Questions about the Mac Mini, a small form factor desktop computer manufactured by Apple Inc.

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Can Anyone Tell Me What This Weird Screen Means - New Mac Mini on First Startup

Hey I am setting up my stepfathers computer and I go to turn it on for the first time and this screen pops up. I've never seen it before, can anyone tell me what it means?
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Mac Mini wont boot beyond Apple logo.

I have a Mac Mini that will boot to the Apple logo and sometimes to the spinning circle but no farther. It is like that it starts to read the Hard Drive but then stops. The hard drive is good, I ...
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Can I simultaneously connect both a MacBook Pro and a Mac mini to the same Cinema Display 27?

I am about to buy a Led Cinema Display 27, but I wonder if I can connect both the Mac mini and my MacBook Pro without the need of unplugging the Mac mini all the time. From what I see there is just ...
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Repurpose PPC Mac Mini as video chat/fileserver/backup system?

I am about to replace an ageing G4 PPC Mac Mini with the latest model and have a couple of thoughts on repurposing the old hardware; I'm looking for advice/recommendations as to the ideas being ...
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Is it possible to backup Windows / Linux clients using Snow Leopard Server?

We're investigating the use of a Mac Mini Server + NAS for a small office. I know Mac computers can be backed up by this setup. Is it also possible to backup Windows / Linux clients with such a setup? ...
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Can Mac Mini Server be booted off either of its two disks?

Can a Mac Mini, Server edition, be booted off either of its two disks? I'm interested in having one disk with OSX Server on it, and the other a dual boot Linux/Windows, to get around OSX's fussiness ...
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Mac mini power cord [closed]

I somehow misplaced the power cord for my mac mini. It's the model from last year, so the one before the currently being sold model. Where can I get a replacement? Thanks.
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Two monitors with Mac Mini - one displays black despite receiving a signal

My Mac Mini outputs to my two new monitors - Dell U2311Hs. The LED on the bezel displays blue when receiving a signal, or yellow otherwise. Both screens are displaying blue. It also seems my Mini ...
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I need something like an EEE box, only with RAID 1

I need a silent, tiny computer which I would use as an SVN and LAMP server (only for development at home, not as a production environment). I need RAID 1 to ensure the safety of my data. Could you ...
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Formatting a hard disk previously formatted on Mac OS X with Windows

I am trying to format a USB hard disk previously formatted with a Mac Mini on Windows, but it doesn't let me format it. From the Microsoft Management Console, I was able to delete one partition, but ...
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MacMini - what is the actual model of the CPU?

I am thinking of buying a couple of MacMinis for iPhone development. I've looked at the specs for the computer on Apple's site, but it only lists the CPU as Core 2 Duo. This does not help a lot as ...
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Install consumer version of Mac OS X on Mac mini server?

There is a mislabeling of price for Mac mini Server with 8GB RAM in Taiwan. So many units of the mini is purchased by regular consumer. Since the server version of the OS does not have the Chinese ...
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Intel 1.83 Mac Mini upgraded to 1.5 gig for Snow Leopard

Even though I've upgraded countless video cards, RAM, harddrives, motherboards in PCs... this will be my first mac mini RAM upgrade. I've watched the classic "putty knife" video. (Absurd method... ...
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Mac mini.. some questions :)

I'm planning to buy a Mac mini with Snow Leopard Server and I have the following questions: If I'm running the server at home, and my ADSL modem disconnects and then connects again, do I have the ...
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How can I dual install Ubuntu 10.4 in a Mac Mini with 10.4.11?

I'd like to power-up my aging Mac Mini (1.5GHz Core Solo, 1GB RAM, Tiger 10.4.11) by installing a shiny Ubuntu alongside the current OS. After all, I use Ubuntu for everything save for cleaning my ...
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How do I keep my Mac from constantly going to sleep?

The system is a PowerPC Mac Mini running MacOS Tiger 10.4.11. When I login (I'm the admin), everything seems fine - until about 10-15 minutes later. Then the system goes into sleep mode. Each time I ...
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Which Linux distro for Mac Mini?

