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New OSX on an old Mac Mini?

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 - 13 answers

Plex + VPN = fffffffuuuuuuuu

How can I get my VPN (privateinternetaccess) to play nice with Plex? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Mar 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Uses for a PowerPC Mac Mini?

My mother wants to send her old Power PC Mac mini to the dump. What else could I do with it? [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Mar 6, 2014 - 15 answers

How long should I dry out a Mac Mini after a coffee spill?

I am trying to determine how long to air dry a computer that suffered a liquid spill. [more inside]
posted by thelonius on Mar 2, 2014 - 16 answers

Mac Mini to travel as desktop between two countries? How feasible?

Thanks MeFites for your assistance; now for a Mac Mini question! The Flashdrake is needs a new computer to take to Italy for around 5 months a year; he currently uses an all-in-one desktop PC in Australia running Windows 7 and a 23" screen. Has been using a 17" 2010 laptop now running Windows 8 when travelling to Italy, although doesn't like using it, finds the screen hard to see, and never got a handle on Win8. I could buy a new laptop, or a new desktop to keep overseas, but it seems that getting a Mac Mini and hitching it up to a monitor at either end. While we would still backup, it seems like an elegant solution. He is not familiar with the iOS, but loves his iPad, which he uses when he needs portability when out and about. Is there something that I'm missing here? I imagine that as long as we avoid an expensive Apple monitor (that's possible, right?) it would work well, with be relatively cost effective. Thoughts? What am I missing here?
posted by Flashduck on Feb 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Networking (maybe?) our Macs

My wife and I use Macs, iOS devices, and Apple networking gear. We're thinking about sharing the desk where my Mac Pro is; as a result, if she needs the desk, and I need a computer, I'd have to use her MacBook Pro. What's the best way to network our computers so that we could do our work from whatever computer we're using, have music and/or programs available, etc.? Some details inside. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 1, 2013 - 6 answers

Which Mac Mini to buy?

I am buying a Mac for the first time. For budgetary reasons the Mac Mini is the only option on the table. Having convinced myself that the increased outlay for an Apple device over a generic desktop PC is worth it, I am now stumped on the question of which Mac Mini to buy. Please help me decide which model to choose. [more inside]
posted by jonnyploy on Oct 29, 2013 - 18 answers

How do I set up a new MacMini without a display?

Just bought a new MacMini and need some help with getting it set up and onto my network as a headless file server. [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Aug 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Did that outage just zap my internets?

We had a power outage for about 3 hours yesterday evening, and when I restarted my Mac mini, I could not connect to the internet. Our wireless modem/router is working fine, as our other Mac (an ancient PowerBook g4) and my phone can both go online using wifi. Please help! More things we've tried below: [more inside]
posted by asranixon on May 29, 2013 - 7 answers

One itunes library to rule them all, and one library to bind them.....

Macbook and Mac mini server. Both have itunes libraries pointed at an external drive on the mini-server. No problem. My iPhone is backed up to the Macbook. I add music to libraries from both computers. How can I point all my itunes installs to not only one folder, but to all share and update one itunes library.itl file? [more inside]
posted by nevercalm on Dec 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Are integrated graphics a mistake in a desktop purchase?

Is there any reason I'd regret purchasing a Mac Mini with intel 4000 graphics? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Dec 8, 2012 - 15 answers

Mother, do you think it's good enough for you?

Balancing function and price: What's the best (and least expensive) Mom Computer, especially if we're trying to go Mac? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jan 12, 2012 - 19 answers

Genius = Watchdog?

[MacFilter]: Will software with "common" serial numbers be recognized by Apple employees? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2012 - 9 answers

Living in a post-boxee america

Boxee is leaving the PC platform (Mac / Linux / OSX) after the current release (which drops a bunch of features). What should I migrate to? [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar on Dec 27, 2011 - 7 answers

Should I retire the old Mac Mini?

Should I get an external drive or a new computer? Longtime Mac Mini user details inside. [more inside]
posted by computech_apolloniajames on Dec 18, 2011 - 10 answers

Is a Mac Mini a viable illustration tool?

I'm a commercial artist wanna-be. I've tried to go my own way, but I'm tired of being on the outside, looking in. Would getting a Mac Mini help me in my quest to break into illustration? [more inside]
posted by KHAAAN! on Dec 4, 2011 - 18 answers

Apple Juice or Lemonade?

