Could a MacBook basically work the same as a Mini?

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  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68020

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    Just curious...if I decided to use a MacBook (say, the white 2010) as an "always on" server computer instead of a 2010 Mac Mini (I like that last year's model had a built in disc drive), is there any risk to leaving the MacBook on? Would it basically work the same as the Mini?

    I have an HDMI out adapter to the big screen and a USB mouse/keyboard combo. A benefit would be that if the power goes out for a short period of time, at least the MacBook has an integrated battery. Anyone try this? Thanks.
     
  2. Tortri macrumors 6502a

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    Should work with no problems.

    The only thing bad that would happen is kill the battery in it because it's not being used correctly(drain, recharge) so the life of the battery won't be long if always plugged in.
     
  3. Des Zac macrumors regular

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  4. indg macrumors 6502

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    sure. the mini is just a screen-less macbook(pro) with additional ports (internally they always used the same/similar components) in a different form factor.
     
  5. Intell macrumors P6

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    It'll work just fine. As mentioned before, the only bad thing would be the early death of the battery. You'll have to cycle it about once or twice a month and even then, it may not be enough.
     
  6. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    use a cheap timer plug it in the wall. charge the macbook for 6 hours on then 6 hours off. timer needs to turn on and off every 6 hours. these timers exist

    here is one. http://www.amazon.com/Digital-3-Amp-Outlet-All-Purpose-Timer/dp/B000Y1G9G4
     
  7. japtor macrumors regular

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    That'll go through a lot of cycles though. Ideally you only need to drain it once or twice a month. When I had an iBook that was relegated to mostly plugged in duty I just set an iCal alarm to remind me to do it monthly.

    You could pull the battery as mentioned (losing the power outage benefits)...but you lose CPU power that way. I have an old 2006 or 2007 2GHz MacBook with no battery and I believe it runs at 1GHz. I have no clue how much the newer ones clock down though.
     
  8. Intell macrumors P6

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    The older non-Unibody Macbooks don't suffer from performance degradation when their battery has been removed. Even if the battery is out, it'll still die a premature death if it isn't used.
     
  9. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. So basically, the main concern would be the battery life in the MacBook. Aside from that though, it sounds like the MacBook should work just fine in this manner. Thanks!
     
  10. Intell macrumors P6

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    Yes, the Macbook will be fine.
     
  11. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    the timer i linked has a once a week setting. so he could drain and charge once a week.
     
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    I had a macbook 2008 unibody, that was my always on server. It worked great and would have been greater if I did the optical drive swap on it for more space. I had it as a server for almost a year with very minimal battery degradation. I did however eventually trade it in for a Mini to not have all the clutter of an entire notebook on my desk. Now my mini fits on a shelf out of site and nothing but a monitor sits on the desk, nice and clean. I was also able to trade my macbook in for $630 credit at Best Buy which allowed me to get the mid range mini for only $100 out of pocket......the decision was a no brainer, especially to upgrade to an i5 system....
     
  14. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    Yes they do. I had an older mb and the performance is crippled when the batt was out
     
  15. indg macrumors 6502

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    you can always use Coolbook to manually set your cpu speed/voltage.

    i used an older non-unibody c2d macbook pro for a couple months without a battery in it and the cpu continued to adjust speeds based on load. 1ghz on idle and 2.33 ghz on heavy load.

    i feel like this thread belongs in the macbook forum.
     
  16. emaja macrumors 68000

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    I use my MBP as a desktop full-time - except when traveling of course. I wanted a laptop but couldn't justify buying both an iMac and a MBP so I just got the MBP and hook it up to a monitor and use a full-sized keyboard and Magic Trackpad.

    I have it plugged in and powered up 24/7 and in 2 years of using it like this, my battery was still at 93% capacity according to coconutBattery. I would only charge it and discharge it once or twice every 6 months. Still worked fine.

    YMMV
     

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