updating my old mac mini

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  1. zoran macrumors 68040

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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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  2. Kamolas macrumors member

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    El Capitan (10.11). You can upgrade memory up to 8 GB ( 2 X 4 GB DDR3 1066 MHz ) and you can upgrade to an SSD.
     
  3. zoran thread starter macrumors 68040

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

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    El Capitan, the only requirement is at least 2 GB of memory, which you do have.
     
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  6. zoran thread starter macrumors 68040

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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.
     
  8. zoran thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Command R is not working
     
  9. tpivette89 macrumors 6502

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    Hold down the option key while booting. You will probably need an wired, official Apple keyboard to do this however.
     
  10. zoran thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Holding the option key will only show the boot disk, I can't see the usb drive
     
  11. tpivette89 macrumors 6502

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    I guess you didnt create the thumbdrive as a bootable disk? I always do this when making OSX installers, makes things easier.
     
  12. Kamolas macrumors member

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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?
     
  13. zoran thread starter macrumors 68040

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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 ;-)
     
  14. Kamolas macrumors member

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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.
     
  15. zoran thread starter macrumors 68040

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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 thread starter macrumors 68040

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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!
     
  18. zoran thread starter macrumors 68040

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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:
     
  19. Kamolas macrumors member

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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.
     
  20. zoran thread starter macrumors 68040

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    How can i create an extra partition without loosing my data?
     
  21. Kamolas macrumors member

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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.
     
  22. zoran thread starter macrumors 68040

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    By that way im not erasing the existing partition?
     
  23. zoran thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Are u suggesting that this can be done with disk utility?
     
  24. Kamolas macrumors member

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

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