My 5 month old (last gen with the Core2 processor) Mac Mini is being cranky. Did I just get a lemon? [more inside]
posted by kathrynm on Oct 22, 2011 - 16 answers

I suppose I could just go with LPs...

In the process of ripping CDs to a media server (Mac Mini mid-2010), I did an A/B test comparing the sound quality of the Mac setup with my CD player. It did not go well. Currently the line-out headphone jack is just connected to the stereo, but I'm pretty sure that the DAC should be done externally for the improvement in sound. But various reviews seem to indicate that the Mac has high jitter issues with it's optical out. What's the best way to turn my zeroes and ones back into music? [more inside]
posted by hwyengr on Sep 8, 2011 - 11 answers

Is it possible to prevent a user from exiting Front Row?

In Mac OS X, is it possible to prevent the user from exiting Front Row? [more inside]
posted by cirripede on Sep 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Combining the usable with the unusable

Why does my LED Monitor complain about finding "no signal" when connected to my Mac Mini via an HDMI-HDMI cable? [more inside]
posted by identitymap on Sep 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Need help navigating the HTPC hardware options

I want to buy or build a home theater PC and I'm overwhelmed by the options for hardware. Mac or PC? Low-end or mid-range? [more inside]
posted by Dec One on Aug 20, 2011 - 17 answers

Which Mac Mini?

Mac Mini media server: which model should I buy? [more inside]
posted by cgs on Aug 10, 2011 - 19 answers

Mac Mini Server: Any reason I will be unhappy with it as a desktop?

Mac Mini Server: Any reason I will be unhappy with it as a desktop? I plan to Raid 0 the drives to make a 1GB drive and just turn off any server daemons. [more inside]
posted by wnissen on Jul 30, 2011 - 17 answers

I'd like to be a power user, not luser in OSX-land

I'm a Windows systems administrator and power user and an enthusiastic user of Unix/Linux-based operating systems. I have hand edited make files and recompiled linux kernels manually. I know how to do administrative scripting and am a Microsoft products (SharePoint, if it matters) support professional/systems engineer in my job. I am certainly not the geekiest person I know but I'm in the top 5 percent. I am switching to a Mac Mini (Lion Server, specs maxed toward storage) after decades of using Windows laptops/desktops and some Linux machines. I'm prepared for the lack of physical mobility, but I don't feel prepared for not being a power user. What methods/resources would you suggest I could use to get up to speed with being a Mac Mini and OSX Lion power user? [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Jul 29, 2011 - 18 answers

Help me sing the blues. To my mac mini. Without a preamp.

Seeking USB hub with audio in, or some other way to use my pro mic with my MacMini. [more inside]
posted by letahl on Jul 7, 2011 - 5 answers

where are the kids getting their computers these days?

My dad wants to buy a new computer that works right out of the box from a brick and mortar store. He's in Albuquerque, NM. Where should we be going? We're fine with big box or local, we just don't know which stores are going to be best for customer service over the long run. [more inside]
posted by NoraReed on Jan 16, 2011 - 12 answers

Mac Mini suddenly stopped working with my tv via HDMI

I've been using a Mac Mini plugged into my Panasonic HD tv for a little less than a year. A few nights ago I watched a tv show on it, then had a party, and now when I turn it on the screen is black. [more inside]
posted by jdl on Dec 29, 2010 - 3 answers

It burns! It burns! (my lcd projector lens)

Our classroom lcd projector was left on for too long and the lens was burned, according to our tech. This makes everything it projects have a yellowish tinge. Is there any way to adjust the output on a mac mini to compensate for this? [more inside]
posted by craniac on Oct 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Need to cut the cable! Mac Mini?

We want to replace our cable TV with a Mac Mini. We watch mostly documentaries, cooking shows and cartoons. She loves cheesy horror movies, and I love baseball and pro football. Apart from Netflix, what do we need to live cable-free?
posted by Slap*Happy on Aug 19, 2010 - 11 answers

Best option for additional storage for a Mac Mini HTPC

I’m planning on buying a Mac Mini as an HTPC, but I have some questions about the best option for additional storage. [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Jun 30, 2010 - 13 answers

Mac Mini = Old gaming PC?

Mac Mini users, I need to know if a current-gen Mac Mini system is roughly equivalent to a 3 1/2 year old PC in regards to gaming. [more inside]
posted by ChrisLSU on May 15, 2010 - 6 answers

Which OS X version to download?

