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Colin14
Jan 25, 2011, 01:40 PM
Hi Guys

I have a PowerPc Mac Mini gathering dust.

I have no idea what to do with it, the resale value on EBAY is only about 100 so not really worth the hassle.

So im looking for inspiration on what to do with it?

I already have a macbook and an apple tv 2G



IndigoQuack
Jan 25, 2011, 02:20 PM
Perhaps a local charity organization, or charity shop, would be able to take it off your hands? I suppose its value to them would depend on whether you'd be able to throw in a keyboard, mouse and monitor though.

I also had a PowerPC mini that I sold to a friend for about 100 four months ago before emigrating to Canada. He's always been a Windows man, but wanted to experiment with the Mac before deciding whether to switch. So, if you have any Mac-curious friends, giving it to one of them may be an option too :)

Paulywauly
Jan 25, 2011, 05:00 PM
If you can get a small screen and some speakers it'd make a great hifi or alarm clock?

SkippyThorson
Jan 25, 2011, 08:28 PM
Sell it to me? :D

Seriously though, I would be the first person to say charity for dust-collectors, but even old computers aren't worth much to those that can't afford to upkeep them. For the Mini, as with most desktops, you need a series of peripherals and a place to put them all. Often, it's hard to find a new home for an old computer where it won't just be sold for parts. I second selling it to a Mac-curious friend that will appreciate it. (or myself :))

You could also turn it into an iTunes server for your house, a great TV companion if you have a bluetooth keyboard / mouse / iPhone app to control it, a makeshift wireless router via Internet sharing from Ethernet if it has Airport card, an elaborate file keeper for the stuff you don't necessarily need on your other computers, or even a digital picture frame using a screen saver if hooked up to a small monitor. Just some ideas.

Shadow
Jan 25, 2011, 08:32 PM
The usual options are servers, folding machines and the like. It's probably too slow to fold with or do anything thats remotely CPU intensive. Don't use it as a HiFi or alarm clock, that's just ridiculous. Get a few external drives, mirror them and set it up as a file/web server (you'll probably want a static IP address too if you don't want to use a dynamic DNS service).

sngx1275
Jan 25, 2011, 08:36 PM
Connect a large external drive to it and use it as a torrent machine. I'm doing that with an old G4 Digital Audio.

4JNA
Jan 25, 2011, 08:37 PM
how about tossing it up for trade, maybe get something you need/want for something you don't.

re-use is the best form of recycle! best of luck.

GoCubsGo
Jan 25, 2011, 08:39 PM
Would it even be useful as an itunes server? If so, I'd do that.

Nameci
Jan 25, 2011, 10:51 PM
you could give it to me for free... as a belated christmas gift. :D

chrismacguy
Jan 26, 2011, 06:06 AM
Would it even be useful as an itunes server? If so, I'd do that.

Itd easily work as one. I have a Dual 867 MDD as my iTunes server, works perfectly :)

walterwhite
Jan 26, 2011, 06:09 AM
A file server... or just use it as a Time Machine Backup...

Colin14
Feb 1, 2011, 06:52 AM
Im thinking I might just sell it.

macgeek18
Feb 1, 2011, 11:49 AM
Interested if you decide to sell it. :)

Nameci
Feb 1, 2011, 11:58 AM
there are lots of people here willing to part with their hard earned cash in exchange for your mac mini... :D and that includes me...

MacHamster68
Feb 1, 2011, 12:40 PM
Mac Minis are in demand , ok i prefer the eMac's . but everyone has its preferred Mac's i sold mine end last year a 1.42 model with 1gb ram and a 80gb harddrive and superdrive and two chaps did bid nearly 230 for it , ok it was in good shape with no scratches or discolorations , i have to say i bought the same mini a half year earlier for 142 and prices picked up up to christmas like usual with Macs
they are now dropping again up to mid year and then start going up again

Photics
Feb 1, 2011, 12:51 PM
I currently use a 2009 Mac Mini as my main desktop computer. When I upgrade to a new computer, there are lots of uses for the old Mac Mini...


Hook it up to the TV as an entertainment device
File server
Web Server
Distributed computing


Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get GPU/CUDA folding@home to work on it. I tried to set up my Mac Mini as a dedicated folding machine.

chrismacguy
Feb 1, 2011, 05:57 PM
Mac Minis are in demand , ok i prefer the eMac's

I have to agree with that one weirdly - I love my base eMac (128MB RAM, and it can run 10.5.8 :eek: ) - and I love its CRT, although I wouldnt say no to a Mac Mini (awesomeness in a tiny box - although it wouldnt like my media needs, so I use a iMac for that).

trickyred
Feb 8, 2011, 07:10 AM
Im thinking I might just sell it.


Did you sell it??

Colin14
Feb 15, 2011, 02:53 PM
its still here gathering dust, don't know what to do with it.

im in the uk.

sportster
Feb 15, 2011, 04:48 PM
its still here gathering dust, don't know what to do with it.

im in the uk.

