Mini low RAM advice (Tiger)


macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 17, 2005
Just a little advice to everyone who hasn't upgraded their factory 256MB of RAM yet. By default Dashboard has calendar, clock, weather, and other widgets open which consume a good deal of RAM. By closing these (hold option key, move your mouse over the desired widget and click the x icon) I freed up a good 80-100MB of RAM and my Mini is a lot easier to live with.


macrumors P6
Oct 20, 2002
I would certainly recommend that you get more RAM. You will be amazed in the increase in speed. Mac OS X likes RAM. Crucial that is listed above you be your best bet for RAM.


macrumors newbie
Jun 2, 2005
Wow, I'm glad I upgraded to 512

Great thread. I was going to buy my Mac Mini locally, but they only had a MM with 256 meg. The sales guy assured me that was enough, blah blah... But I want to run MS Office, so I didn't think it was.

So I ordered from Apple.

Glad I made the right decision. :) Thanks.

Now all I have to do is wait!



macrumors newbie
Original poster
May 17, 2005
Yeah, I installed 1 gig yesterday, but closing all my widgets definitely helped when I only had 256.


macrumors 6502
Jan 18, 2005
Austin, TX
My Mini ran on 256 Ok..but it was just Ok...I could run Office, iTunes, iPhoto, and Firefox pretty smoothly at the same time, but I did a self install to 512, and it works great now.

I bought 512 of memory off ebay for around 50 bucks, sold the 256 card that was in the Mini for about 20, so it was a relatively small investment that made a big difference. Even since I upgraded to Tiger, it runs about 30 percent faster than it did on Panther, also. Right not, I don't see a trememndous need to go to 1Gb....


macrumors 68000
Apr 20, 2004
Boise, Idaho
It all depends on what you're using the mini for. If all you're doing is email and a little word processing then the standard 256 would be fine. If you want to use iLife and such then I would say at *least* upgrade to 512. I plan on getting 1 gig with mine when I order it after the next update. Please update come soon!


macrumors 68040
Apr 17, 2004
Open Activity monitor, close all of your Widgets and see how much ram is free's up. Also, my Finder (after coming from Dashboard and or opening Activity monitor) shows 89% CPU usage. I don't like that, from finder!!!