I recently received a Mac Mini and would like to set it up as a web server and git source server. I would like to learn Linux so am interested in setting up my Mac Mini with Linux instead of OSX. ...
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Mac Mini's internet very slow, every other device fine (PC, iPhone, Xbox 360)

I recently haven't used my Mac Mini for about 5 days (however it was left on). I seem to be able to connect and get great download / upload speeds through my PC, Xbox 360, iPhone and parents' laptop. ...
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Is a 2006 Mac Mini’s processor upgradeable to a Core 2 Duo?

I have a Mac Mini with Core Solo 1.5GHz, 512mb RAM, 60gb HDD, etc... I know, it's very old but since it's lying around here, I wanted to bump it up for general usage and some experimental iPhone ...
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Getting the most out of a Mac mini as a media center

I own an old Mac mini from 2006 (maybe early 2007). It's got an Intel Core Solo 32-bits CPU and 512 MB RAM. 160 GB HDD. The GPU is an integrated chip… Currently, my Mini is sitting under my LCD TV ...
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Any limitations for putting an SSD in a Mini? How fast would an external HDD be via Firewire? Is Server Edition worth the extra?

I'm considering getting a Mini for web programming. I do a lot of text searches so I want to put a SSD in it. Does the Mini have any limitations that might effect the performance of a SSD? I'm trying ...
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iPod OS version, Xcode version and Mac OS X version

My Mac OS X version is 10.5.8 Xcode 3.1.4 I hope to debug my app on the iPod Touch iPod OS version 3.1.3(7E18) Organizer told me that I need newest Xcode. I downloaded and try to install the newest ...
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Can I turn my Mac Mini into a Wi-Fi Hotspot without additional tool

I have an app need to test via wifi. I just wonder if there is a way to turn my Mac Mini into a Wi-Fi Hotspot without additional tool. I try to setup airport new network name is"mymacmini'. My iPod ...
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installing windows on mac mini

Please - please, don't start down voting after reading the question title. Hey ! Please first of read out the question. I brought a whole new mac mini as I am an iPhone developer - I prefer to use ...
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Components needed for VPN

We eventually got our Mac Mini Server. We now want to set up a small Remote Access VPN using this Mac Mini Server. Firstly we are not sure of the components needed additionally to the server to setup ...
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How can higher resolutions be set on OS X when no monitor is on or attached?

Most of the time, I just want to work on the Mac Mini via remote desktop. Is there a way to have it always use a higher resolution on bootup, even when it doesn't detect a display (it's on a KVM ...
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Advantages of Mac OS X Server over Mac OS X Client?

I'm debating buying a mac mini with the regular client OS or the model with the server os for the purposes of replacing my home server. Are there any advantages for such a use with the server os?
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How to use a DVI/HDMI monitor with Mac Mini's DisplayPort?

If I buy a Mac Mini, how can I use it with my Dell monitor? The Dell does not have a DisplayPort, only DVI and HDMI. I was looking at the Mac Minis and noticed they don't have DVI or VGA ports. ...
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How can I reduce the strain on my ports where large heavy adapters must plug in?

On the back of my Mac Mini are 2 video output ports. I am using both of them. They are the Mini DisplayPort and the Mini DVI port. I have 2 rather large adapters that convert from the newer style ...
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Mac Mini - Monitor gets no signal everytime Mac wakes from sleep

Everything works fine until the Mac goes to sleep, then upon waking it the monitor (Wacom Cintiq interactive pen display) gets no signal and I have to unplug it from the back of the mac and plug it in ...
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How to connect mac mini audio to Samsung HDTV?

I connected the video of my mac mini to my HDTV ok using a DVI->HDMI cable. But I just realized there is no audio. What audio cable will I need? The spec of the mac mini on Apple website said that ...
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Mac Mini connecting to Airport Extreme at only 802.11a, how to push to 802.11b/g/n?

