1st Mac mini project.. Couple of questions

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Coupedummy, Jun 21, 2014.

  1. Coupedummy macrumors newbie

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    Hi
    I have been wanting to purchase a mac for some time but could never justify the cost.
    After doing lots of reading and scouting I have picked up a Mac mini 1.1 core solo for £90

    The aim is - install
    Core 2 duo T7200- from ebay £9 delivered
    4 gb ram.. Spares I have
    500gb sshd - spare I have
    Paired to a 24" led hp screen.


    So osx is the stumble slightly. I believe I can run mavericks as it will have enough memory and a 64bit CPU and Yosemite hopefully? Is there anything extra I have to do to install mavericks as such? Looking forward to converting to mac in the near future..

    Any help appreciated.

    Regards reuben
     
  2. blanka macrumors 68000

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    Just buy OSX 10.6 server from Apple (16£ or so). You can upgrade it if you like from the appstore to Mavericks, but try snow first. I run everything on snow. Works fast and stable.
     
  3. chrfr macrumors 603

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    Why Server? You can still buy the non-server version of 10.6.3 from Apple.
    Regardless of CPU, this old Mini can't run anything later than Lion, and that takes some work to do.

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    10.6.8 is the last supported OS on this Mini but 10.7.5 can be made to work. There aren't drivers for the graphics in the later operating systems.
     
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Theoretically you can run OSX mavericks if you use Tiamis boot loader, but you will very limited in GPU. The intel 950 GPU was terrible. I have a couple upgraded 1,1s sitting in a cabinet.
     
  5. blanka macrumors 68000

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    Cause you have a license that allows virtualisation in the future, and it is a free ticket to keep running legacy PPC programs forever. And I believe you can install it naked as well (without server components).
     
  6. tallchris macrumors member

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    Keep us updated on how you do. I recently just picked up a 1.1 for £65, have picked up T5600 for £6, and 2GB of RAM for £8. Going to see if I can get a 64GB SSD for about £20 to keep everything under £100. Bit nervous about trying to install them all, apparently the WIFI antenna is tricky.

    Want to see if I can put Lion on it. Hopefully it'll be able to run 64-bit apps.
     

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