I need to do a fresh install of OS X on a G4 1.42ghz mac mini. What OS version do I need to download?
posted by nitor on Apr 20, 2010 - 12 answers

I want to watch movies from anywhere!

I have a Mac Mini that I'm using as a media center running Plex. I want to be able to watch the media stored there (a couple terabytes of AVIs, MP4s, etc...) from anywhere I am, on a laptop or hopefully even on my iPhone. Is there any hardware/software solution that will help with this? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Feb 5, 2010 - 10 answers

Is an old mac mini beefy enough to play back HD video?

Can I use an older mac mini to play back HD divx and H264 content? [more inside]
posted by pompomtom on Jan 31, 2010 - 9 answers

Big Death for a Mac Mini

My Mac Mini (bought Oct 2008) has died. I've done all the SMC/PRAM/whatever resettings, and now I've been led to believe it's the logic board. Somehow, I don't have AppleCare (I've gotten it for every other mac I've ever bought). So, my question is whether it's possible/practical to replace the logic board - if that is indeed the problem. If not, how can I put the brick to good, creative use? [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher on Jan 19, 2010 - 12 answers

Blu-Ray Makes My Mac Mini Turn Green With Envy

How can I get my Mac Mini and my new Blu-Ray player to play nice while they both share my big screen HDTV? [more inside]
posted by willmize on Dec 18, 2009 - 5 answers

2.26Ghz vs. 2.66Ghz Mac mini for HTPC—worth the extra money?

2.26Ghz vs. 2.66Ghz Mac mini for HTPC—worth the extra money? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Dec 17, 2009 - 23 answers

Wireless possible, or no?

Did the Apple salesperson do me wrong? I bought an AirPort Express to go wireless with my Mac Mini but now I think I got screwed. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Nov 8, 2009 - 17 answers

Dual head mac with KVM?

So, finally after many years away from the world of Macs I'm about to take the plunge and buy one. [more inside]
posted by hardcode on Nov 7, 2009 - 5 answers

Help my Mac Mini work with my TV!

Mac Mini filter: when using a Mini like an AppleTV, it makes the TV screen flicker horizontally. When we switch it to a regular monitor, it is fine. Any ideas on how to fix this? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Green on Sep 23, 2009 - 9 answers

What should I do about my old computer??

Windows xp and Ubuntu? PCI video card? Mac Mini? Opinions? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on Sep 2, 2009 - 7 answers

Latency? This. Is. Infiniteloop!

Help me try and fix my mother's weird internet/Mac Mini issue. [more inside]
posted by selfnoise on Jul 3, 2009 - 6 answers

Mac Mini as centerpiece of home theater?

Mac Mini as centerpiece of home theater, driving a HDTV? [more inside]
posted by xmutex on Apr 6, 2009 - 7 answers

Mac Mini: Yes or No?

My husband and I are Apple noobs and can't get a straight answer from any sales people: is the Mini adequate for our needs? [more inside]
posted by Subspace on Apr 1, 2009 - 37 answers

new mac mini harikari! how to reconnect round metal connector?

new mac mini harikari! how to reconnect round metal connector? [more inside]
posted by metaseeker on Mar 27, 2009 - 4 answers

Pimping Out a MacMini as Media Center, etc.

I'm consolidating and trying to save some money in the coming years. To that end I've acquired an older Mac Mini and pulled out an old monitor. I've set it as a working media center, but I think I could do more and do it more efficiently. [more inside]
posted by Gideon on Mar 16, 2009 - 7 answers

New HDTV Owner, Hookup with my Mac Mini?

Just bought a Sharp Aquos LC37D43U and am planning to use my G4 Mac Mini for at least a DVD player--but can I have it do more? And how would the setup work? [more inside]
posted by gramcracker on Feb 26, 2009 - 6 answers

Sanity check my Mac media center.

Please sanity check a possible Mac Mini HTPC/media center setup. [more inside]
posted by swift on Feb 2, 2009 - 12 answers

GPS and XBMC

Can I open/run any old program I want from within Xbox media center (on my mac mini)? [more inside]
posted by kenbennedy on Nov 24, 2008 - 2 answers

Give me the Mac Mini that Apple aren't

I'd like to get an up-to-date version of a Mac Mini - but Apple haven't released one. What are my alternatives? [more inside]
posted by siskin on Nov 13, 2008 - 13 answers

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