My Mac Mini is capable of 802.11a/b/g. I have an Airport Extreme that is capable of 802.11a/b/g/n. The Mini connects at only 802.11a. It is close and has a very strong signal. How do I push the ...
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Getting a microphone to work on a Mac Mini

I just bought a new microphone, and plugged it into the back of my Mac Mini. I can't seem to get it to work. I went to System Preferences > Sound > Input, and the only device I see listed is "line ...
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Random software/shutdown problems Mac mini

I have a Mac mini using OS X 10.5.8. Recently I've been having problems that are becoming increasingly severe. Particular symptoms: Firefox "quits" but the dot on the dock remains. If I try ...
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How to upgrade OS on Mac Mini with external USB Drive?

We have a G4 Mac Mini, circa 2005, running Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, and we want to upgrade to 10.5 Leopard. We have a Leopard install disk, but the optical drive in this mini is broken. So we ...
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Can't Get Mac Mini to turn on - no screen, no beep, only the fan, power light, and optical drive noise

I have an Intel-based Mac mini mid-2007 (Model A1176). This is the computer my kids use so I don't use it regularly. The computer had been working fine until one day my kids told me that it no ...
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Using Laptop Screen as a monitor

I am planning to buy a Mac Mini. I have a Windows laptop and wanted to get a Mac. But my job requires me to move every 3-4 months, so don't want to get a monitor that I will have to carry around all ...
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Understanding Mac Mini Hardware

From my previous questions http://superuser.com/questions/32104/postmortem-of-an-iphone Above link describes what is there an iPhone internally ? ...
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Any way to drive 2 monitors from a 2008 Mac mini?

Is there any way that I can use two monitors (both DVI/VGA capable) from a Mac Mini with a single DVI port? Any free solutions?
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External hard drive that gets its power supply from the PC

I need an external drive to connect to my MacMini. I've been using an 80gb 2.5 drive in an enclosure and it's fine, but now I need a 1.5TB drive. Unfortunately all the 1.5TB drives I found need a ...
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Boot Camp Windows XP won't boot with no monitor attached

I'm using Boot Camp to run Windows XP on a pre-2009 Mac Mini. The problem is that if no monitor is attached XP won't boot. From Googling I think this is a known problem and it seems to be because Boot ...
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Can I watch DVDs from different regions on a Mac mini using multiple drives?

I would like to watch DVDs from two different regions on a Mac mini. Can I do this by connecting an external DVD drive and using the internal drive for one region and the external for the other? Are ...
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MacMini spits out a blank DVD

I pop in a DVD+R blank, but my MacMini spits it out. My MacMini is one gen old (1.83 Mhz, Core2 Duo chip). I thought it support DVD+R. I popped it several blanks just to make sure, it's not the ...
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How can I tell a fresh ubuntu 9.0.4 install to boot from an external Mac OS X usb drive?

I have a reformatted Mac mini containing only a fresh install of Ubuntu 9.0.4. The Apple boot loader as been removed, so I can't hold down option, or the c key to get it to reboot form the install ...
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Using Mac mini as wifi router

I have a Mac mini (leopard/4gb ram/2.0ghz core duo) that is currently acting as my NAS and is also connected to my tv as a htpc (netflix, eyetv, etc.). I'm wondering if I can get rid of my wifi ...
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Mac Mini as a DVR

I have my Mac Mini attached to my HD LCD TV. Is there any hardware/software available for me to use my Mac mini as a DVR/PVR that has similar functionality to Tivo. The Mac mini's form factor is small ...
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Mac Mini won't boot and won't fix

I have one of the original Mac Mini - a PowerPC one - that after the last software update will no boot - it gets to the grey screen and hangs their forever with the 'loading' icon rotating. I've ...
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Are Mac Minis suitable for a proper desktop computer?

I've read about a lot of people using their Mac Minis as a file server, or media centre or something similar. Does the mini function alright as a standard desktop PC? The Mac will be used primarily ...
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Monitor sometimes does not go to sleep on a Mac

I have Mac mini with the latest Leopard + all patches. I've set it up for the monitor to go to sleep after 5 minutes of inactivity, but it just won't turn off. The trouble started last week after ...
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How can I force my Mac Mini to eject a DVD

Today I put a movie DVD into my Mac Mini, but the Finder doesn't show it => the Mac doesn't seem to know it is there. How can I force an eject? Note: Booting with all kinds of keys CMD, ALT, Apple ...