What would you do with a 1.5Ghz mini?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by benlee, Apr 12, 2008.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2007
    I think I'm going to be making a trade for a 1.5 Ghz mini with 1GB of Ram.
    I'm going to load Leopard onto it but I don't know what to do with it. I have an LCD monitor that I never use but it is on my desk where my MBP is so I don't think the computer would get any use in that sense.
    I also have an apple TV so a media center use would almost be useless.
    I do have a 42 inch LCD TV that has a VGA input that i could hook the mini up to and then buy a wireless keyboard in mouse for 'from the couch computing'. However, I'm not sure how much I would use it considering my MBP is 3 feet away. The mini only has an 80GB hard drive so using it as a media server would be difficult unless I bought an external. However if I did that I'm almost better off selling the mini and buying a new one when they come out.

    What would you do in my situation?
  2. macrumors demi-god


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
  3. macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2007
    Kansas City, MO
    What about using it as a media center in your car?
  4. macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2008
  5. macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2007
    Houston, TX
    hook it up to your TV
    use it as a media center
    thats what i am about to do
  6. macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    Media Center would be my first idea, but the AppleTV is much better then FrontRow now, and since you have a :apple:TV, why both?

    I'd set it up as a "public" computer, when friends and family come over,they wouldn't need to touch my personal computer
  7. macrumors 68000


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    I'd give it to my child. That's what I'm doing with my mini. It's going to a 4 year old who has outgrown her iMac G3. It will be her new educational program station. Her G3 is currently set up with a kiosk type interface that allows her to easily select which educational program she wishes to use, and then shut it down when done.

    But, now it's getting a bit slow for her newer titles. So, it will be replaced with a Mac Mini G4 1.25 GHz that I have with 1 GB of RAM and a LCD screen with a piece of custom cut glass to protect the LCD screen.

    Edit: I forgot to mention that she's been using a computer since she could kind of sit up. Let her start with simple things like programs that threw stuff on the screen as soon as she hit the keys. And, she then moved up to more advanced programs from there. She's had her own dedicated computer since about birth.

    She's quite advanced for her age now. Just about too smart ;-) Can't slip much past her.
  8. macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2008
    I would load it with Tiger and use it ask a desktop.

    Then, I would revel in the fact that I have the world's best desktop running the world's best operating system.

    The 1.5ghz mini: Low power consumption, low heat output, extremely low noise, just enough horsepower to get the job done in Tiger, a rock-solid, stable, gimmick-free OS.

    I've had my 1.5ghz, 512mb RAM, 60GB hard drive Mac Mini for two years as it's traveled over 10,000 miles with me. I wonder why I bought AppleCare. Compared to my POS MacBook, it has never had an issue. Ever.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Aug 25, 2007
    Whenever i have to ask myself questions like this, I always end up think and asking myself why?, why do I feel the need to horde gadgets?

    I then fight a little internal battle between the common sense responsible self and the materialistic idiot side of me.

    The latter one usually wins
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2007
    Austin, TX USA
    I took my Mini (1.83 Core Duo) and dropped in a 2.33 Core Duo. While a good Core 2 Duo would have been better, the price was right on the CPU I bought.

    While the 1.83 was good enough to play DVDs and MP4s (this is a Home Theater rig), the 2.33 is a little extra overhead and allows me to rip my DVDs I buy to disk a lot quicker.
  11. macrumors 68000


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    That's a pretty good move. The only question I have there, is whether the Core2Duo might have been cooler running and perhaps a better option for the long term.

    But, if the system is pretty close in temps to it's original configuration, then I'm sure it will be fine.

    Of course, who knows how much cooler the Core2Duo really is than the comparable speed CoreDuo.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Lord Zedd

    Oct 24, 2007
    Denver, Colorado
    That depends. If it is a 1.5GHz G4, sell it and buy something newer. If it is a 1.5GHz Core Solo, upgrade the CPU to a Core 2 Duo.
  13. macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Even if it's a G4 - hook up a large Firewire hard drve and voila - an HFS+ native fileserver - no faffing about with SMB and limits on filenames and sizes.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2007
    Austin, TX USA
    The way I looked at it was that a Core Duo 2.33 is about the same speed across the board as a Core 2 Duo 2.0 or 2.16. But at just over $100, it was a lot cheaper than any Core 2 chip. This is for my Home Theatre rig, so I had no desire to load it up with over 2GB of RAM.

    The thermal specs are about the same for the Core Duo 2.33 and the Core 2 Duo line, and my system is running very cool for most workloads, except for using Handbrake. That will get the system cooking at about 83deg C.
  15. macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2008
    That's what mine's doing right now, running OSX Server, acting as a tunneled torrent server for my brother in college. Using its internal 60, 2 250's and 2 160's in multiple levels of software RAID to whirr about in my room.

    It's a nice sound to fall asleep to, although admittedly I myself don't use it for much.
  16. macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    exactly what id use it for... basically a fileserver. id put server on it and learn how to use it better (doing IT at uni).

    it is a nice noise isnt it... very soothing. sounds like the beach :)

    now just to bribe dad into buying one!

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