Got a mini incoming

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by doobybiggs, Mar 6, 2012.

  1. doobybiggs macrumors 6502

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    First time ever owner of anything apple ...

    what are some cool things I need to get for my mini to make it a blast to use?
     
  2. talmy macrumors 601

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    Keyboard, mouse, display?
    Speakers if you want sound (the internal is sad).
    External hard drive for TimeMachine backups.
    Applications (there is a thread floating around about favorites).
     
  3. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    got my own keyboard and mouse and display left over from my PC ...

    speaker - I will look into them

    came with an external hard drive

    I will try and find the favorites thread floating around ...
     
  4. t0n3s macrumors newbie

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    Well, if this is your first Apple and given the way video codecs are going the Apple TV will be a great accessory as the new x264-hd codec doesn't seem to be supported by a great many current devices (xbox 360 for instance). iTunes and the Apple TV love the codec, which makes your streaming all that much easier - not to mention your whole music library on a TV spurs a lot of better viewing than what's normally on...

    The trackpad is a another good one to get, it's really a gadget though with not as much productivity as I first thought - same goes with the Superdrive. I've yet to use more than 2 DVDs since I got the darn thing lol.
     
  5. Yvan256 macrumors 601

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    First things first: upgrade to 8 GiB RAM. I'm on Snow Leopard on a 2010 Mac mini (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz with nVidia 320M) and going from 2 to 8 GiB made a huge difference.

    Second: your mouse is probably USB, but is your keyboard USB too? Sad to say that even in 2012 I still see PS/2-only keyboards for sale in stores. :rolleyes:

    Third: you probably won't like Finder, but it's the only thing that's really "different" from using a Windows system.

    Be warned that when copying folders, OS X does NOT merge contents, it replaces them (i.e. imagine the older folder being deleted, then re-created, then OS X copies your new dropped files into it). Be careful.

    That's about all I can say to get you started. As for me, I've been using Macs since the days of the first Mac mini (G4 1.42 Ghz with 1 GiB RAM... things changed since then) and I'm not planning on switching to something else any time soon.
     
  6. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks for the input ...

    why on earth do macs just erase the old folder and not merge? that just does not make much sense :confused:
     
  7. Yvan256, Mar 6, 2012
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    No idea, but I've lost files twice by doing exactly that. I was used to contents being merged on Windows.

    But as I said, apart from those details, give it time and the rest of the OS X interface and style will grow on you.

    Another thing that I forgot to mention is the way text is anti-aliased. You may find it "blurry" at first, but let time pass. In a few weeks or months, you won't be able to read text on a Windows system. It's too sharp, too pixelated and unnatural. I didn't believe others who told me the same thing when I switched and I cursed at OS X's anti-aliasing. But now, seven years later, I still can't understand how I was able to look at Windows-rendered text all day long for all those years.

    With enough RAM, the Mac mini is a really powerful box. I only have a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo, but I can easily have all of these open and running at once:
    - Mail
    - Adium (most people in Canada are still using MSN for some reason)
    - iTunes for music
    - Safari with about a dozen tabs opened (Javascript enabled but plug-ins and Java disabled)
    - Handbrake to encode a DVD into H.264 (very CPU-intensive)
    - TextWrangler to edit a few dozen files of PHP, HTML, CSS and Javascript
    - ImageReady CS2 to edit graphics (this old program is PowerPC-only, meaning it's running under emulation via Rosetta)

    And with all of that running, I might still take a break and start World of Warcraft to go check my listings at the auction house or go fishing around Darkmoon Island. ;-)
     
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  9. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    wow not bad at all ... how much RAM do you have in your system to pull that off?

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    thanks for those links ... I got lots of reading to do lol :rolleyes:
     
  10. Yvan256 macrumors 601

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    8 GiB, which is the maximum for the 2010 Mac mini. Some of that RAM is used by the nVidia 320M GPU, however.
     
  11. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    oh ok ... i will see how this system runs before I decide on whether or not to upgrade the RAM
     
  12. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    just curious with the hard drive space ... can I add a hard drive of any size to this thing or is there a limit on size for internal hard drives?
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    There is no limit on capacity. The only limitation is physical dimensions. As long as it fits, you can use it.
     
  14. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    oh that is awesome then!
     
  15. talmy macrumors 601

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    Lion does merge folders. Yvan256 is using Snow Leopard, which didn't do the merge.
     
  16. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    oh ok then that is good to know :)

    wonder why it took them so long to implement it though :confused:
     
  17. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Could you enlighten us on the "new x264-hd codec"?

    Btw, the 360 absolutely does support AVC (which could be encoded with x264, or something else) if it's in MP4.
     
  18. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ya I am curious with you on that one lol


    Also, I am assuming these hard drives are 2.5" and not the normal 3.5" design?
     
  19. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    Yep, mini drives are 2.5".
     
  20. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    good I got a few extra 2.5" laying around i can upgrade it with ...
     

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