Mini low RAM advice (Tiger)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by ATRAX, Jun 8, 2005.

  1. ATRAX macrumors newbie

    ATRAX

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    Just a little advice to everyone who hasn't upgraded their factory 256MB of RAM yet. By default Dashboard has calendar, clock, weather, and other widgets open which consume a good deal of RAM. By closing these (hold option key, move your mouse over the desired widget and click the x icon) I freed up a good 80-100MB of RAM and my Mini is a lot easier to live with.
    :)
     
  2. wdlove macrumors P6

    wdlove

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    I would certainly recommend that you get more RAM. You will be amazed in the increase in speed. Mac OS X likes RAM. Crucial that is listed above you be your best bet for RAM.
     
  3. angee macrumors newbie

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    Wow, I'm glad I upgraded to 512

    Great thread. I was going to buy my Mac Mini locally, but they only had a MM with 256 meg. The sales guy assured me that was enough, blah blah... But I want to run MS Office, so I didn't think it was.

    So I ordered from Apple.

    Glad I made the right decision. :) Thanks.

    Now all I have to do is wait!

    Angela

    http://onlineideabuzz.typepad.com/
     
  4. AliensAreFuzzy macrumors 68000

    AliensAreFuzzy

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    Upgrade to AT LEAST 512 RAM right now. If you can afford it, go for the 1GB you will love it so much.
     
  5. ATRAX thread starter macrumors newbie

    ATRAX

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    Yeah, I installed 1 gig yesterday, but closing all my widgets definitely helped when I only had 256.
     
  6. MmmPancakes macrumors 6502

    MmmPancakes

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    My Mini ran on 256 Ok..but it was just Ok...I could run Office, iTunes, iPhoto, and Firefox pretty smoothly at the same time, but I did a self install to 512, and it works great now.

    I bought 512 of memory off ebay for around 50 bucks, sold the 256 card that was in the Mini for about 20, so it was a relatively small investment that made a big difference. Even since I upgraded to Tiger, it runs about 30 percent faster than it did on Panther, also. Right not, I don't see a trememndous need to go to 1Gb....
     
  7. echeck macrumors 68000

    echeck

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    It all depends on what you're using the mini for. If all you're doing is email and a little word processing then the standard 256 would be fine. If you want to use iLife and such then I would say at *least* upgrade to 512. I plan on getting 1 gig with mine when I order it after the next update. Please update come soon!
     
  8. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    Open Activity monitor, close all of your Widgets and see how much ram is free's up. Also, my Finder (after coming from Dashboard and or opening Activity monitor) shows 89% CPU usage. I don't like that, from finder!!!
     

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