It's In The Mail!

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by sean barry, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. sean barry macrumors regular

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    I just ordered a 2012 Mini mid level, standard configuration. (4G RAM, 1T HDD 4x2.3 i7). Getting it from Mac Mall and because I have 3 Win 7 PCs with stuff in/on them I am getting Parallels 8 as well. Good deal I think? $50 for Parallels and a $50 rebate.
    I am going to order 16G RAM (just because it's so darn cheap)and I have a question or 2. Is it better to install the RAM upon opening the box or run the Mini with 4g first? Does it matter the order I add Par 8 and the RAM?
     
  2. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

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    I'd put the RAM in before Parallels, since you have to shut down your virtual machine in order to change the RAM allocated and you may as well set it up the way you want the first time.

    But I'd run the Mini on 4 GB first for the setup and installation of any updates and Mac apps.
     
  3. StevenT42 macrumors 6502

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  4. sean barry thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys. My thought on the additional ram is to run the Mini as is to make sure it's OK out of the box so I will know if I broke it if something bad happens after the memory upgrade. And it makes sense to me to do all the initial Apple set up in the stock Mini.
     
  5. StevenT42 macrumors 6502

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    The setup is selecting a language and keyboard, wifi and password if you have it, user account and registration. Probably iCloud (don't know for sure, my setup involved restoring from backup, which you won't have to do for your first Mac.) There is no reason something so simple requires the original 4 gigs of RAM. IMO, why plug everything in once, do the setup, then unplug everything and install the RAM, then plug everything in again?

    I also got Parallels 8, and plan to transfer it from my MacBook Air to the mini. I am sure it will benefit from the additional memory.
     
  6. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    well Since 2010 machines came out I have modded/upgraded 200 machines.

    My advice is;


    Step one;
    plug machine into a switched outlet.

    step two;

    turn the machine upside down attach to your screen and boot it with the black plate removed.

    Make sure you hear a boot chime and the fan moves. make sure the screen appears.


    step three; then turn the power off via the switched outlet.


    step four do your mods.

    repeat 1 and 2 with all mods/upgrades done
     
  7. sean barry thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Steve and Philip. Sounds like the defacto Mini checkout Philip.
     
  8. sean barry thread starter macrumors regular

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    Install Parallels in 2012 Mini?

    I'll try here first before starting a new thread. I received Parallels 7 today, with my Mini, it was supposed to be V 8? It's on a CD/DVD? How do I install it on my Mini?
    I have a 16 gig flash card that will fit in the mini slot, an external HDD and several Win 7 machines with DVD burners I tried to download it from the Parallels site on the Mini but it doesn't seem to want to download?
     
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