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updating my old mac mini

zoran

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What is the max OS my old mac mini can hold up to and what other optimisations can i make so it can become more to date :)
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zoran

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Before doing any hardware updates, whats the max OSX update i can make with the existent config?
 
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Kamolas

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El Capitan, the only requirement is at least 2 GB of memory, which you do have.
 
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zoran

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I have ElCap dmg install file... what should i do with it in order to make the installation?
 
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restart, command R while hearing the chime, select .dmg either the USB or DVD and follow instructions.
 
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zoran

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Hold down the option key while booting. You will probably need an wired, official Apple keyboard to do this however.
Holding the option key will only show the boot disk, I can't see the usb drive
 
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Kamolas

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do you want a clean install of el capitan or do you want to upgrade from your current version?
Or do you want to keep your current version and create a partition on the disk and install el Capitan there?
 
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zoran

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I guess running the dmg file and making the installation from inside the OS seems to be the simplest way, so i guess thats what ill do. I dont mind if its a clean installation or not, nor am i interested in haveing a dedicated partition for elCap ;-)
 
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Kamolas

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Yes, it is the simplest way. Making a backup before is recommended.
Dont you want to upgrade to an SSD? They are cheap now and it will give your mini a new life.
 
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zoran

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Probably will go for an SSD but not at the moment ;-) Dont know what kind of memory i need for the mini nor how much they cost!
 
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zoran

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I made the upgrade to elCapitan but at boot, I cannot get the wireless keyboard and mouse to connect via blue tooth. Its kinda strange that this happens, I mean bluetooth should be working... i wonder if this might be some update that I haven't done yet!
 
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zoran

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I have upgraded to ElCap and the Mac mini goes very very slow! I cannot work in any way!
I booted from the SnowLeopard bootable dvd to go back to SLeop, and the system will not allow to run the installation file!
This is crazy! :mad:
 
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Kamolas

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I recommended you an SSD, the hard drive disk is showing its age. A ram upgrade is also recommended, at least to 4 Gb.
I dont think you can return to snow leopard from el capitan now. You probably can only erase the disk and install SL again or create a partition if you want to keep el cap.
 
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zoran

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How can i create an extra partition without loosing my data?
 
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Kamolas

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On Disk Utility. Select Partition, type the name and the size you want for it, select Mac OS extended journaling for the format.
 
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zoran

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By that way im not erasing the existing partition?
 
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Kamolas

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Yes. Partitions and their creation or management are done with disk utility.
 
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