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I only found out last night or earlier today one of my supliers that I usually get computer components from has gotten some Mac mini used with 1.4ghz processor, 1 gig of ram and a 80 gig hard drive. Not they are used and I do't expect them to be looking brand spanking new from the store. But I would be basically wanting to learn Mac OSX on something like this for personal use. The only thing that it doesn't come with is a keyboard, mouse, or a monitor. So I am hoping that it will be able to use a regular usb mouse and keyboard with it. I can still puck up a DVI to vga to convert the video over to one of my monitors and poke around and get into the guts of learning the OSX environment. Will a normal USB mouse and keyboard be okay for something like this. Since it will have the OS to reinstall fresh if needed. The drive and memory I know I can always upgrade those since they are using Sata drives and DDR2 memory for laptops for those. I can pick up those at a later date.

But for learning purposes I think it should be okay. Since I have worked in Windows and in the Linux environments comfortably in those.

asked Feb 26 '12 at 20:12

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What version of OS X do you intend to run on it?

(Feb 29 '12 at 12:20) edgy edgy's gravatar image

Nearly all keyboards, mice, and monitors will work with any Mac.

I always recommend buying an older Mac Mini for people wanting to get their feet wet with the Mac environment. Performance is definitely not going to be all there, but if it's running Leopard or Snow Leopard, it should run as fast as the average $500 dollar computer that you'll find at BestBuy.

answered Feb 26 '12 at 20:26

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Yeah that is basically it. It is for just learning purposes. and if I need any software like an office suite or something like that I can download it and install it there. I've been in tech support for god know how long for the windows environment. I figure its about time to learn it on a Mac since it is out there. I used to have a Apple ][e when I was in high school. But for getting the feet wet I usually suggest that even for the PC side. And from what I had seen for upgrading the Mac Mini it looks pretty much the same as it does for the PC side for laptops and desktops. It's just using OSX as the OS and I need to get more familiar with the Mac these days since they are the two out there that are being used the most. Linux is coming slowly up there but not as fast as the other two being there for the longest time.

(Feb 26 '12 at 20:51) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image

And there's always free software available. I have a list on this post (Most cost, but some are free): http://lockergnome.net/questions/112479/good-high-quality-mac-games?page=1#112487

and Chris even made a list: http://chris.pirillo.com/top-100-mac-apps/

(Feb 26 '12 at 22:37) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

Yeah I know. I have been compiling a list as well for that kind of stuff. Both free applications and games for free as well for it once I get the computer in I'll be starting to do some stuff with it.

Here is one web site with the first 50 for free application with a paged two down at the bottom.


And here are just games of different sort for free as well.


Once a tech always a tech and dive into things a wee too much LOL. I'll let everyone know tomorrow. I'll be giving a call to my distributor in the morning to make sure he reserves me one and pick it up right away for it in the morning.

(Feb 26 '12 at 22:54) Compucore Compucore's gravatar image

Okay I got the mac mini running over here. Was not too hard to do just needed to read the screen to get things going. The one thing I wanted to find out with those who are using a Mac already in general. I know the hard rive that I have in there is already small and it is basically good for what I need it to do for learning the OS and what ever else I want to do with it. I know I can hook up a external drive to it via firewire. Which I can get the casing and a hard drive for it. And assemble it myself. With OSX 10.4 Is there a drive size limitation to it. I know OSX is a Unix based OS. And basically what I will be doing with it at the same time is just muck around. Can I still put in the external case lets say a 1 or 2 terabyte drive in that. Format it with the native filing system that OSX uses. And either back up the main drive onto it. Or use it as an extended drive where I can save and load other applications from it.

As well can firewire be daisy chained as well. Meaning that I get one assemble and working with it and at a later time. Expand it with other firewire drives later on.like up to two or three other drives right after it. I have seen on Youtube where one guy had a mac Mini I think it was a 2006 or later doing that to his. I only know that USB can do this. But since there are only 2 usb ports on there. It will be limiting unless I get a usb hub connected to that and go from there.

answered Feb 29 '12 at 11:39

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