she can upgrade to 10.9.2 for free, but she's not sure if it's a good idea, so she asked me.
Her model is on the official compatibility list, but is it a good idea to upgrade? Is there likely to be a noticeable performance hit, or stability issues? Have you personally had a good experience with OSX Mavericks on older Intel macs?
posted by 4th number
on Mar 28, 2014 -
The DVI Port on my Gigabyte Motherboard no longer seems to work. I need the DVI port as I am running a Hackintosh and Apples are not compatible with VGA. What are some of my options and what is your diagnosis? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner
on May 19, 2013 -
I am trying to upgrade my computer (Intel DP55WG motherboard, Windows 7 64 bit) from two ATI/AMD Radeon HD 6950 video cards to two Radeon HD 7970 cards. When I install either of the 7970 cards along with any other card (the other 7970 or either of my 6950s), only one card is able to start in Windows. The other card does not provide video output, and it has an exclamation icon in the device manager with the text "This device cannot find enough free resources that it can use. If you want to use this device, you will need to disable one of the other devices on this system. (Code 12)" Do you have any idea why this is happening or how I might be able to fix it? More details and a list of things I have already tried inside. [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup
on Apr 22, 2013 -
I am trying to install a 56K modem card from a PC that ran Windows XP onto a PC that runs Windows 7. The card used either the LSI (Agere) driver or the Intel sep 536ep driver. I've found Windows 7 versions (64 bit) of both drivers and both are saved to my new PC. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind
on Dec 16, 2012 -
I have to run a program (.exe) that needs to run on a processor with the SSE4.2 instruction set. I have several computers all with AMD or older Intel chips but none that have this instruction set. A new set up with a fancy I7 is really expensive, is there another option I am not aware of? [more inside]
posted by JayNolan
on Nov 20, 2012 -
Help me figure out possible career choices if I want to move away from software development to making use of foreign language skills? [more inside]
posted by movicont
on Oct 19, 2011 -
I have a potentially rather silly question about Applecare as I purchase a new Macbook Pro. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000
on Jan 31, 2011 -
Why do the specs of some non-x86 processors seem so much better than those of the latest Intel chips, even though Intel's manufacturing is more cutting-edge? [more inside]
posted by Xezlec
on Dec 7, 2010 -
How do I tell if the CPUs on a Windows Server 2003 are having their clock rates changed by a power-saver scheme? [more inside]
posted by Kahomono
on Aug 25, 2010 -
Can Windows be persuaded to ignore lies the BIOS tells it about what video monitors are connected? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet
on Aug 2, 2010 -
I do occasional audio recording with GarageBand. I just recently upgraded from a G4 tower to an Intel iMac w/Snow Leopard. I settled for analog audio in through the mic input on the G4 but I think I want to step up to digital input. I have an analog mixer, tube preamps, effects pedals, etc. so I don't need to have them in the audio interface. Midi I/O would also be nice but not necessary. What are my choices in a basic 2-channel Firewire(800)/USB(2.0) audio interface?
posted by tommasz
on Aug 2, 2010 -
I made a long video, and I need to break it into ten-minute-long chunks, so that I can post it to YouTube. I would LOVE some app that let's me batch process
this task. I want to start it running in the morning and come home at night to find a whole bunch of ten-minute-long videos on my desktop. I'm using an Intel Mac.
I'm willing to buy an app if I have to.
