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Ted74
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:58 pm    Post subject: Only gone and done it... Reply with quote

Well, after thinking about it for months, and looking for a Mini over the last fews days... I've agreed on a price for a 2nd Mini Smile

I got so bogged down with what I wanted, what I wanted it for and how much I should be spending, I just went and made a couple of rash purchases this evening.

2nd Hand Mac Mini 2GB Intel Core, 2GB Mem & 120GB drive - £380
Brand New Apple Wireless Bluetooth Mighty Mouse - £34.50
Apple Store Refurbished Wireless Bluetooth keyboard - £39
Apple Store Brand new personalised 32GB Ipod touch – £234

Know I paid a little over the odds for the ipod, but our first one so wanted it personalised, and to be sure it would be current & right. As for the other Mini, what do you guys think?

Appreciate feedback, good, bad or ugly Laughing

Might see me posted a little on the forum now, Especially when I start considering adding 1TB of external storage!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi - and welcome to another UK mini owner!

Is that actually a 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo? Not a bad UK price, if it's in good condition with the original System Discs, box and Superdrive (DVD-writer).

First thing (if you're up for this sort of thing) would be to upgrade the RAM (to 4GB?) and HD (to 500GB?) A "reasonable" DIY job, once you've.... opened the case! See here.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Ted,

Welcome to the forum and to our band of UK based 123macmini members Smile

I think the early 2.0Ghz Core2Duo's were limited to 2GB (possible 3GBs) so probably best to check before doing any upgrades.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

they can take 3 gb of ddr2 667 ram. click the apple upper left gets you to about this mac click more info You will see

Hardware Overview:

Model Name: Mac mini

Model Identifier: Macmini3,1 or

Macmini2,1 or

Macmini1,1

the 3,1 model is the newest 8gb ram pair of 4gb ddr3 1066mhz sticks is the max

the 2,1 is the 2006-2008 model 4gb ram pair of 2gb ddr2 667mhz sticks but only uses 3.1gb so a 1gb and a 2gb to total 3gb is a good cost savings
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the club house, Ted and congrats on the purchases. As Cypher said, there are a few Brit regulars here. We'll be passing round the cups of tea and the cucumber sandwiches a bit later... Wink Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks all - can't wait to go and pick the thing up, but have agreed with seller that I'll wait till my mouse & keyB have arrived and we can pair them at his house (good way of seeing the machine running before I part with the cash!). Will just have to make some more team and cucumber sandwiches while I wait for the Queens postman to call - Laughing Laughing

As for the upgrade information, very useful thanks. May wait and see if I do need to upgrade as yet, all I have planned is Music and Photo media server and general internet access. Will need to add storage thou, 500Gb won't be enough so I'll look for a firewire external drive I think. The TimeCap look good, but quite expensive so may look at another drive.

Will post how I get on later this week, it will be my very first time of seeing a Mac run, let alone using one Shocked

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Mighty Mouse arrived yesterday, loverly looking thing, now just need the Mini to use it Laughing

So excited I could crush a grape (you’ll have to be in the UK to get that one!)
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