Mac Mini 2009 OS X Upgrade

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  1. g33k macrumors member

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    I saw that the '09 Mac Mini is capable of running Yosemite if it has 2GB of ram. If I purchase one on eBay that comes with a fresh upgrade of that, could I revert back to Mavericks? I love the nostalgia of anything before Yosemite. Thanks!
     
  2. marclondon macrumors regular

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    2GB would be a struggle with Mavericks too I think. Best put 4GB in at least. I've a mid-2009 2GHz Mini running Yosemite with 8GB ram and an SSD and it's OK but I've stopped using it now in favour of a 2012 quad Mini which is far faster, especially with web browsing, which is the big weak link of older machines. If you have a Mavericks installer you can partition a disk and compare.

    I don't think you can download Mavericks unless you have got it before but I'm sure you can get an unofficial copy.

    M.
     
  3. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    I have a Late-2009 Macbook (2.26GHz, Core 2 Duo, 8GB RAM, SSD). Runs Yosemite pretty good, but I doubt you'll have any fun running it with just 2GB and without a SSD.
     
  4. estabya macrumors 6502

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    Yes, pretty much what all of them said :D

    My 09 Mini was hell to use on Mavericks before I got an SSD and went from 2Gb to 6Gb of memory. I can't imagine you'll have a good experience on either 10.9 or 10.10 without at least a memory upgrade.
     
  5. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Nahhhh

    Had a 2009 Mac Mini with 4gb RAM running Mavericks, it was okay at best.
     
  6. redheeler macrumors 603

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    For Mavericks or Yosemite, definitely make sure it has an SSD or plan to add one yourself. This should make it a lot more usable.

    2 GB is a little light, but should be fine as long as you keep open tabs and programs down to a minimum and don't do anything RAM-intensive. An upgrade to 4 GB would help if you plan to do more than the basics.

    If all you want is nostalgia, stick Snow Leopard on it for sure :D
     
  7. g33k thread starter macrumors member

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    I think i'll stick with Snow Leopard, but I could save some money by getting a 2007 Mac Mini. Can this play YouTube and Netflix videos at 720p, at least? I'll probably upgrade it to a SSD down the road.
     
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  9. marclondon macrumors regular

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    What is your budget - you really don't want to buy an 8 year old computer.

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  10. g33k thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm buying it for simply nostalgic reasons and its a nice HTPC. Love these little things. I'll probably just keep Leopard on it at this rate.
     
  11. marclondon macrumors regular

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    I've got five old Macs you can have - they are fine for word processing and a few games but mostly useless for the web.

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  12. g33k thread starter macrumors member

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    You can keep em' man, if thats what you're saying.
     
  13. Micky Do, May 19, 2015
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    I'm on a base model Mini I bought in early 2009, with 5 GB of RAM (original 1 GB plus 4 GB) the original HDD and Mountain Lion…….

    It works just fine for the web, albeit with a rather slow, nominally 3G mobile broadband connection (no phone line to my apartment). It runs the iLife and iWork apps I use just fine. I don't do games.

    I reckon I'll replace the HDD some time soon, and it should do me for a couple or three more years. I won't bother with updating from OS X 10.8. My internet connection is too slow to be bothered doing it myself, and it appears that Yosemite's main benefits are not available on an computer anyway. Being just a single computer household, with no other Apple devices, I have no need of the connectivity offered
     
  14. marclondon macrumors regular

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    I've got a 2009 Mini too (and a 2012) and it's OK. I'm talking about Powermac 6100, G3, Cube and a G5 I also have...

    M.
     
  15. Jambalaya macrumors 6502a

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    As above my late 2009 Mini with 2GB was horrible running Mavericks. Post an upgrade to 8GB the machine runs very nicely indeed and is on the latest version of Yoesemiti. 2GB isn't enough

    I have a 750GB HDD running at 7200 rpm which is fine for Yoesemiti, sure an SSD would be faster but the machine runs fine, a little slow to start up but you can sort that by just sleeping the machine rather than a shut down.
     

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