What to do with a Mac Mini mid 2010?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Larvas, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. Larvas macrumors member

    Larvas

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    Hey guys,

    the local computer repair shop screwed up my old quad core 8gb mac mini, and now I got a Mid 2010 model with a Core2Duo P8600 and 4gb RAM in it, paired with my old 240GB SSD.

    It runs High Sierra, but I'm honestly not planning to recover my files and apps on to it, since I don't believe it can properly run Photoshop, Firefox and Scrivener as my old one. I mean, sure, it can run it, but it's going to be a pain in the ass.

    I see that you can sell it for around 200 eur on Ebay, which is not that much, so I was planning on keeping it, I just don't know what to do with it.

    Is there a list available of some things which one could do with an older computer?

    Thanks...
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    And oh, just to be quicker then the guys with the "old mac" jokes. I don't need a door stopper and I don't need (another) toilet paper holder :)
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  2. pl1984 Suspended

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    If you're searching for a use for it I would recommend you sell it for €200.
     
  3. deviant macrumors 65816

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    dude, literally search in google WHAT TO DO WITH AN OLD COMPUTER
     
  4. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    My Mini 2010 is used as kind of a Smart TV running Windows 10. Ok, it was a bit painful finding bootcamp drivers in packages downloaded from Apple website, but in the end it works. I tried to use it as a work machine, but it lags with two 1080p displays running Netbeans, Chrome and other stuff simultaneously. But I wouldn't call it slow. With only one monitor, after replacing Chrome with Opera (blocking all ads and cryptocurrency scripts) I think it would be pretty usable.
     
  5. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    You could totally donate it to my classroom :D

    That aside, it would make a decent set-top computer for a TV if you have a desire for something like that. You can also use it a a low-power home server for iTunes.
     
  6. F-Train macrumors 65816

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    I used my last old computer to play with Arch Linux.
     
  7. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    The Mini at your signature is the 2012 quad-core one? Where did you find 16GB DDR3 sticks?
     
  8. F-Train, Dec 10, 2018
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    F-Train macrumors 65816

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    No, it's 2018. Look at what the signature says about the mini's GPU and monitor :)
     
  9. harriska2 macrumors 65816

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    Sold our 2010 for $290 - it had 8gb memory and a 256 ssd. The guy that bought it was using it for programming.
     
  10. CLS727 macrumors regular

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  11. brdeveloper macrumors 68020

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    I was thinking on buying an (already found brand new) AirPort Time Capsule for backing up all my Apple stuff, but I've just discovered that High Sierra allows sharing space as an wireless time machine. I remember I looked for this before High Sierra, and thought Apple would never allow that.

    In short: just ordered an OWC Data Doubler for using an extra HDD on my Mini 2010 (on the dvd drive place). I'm planning installing a 4TB HDD, which may be enough for backing up all Apple devices I own.
     

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