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Memory setup is a bit of a concern
Authored by: robg on Jan 12, '05 10:54:52AM

I picked the $599 model, and will more than likely do so -- I'll sell our aging G3/500 iBook which is currently a music server, and replace it with the mini.

I say "more than likely," though, as I'm somewhat torn about the one-slot memory configuration: 1gb is a nice amount, but the RAM is not user-installable (well, you could probably void your warranty and do it yourself). Apple wants $425 for a 1gb RAM upgrade, which is nearly the cost of the machine!

So if/when I do purchase, I won't do so through the Apple store. Instead, I'll visit a local dealer, who can offer much better RAM prices. That should lower the upgrade cost substantially.

The thing is just so dang small, it's amazing....

-rob.



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Memory setup is a bit of a concern
Authored by: lavar78 on Jan 12, '05 02:25:21PM

I think the best option is to order the $499 version, bump up the hard drive to 80GB for $50, and then upgrade to 512MB RAM for $75. It'll have a slower processor than the $599 one, but, if you don't care about that, it's basically a RAM upgrade for $25. 512MB isn't ideal, but it's usable.



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Memory setup is a bit of a concern
Authored by: pakkman781 on Jan 12, '05 04:13:55PM

If I hadn't already bought my eMac a few months ago, I would definately get the mini instead! But, I don't like the RAM problem though.

I'm going to try to get an iPod Shuffle(because I can't afford the real iPod!) and iWork.

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Memory setup is a bit of a concern
Authored by: RideMan on Jan 13, '05 11:20:51PM

Anybody know what kind of memory the mini takes? It would be really wonderful if I could use the 512Mb memory out of my 12" PowerBook in a Mini to make room for 1Gb in the PowerBook...

(I'm thinking about the PVR/media server idea that someone else mentioned!)



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Doubt it
Authored by: Thom on Jan 14, '05 09:47:53AM

Uhm, from the pictures it looked like a more full length DIMM is in the Mini. PowerBooks use a much smaller chip for form factor. (Sorry)



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Memory setup is a bit of a concern
Authored by: andrewv on Jan 18, '05 12:41:22AM
Hi Rob,

You've certainly been closer to a Mac mini than I have, so you might have more insight into it, but I don't see anything indicating that the RAM is not user-installable like on every other Apple computer. Various speculation and rumours are spreading around the internet...

Check this: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=300572

Also, Apple's Mac mini design page shows the lid removed, and you can see the DIMM right there.

All indications say it's a no brainer. They wouldn't say "should be installed by an AASP" if they really meant "must."



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Memory setup is a bit of a concern
Authored by: newbish on Jan 23, '05 01:51:52PM
I've come across a number of references saying changing the memory on your own will not void your warranty on the MiniMac.

But opening a MiniMac is not as easy as regular desktop Macs, and if you damage the unit in the process, you do void the warranty! So unless you are confident in your ability to crack open various pieces of expensive hardware, it's probably best to avoid trying this yourself.

For those who are really curious about what it takes to open one, here's a link to a video where you can see for yourself.

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