posted by grumblebee
on Jul 24, 2010 -
I'm ready to buy a new desktop PC with Windows 7, and I can't decide whether to spend more money on a faster CPU or more memory, if either. Which would be better in the long run: i7-860 (or even i7-920) with 6 GB RAM, or i5 with 8 GB of RAM? Considering the CPU alone, is an i7 instead of an i5 worth the extra money? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man
on May 7, 2010 -
How long does it take for the Peter and Bobby of iMacs, to get Greg iMac's processor? [more inside]
posted by blueberry
on Apr 20, 2010 -
Any network connection experts here? I need some serious help, little to no upload speed on a 10Mbps line... [more inside]
posted by querty
on Feb 11, 2010 -
My mom is a graphic designer and uses Quark. She just switched from a PowerPC based Macbook Pro to an Intel based MacBook Pro. Using the new Macbook Pro, she can't seem to open the Quark files she created using the old MacBook pro. It produces an error saying something about the processor. Is there a nice program for converting such files? [more inside]
posted by aburd
on Nov 27, 2009 -
Help me make a silent mini-ITX or micro-ATX Intel Atom system with s-video or composite out. [more inside]
posted by Nonce
on Aug 26, 2009 -
My 5 year old dell laptop (8600) has suddenly lost processor speed. Techy details after the break... [more inside]
posted by merocet
on May 22, 2009 -
Will a dual-1366 (Nehalem, Xeon 5xxx) motherboard work with a single CPU? [more inside]
posted by Skorgu
on May 18, 2009 -
One of my favorite professors is retiring at the end of the semester and I would like to present him with a token of my appreciation. He taught me assembly language as well as other systems classes and I thought he might appreciate a vintage 8086 processor for symbolic reasons, of course. [more inside]
posted by aereoperro
on May 7, 2009 -
Help me understand Intel Core 2 Duo processors. Wikipedia has a confusing chart
that seems to indicate matching processor to the RAM is more important than the actual specs of the RAM or processor. [more inside]
posted by brenton
on Apr 8, 2009 -
Question: where can I find a valid coupon/discount code for a Dell XPS 730x. I've heard there's some out there for 20-25% off, but I can't seem to find anything online that's working. Failing that, how much of a difference is it really if I just build a really sweet XPS 630? [more inside]
posted by Bageena
on Feb 10, 2009 -
I am looking for a signal booster that will play nicely on my laptop which has Vista. People recommended EnGenius USB Device but from what I gathered on Amazon, it does not work past XP. I basically need something that I can take with my on the go.
Intel GMA 4500MHD / Intel Wi-Fi / 10/100 Eth
is what came with my laptop. Is there a signal booster compatible with Vista?
posted by cheero
on Jan 16, 2009 -
Yet another laptop question - somebody please explain the difference between the processors for me? [more inside]
posted by antifuse
on Dec 28, 2008 -
Building a uber powerful gaming pc, what parts to buy as I don't want to be a sucker. Need your help. Intel Core i7 [more inside]
posted by spinko
on Nov 22, 2008 -
Does anyone know a way to stop icons from bouncing on the OS X doc? I'm NOT talking about unchecking "animate opening applications" in the dock preferences. That only stops opening-app bounces. I want to stop warning bounces, too. They drive me crazy. Please note that I'm using an INTEL Mac (Leopard). I've only been able to find solutions for PowerPC Macs.
posted by grumblebee
on Mar 10, 2008 -
Can a RAID-5 array created on one computer transfer to another computer, data intact? The kicker: different SATA controllers. [more inside]
posted by cameradv
on Jan 21, 2008 -
What's the best budgeting/personal finance for my Intel iMac running 10.5.1? [more inside]
posted by Pants!
on Dec 26, 2007 -
will creative suite cs2 with system requirements of powerbook g4 or 5 processor run on my new macbook pro (which has an intel-based processor)?
posted by nicknd23
on Nov 15, 2007 -
I would like to make my Intel iMac dual boot a Linux variant. I'd appreciate any help you could provide me. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike
on Aug 22, 2007 -
So I just got the newest iMac today (the one that was announced last week).
After 4 hours or so of use the fan has kicked on in a most noisy way and it won't shut down. Restarting does nothing. Take time to let it cool. Restart. Just more fan.
So...anyone got a "here-n-now" fix or do I take it back to the store in the morning?
posted by sourwookie
on Aug 15, 2007 -
Any Scrabble apps for Intel Macs with networked play? Not sure why this is so hard to find (unless there are none)!
posted by VeniceGlass
on Jul 31, 2007 -
I am building a new computer and was wondering if this setup seems good
I already have the OS, case/power supply, and video card
more details after break.
previously [more inside]
posted by DJWeezy
on Jul 18, 2007 -
Overlocking-filter: I am building a new computer (my first attempt) and I wanted advice on overclocking my processor. I'm installing an Intel Core 2 Duo E6420
and I've heard it's great for overclocking, even with the stock cooler. Can anyone give me tips or a guide to doing this? [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani
on Jun 20, 2007 -
Recommend a good printer for my Intel iMac, under £100, for general personal use? Mostly for text - doubt I'll be printing many photos. Thanks!
posted by Ira.metafilter
on May 17, 2007 -
What are the most energy-efficient microprocessors currently available in mass-market PCs/laptops? [more inside]
posted by nyterrant
on Apr 12, 2007 -
I'm thinking of buying a quad-core PC and want to check that my understanding of what a quad-core PC could do for me is correct. [more inside]
posted by tobtoh
on Apr 9, 2007 -