The current offer for my mac mini is ~$200 down in 5 months from what I paid at around $400 with tax. Irritating aint it? Well, I’m a Mac owner and I don’t want a paperweight so it’s time to upgrade.
I’m taking a risk the optical drive (slot loading) will fit. it is a blue Writer which complies with the expected system requirement this machine is shifting to. it is 120 with free shipping from MCE technologies
I also got a memory boost to this system’s stated limet of 3gb when the chippies are 4 gb. it was $65 with tax which was less than the $69.99 pluss shipping.
I add one 500GB 7200 rpm Hard drive as I’ve owned a fancy machine before it’s a speed boost from 5400 to 7200rpm which helps. 59 ish with tax
the stated price to install a optical drive and memory plus update the system to what is within current is $99 at a certified repair place -even if what I am attempting isn’t stadard nor fully supported…. however I’m adding a drive to this repair order which means fresh installation and thee worst nightmare possible 45 minutes more on the 80 an hour rate if they are nice or 1bout $!65 and I’ll be offering something by way of tip. this means I bought this machine all over again BUT
and this is a big but.
but I gain a fully functional personal video recorder in a ITX format sized machine with FULL computer control not partial. all for about 100 more than what I’d have originally spent. you may reference the itx brittish place for a kit. and as it’s under 100 ish dollars for the difference of a used name brand versus new knockoff running linux or bullshit windows… you can decide for yourself if I did good with
Mac Mini 2,1 1.83 (you can overclock it to double that nearly cpu speed BUT you risk it melting. 1 gb ram at pc 5300 or ddr2 667mhz make damn sure you get mac compatable memory…which is upgrading to 3gb ram stated which is this machines limit…the videocard is NOT upgradable but can display in real time 1200 x 1000 resolution or HD quality if lowend. the hard drive from 80gb to 500 allows upwards of 60 hrs hd recording. the os must jump from 10.6.8 to 10.7.5 so as to allow the stupid ass adobe flash to display youtube videos again…the whole reason for this upgrade believe it or not… save that for a few pennies I can record tv and enjoy the net for a few more years.
and it’s a mac not some other piece of shit you waste your life trying to get to work when it should to begin with. I knew it was a gamble when I bought it but, I didn’t have 50 more bucks to spend. SO, I get to entirely rehab it 5 months later 😀 that’s how gambles work