I'd pay you shipping for it (as long as it's not to much). I'm wanting a cheap littler server to play with...

MacHamster68
Feb 15, 2011, 08:05 PM
install morph os on the G4 mini and get impressed bootimes will make your MacBook look like a snail , make the mini ready for hdtv with morph os and 720p capabilities you never had under OSX, enjoy all the amiga games out there
basically let the old PPC show you what it is capable of if it doesn't get restricted by OSX , i was so impressed about the performance boost after testing it on my eMac that i will sell my iMac core duo soon and get a mini G4 1.5 (because of the 64mb vram which give even more boost) and buy a morph os license as soon as possible then
you can dual boot with osx and morph os , just if you need some apps you dont get for morph os

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxvxEYvHsVE
boottime 18 seconds on a G4 mini 1.5 with 64 mb vram and no ssd upgrade needed just the standard 5400rpm hdd
that what i mean with impressive ..here the video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnRxS1Z0vzU
and here with a 1.42 G4 mini
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWyCVOgltOA&feature=related

gaming on a mini 1.25
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_p3DxBXhDw
and morph os gets better with every release

i mean tiger runs good no doubt its the best version of OSX and you get more apps , but if you want to give your mini a new life an boost it into 2011 performance get morph os

mrchinchilla
Feb 15, 2011, 09:55 PM
You could do as I would with a Mac Mini; put AmigaOS on it.

MacHamster68
Feb 15, 2011, 10:41 PM
You could do as I would with a Mac Mini; put AmigaOS on it.


there had been a test on a pegasos II with 1 ghz G4 and a radeon 9250 with 128mb vram ,comparing morph os vs amiga os , but my french is hmm just good for ordering some food and to get directions , so maybe someone can shed more light in the test results , but as i understand it morph os is a bit better ;)

http://obligement.free.fr/articles/amigaos41_vs_morphos23.php

they did test morph os 2.3 and the new 2.7 is much improved

Ungibbed
Feb 15, 2011, 10:47 PM
You could do as I would with a Mac Mini; put AmigaOS on it.

This interests me... I never had the time or a chance to use or even play with a modern Amiga.

I just remember the early days playing lemmings.

MacHamster68
Feb 16, 2011, 05:10 AM
with you can still play lemmings :D
as both morphos and amiga os can play the amiga games

you want to give lemmings a try again ...the game still exists even online :D
http://www.elizium.nu/scripts/lemmings/

Colin14
Feb 21, 2011, 10:39 AM
to the folk mentioning using it as a server. could someone explain the benefits of that to me please.

What can you do with a server?

I already have a macbook and time capsule.

zen.state
Feb 21, 2011, 12:18 PM
to the folk mentioning using it as a server. could someone explain the benefits of that to me please.

What can you do with a server?

I already have a macbook and time capsule.


You could use it as a file/music server but with time capsule already it would kind of be overkill.

Since in your first post of the thread you mention it isn't really worth selling then I recommend you just keep it around as a 2nd system. It would be great to have around if your main Mac ever goes down to the shop for more than a day. It's also great to have a 2nd computer so if one breaks you can find a do it yourself fix online with the other system.

Paulywauly
Feb 21, 2011, 01:17 PM
You could use it as a file/music server but with time capsule already it would kind of be overkill.

Thats not necessarily the case, he could use the time capsule as backup storage for both the macbook and mini.

Basically a server is just a fancy word for a computer that provides a service to another one. I'll list some common examples:

1. you can use it to store all your files on which you can 'Share" with your Macbook, rather than having two copies of your files on each.
2. You can store your iTunes library on it and, again, "share" it across any other computers at home.
3. you can set it up as a print server, meaning you can install it on the Mini and when you print from your Macbook it'll come out of the printer connected to the Mini.
4. You can use it to store movies/photos/Music on which can stream to a ps3/xbox360/TV or iPad/iPhone or iPod Touch

Thats all really easy stuff to setup and shouldn't cost you anything. There are more technical things you can do such as setting up a Proxy server, a VPN or web server but unless your a real power user thats probably overkill!

stroked
Feb 21, 2011, 10:56 PM
I currently use a 2009 Mac Mini as my main desktop computer. When I upgrade to a new computer, there are lots of uses for the old Mac Mini...


Hook it up to the TV as an entertainment device
File server
Web Server
Distributed computing


Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get GPU/CUDA folding@home to work on it. I tried to set up my Mac Mini as a dedicated folding machine.

Ok, what is a folding machine?

MacHamster68
Feb 22, 2011, 02:27 AM
Ok, what is a folding machine?

that is a computer that only runs Folding @home (http://folding.stanford.edu/)


my 4 eMacs at the moment because they are not busy enough and would stand around doing nothing and getting bored are setup as seti machines (http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/)


the idea behind is simple , instead of 1 scientist buying one supercomputer for several million dollars
the data gets calculated and analysed by thousands of normal computers around the world , that would stand around doing nothing instead

there are lots of projects like that , and you dont have to be a scientist , just search for distributed computing or boinc