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?
How can I get my VPN (privateinternetaccess) to play nice with Plex? [more inside]
My mother wants to send her old Power PC Mac mini to the dump. What else could I do with it? [more inside]
I am trying to determine how long to air dry a computer that suffered a liquid spill. [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Is there any reason I'd regret purchasing a Mac Mini with intel 4000 graphics? [more inside]
Balancing function and price: What's the best (and least expensive) Mom Computer, especially if we're trying to go Mac? [more inside]
[MacFilter]: Will software with "common" serial numbers be recognized by Apple employees? [more inside]
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]
Should I get an external drive or a new computer? Longtime Mac Mini user details inside. [more inside]
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]
My 5 month old (last gen with the Core2 processor) Mac Mini is being cranky. Did I just get a lemon? [more inside]
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]
In Mac OS X, is it possible to prevent the user from exiting Front Row? [more inside]
Why does my LED Monitor complain about finding "no signal" when connected to my Mac Mini via an HDMI-HDMI cable? [more inside]
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]
Mac Mini media server: which model should I buy? [more inside]
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]
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]
Seeking USB hub with audio in, or some other way to use my pro mic with my MacMini. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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?
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]
Can I use an older mac mini to play back HD divx and H264 content? [more inside]
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]
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]
2.26Ghz vs. 2.66Ghz Mac mini for HTPC—worth the extra money? [more inside]
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]
So, finally after many years away from the world of Macs I'm about to take the plunge and buy one. [more inside]
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]
Windows xp and Ubuntu? PCI video card? Mac Mini? Opinions? [more inside]
Help me try and fix my mother's weird internet/Mac Mini issue. [more inside]
Mac Mini as centerpiece of home theater, driving a HDTV? [more inside]
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]
new mac mini harikari! how to reconnect round metal connector? [more inside]
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]
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]
Please sanity check a possible Mac Mini HTPC/media center setup. [more inside]
Can I open/run any old program I want from within Xbox media center (on my mac mini)? [more inside]
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]