pulled the trigger and got a mac mini..

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by xheathen, Oct 24, 2010.

  1. xheathen macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2010
    #1
    Finally just decided to get a mac and see how I like 'em! Mainly for the wife, but it'll be my toy too :p So I've taken my first step into dangerous waters :)

    So I'm just curious... we have like 10 or so kids movies we'd like to convert from DVD to iTunes so we can use it with the Apple TV / iPad when we take trips. I've heard you can do it all via Handbrake, but that you may want to rip it with something first. Can anyone recommend a process?
     
  2. ThinIce macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2010
    #2
    I use a program called Ripit to Rip the DVD and then Handbrake to transcode to a format that can be used in itunes. It works.
     
  3. zap2 macrumors 604

    zap2

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2005
    Location:
    Washington D.C
    #3
    Really? I just use handbrake right from the start...things seem to work fine. Any extra effects from using Ripit to Rip before hand?

    Congrats on your Mac Mini! Despite the CPU being a bit dated(not super though, i3 isn't worlds faster then C2D, its more marketing that makes people think i3 is the best thing even**), the graphics hard easily makes up for it. Don't forget RAM and HDD upgrades down the road if things slow down.

    **of course, I still look forward to an i3 Mac Mini(or i5 mobile chipset)..I'll be interested to see what Apple does with the GPU at that point
     
  4. xheathen thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2010
    #4
    Great thanks for the tip - I'll check out Rip It once it arrives.

    I originally thought of just waiting for a refresh, but I kind of came to the same conclusion. I've kind of looked at the i3 as a more budget intel chip than anything - the 3ghz C2D's themselves are more expensive than the i3's, which I found kind of odd.

    ** edit ** Quick follow up on the RAM - is the 2gigs in the Mac Mini 2 separate 1 gig DIMMs? Or is it 1 DIMM of 2 gigs?

    So yeah, I'm super excited to see what this thing is like :)
     
  5. ThinIce macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2010
    #5
     
  6. Tankfantry macrumors regular

    Tankfantry

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2010
    Location:
    Houston, Texas
    #6
    gratz, I'm pulling the trigger next summer as I need to get the iPad 2 first.
     
  7. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    #7
    I can answer this as I have just bought my first Mac as well, and opened my Mini up and it is indeed 2 separate 1GB sticks. Although I don't really see me pushing this machine to the limits of what it can handle. I will be upgrading to a 4GB stick + 1 of the stock !GB sticks for a total of 5GB Ram with the option of another 4GB stick in the future. You will be very happy because this is an amazing little machine!!:D :apple: :D :apple:
     
  8. tbayrgs macrumors 603

    tbayrgs

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2009
    Location:
    Florida, USA
    #8
     
  9. rb5505 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2010
    #9
  10. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    #10
    Haven't bought yet, but when I do it will be from Crucial or OWC (macsales.com). I have bought from Crucial in the past and they are a very good company, but OWC seems to be really popular on this forum and they have really good prices so I might check them out this time.
     
  11. utcoug macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2010
    #11
    Its a process (if you want it to be)

    Handbrake to encode, use AppleTV preset, MetaX to add tags and cover art. Works like a charm :)
     
  12. utcoug macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2010
    #12
    OWC 4GB RAM upgrade

    I purchased the 4GB RAM upgrade from OWC for the Mac Mini (mid 2010 2.4Ghz model) and I started to have some strange things happen with my display. The display would go white with noise (the video kind) after leaving the computer for awhile or after waking from sleep. I thought, "That's bizarre." Tested at 5GB (4GB + 1GB), thought it was because I wasn't using a matching pair so I removed the 1GB Apple stick and just kept the 4GB stick, still had the problem. I decided in the end to just send the upgrade back to OWC, and may just stick with Crucial as I have had good luck with them in the past. Good luck!:)
     
  13. utcoug macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2010
    #13
    Best upgrade for your Mini

    I would say the first upgrade should be RAM, and then the next should be SSD or SSD Hybrid. Those two things are going to bottleneck the system under full or heavy load. Your Mini should be purring for years with those upgrades as most Core 2 Duo processors are more than enough grunt for 90% of the population and their computer usage habits IMHO.:cool:
     
  14. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    #14
    Did you use the OWC brand RAM or other brand sold by OWC? I just ordered today the NuRAM 8GB kit 2x4gb for $145:D and tried to search for as much info on the NuRAM compatibility and couldn't find too many problems with it so decided to pull the trigger and go for it. It does have the lifetime warranty so hoping for the best. Can always return if any problems with it and go with Crucial. Will see if saving $20 will be worth it.:rolleyes:
     
  15. rb5505 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2010
    #15
  16. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    #16
    My 8gb kit will be arriving today!! Will post this afternoon how it goes.

    It is the NuRAM 2x4gb kit from OWC. :D :D
     
  17. xheathen thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2010
    #17
    Are you upgrading from 4gb or 2gb? I've really been wondering if 8gb is a noticeable difference. I'm pretty sure it would be if you are using RAM heavy programs like Photoshop, but I have nothing beyond my theory :)
     
  18. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

    b-rad g

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 2010
    #18
    I got the base configuration with the 2gb as I knew I could get RAM cheaper than from Apple. I have been reaching the 2gb with "light" use, so once I saw the 8gb kit for $145 I went for it.
     
  19. xheathen thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2010
    #19
    Cool! I'm really interested in how much that improves the performance since that's exactly the same model I purchased (also being my first mac).
     
  20. LowMach macrumors member

    Joined:
    May 7, 2008
    #20
    I have crucial ram and I get the white noise after sleeping sometimes but only in one monitor. I just hit a keyboard key and it comes back. Always used magic pad before. Does this get worse?

    Edit I have gskill ram actually. It had fantastic reviews on bay from Mac users.
     
  21. xheathen thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2010
    #21
    Mini got here and it is setup!

    My first impressions: wow, I really need to bone up on my OSx :) My wife is loving this thing which is a huge bonus for me.

    It's been REALLY smooth. What impressed me the most was that literally within 15 minutes of opening the box, she was rocking and rolling on the OS and messing with iTunes. So far I've been pretty impressed.

    I also just noticed today that the mini came with 4gb of ram instead of 2gb it said it would come with. So that's a huge +1 for refurbs!!!

    I do have one question for anyone who knows the answer (unless the answer is just "no" :p) - I accidentally mis-named the computer after me and not my wife. I changed the main and only admin roll to my wife's name and my wife's password, but the computer itself is still named after me. Is there any way short of a reinstall that I can change that? Maybe it's super easy and I'm just a mac noob :)
     
  22. Tomple macrumors 6502a

    Tomple

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2008
    Location:
    New York, New York
    #22
    congratulations!

    in response to you're question

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1428

    but i wouldn't recomend it as it can lead to nightmares down the line.

    MAKE SURE YOU BACKUP!
     
  23. xheathen thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2010
    #23
    You mean actually changing the user using the "root user" method can lead to issues?
     
  24. Madd the Sane macrumors 6502

    Madd the Sane

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2010
    Location:
    Utah
    #24
    You could create a separate account if you wanted.
     
  25. Baby Mac macrumors regular

    Baby Mac

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Location:
    Kentucky
    #25
    I picked up a second mini, this time a refurb, spec'ed as 2GB RAM, opened it up for the swap from my other mini with 8GB (too much), and I got 4GB total in the refurb'ed mini too!! Now my minis have 6GB rather than 5GB. Sweet!! :p
     

Share This Page