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Default About to buy a Mini for OSX - Need purchasing advice - 01-12-2010, 09:15 PM

Hello,

I have extensively Googled all of the questions below, but I need more information. I am about to buy a Dell Mini for use as a hackintosh. I am torn between:

- The Mini 10 which, with an integrated TV tuner, which is available for $300 at Staples (Dell Inspiron Mini 10.1" Netbook (Black) | StaplesĀ®)

I know there are problems with the OSX video driver. Are they a dealbreaker? Will they improve? Also, is the memory upgradeable past 1GB in the same manner as the 10V? Does the TV tuner work with OSX?

- The Mini 1012, which is supposedly now available, but I can't find it on Dell's Mini page. Will this be useable with OSX? It seems to be gettign off to a good start. Should I buy this one since it is the latest and greatest?

- The Mini 10V, which is the old Hackintosh standby?

The Mini 10 seems like a great deal for $300 and I am tempted to go grab it. The Mini 10V is also expedited shipping (48 hours) on Dell's website. What should I do? I'm looking to spend $300 on a decent hackintosh netbook. I am experienced with Macs and own a Power Mac and Macbook Pro for the hardcore stuff. I want to stay away from HP at all costs and I like Dell's hardware.

Thanks for your help,

Elgo
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Default 01-13-2010, 12:57 AM

We do not yet know if the 1012 can run OS X. I would not buy a 1010 if OS X is important. If you can hold off a week or two, perhaps the 1012-OS X question will be resolved. If you can't wait, buy a 10v (1011).


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Default 01-13-2010, 01:07 AM

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Default 01-13-2010, 01:45 AM

The Mini9 gets no respect anymore.......but seriously, even though it's not available new anymore it is one awesome netbook with it's own advantages for those who don't need a ton of storage, and I've seen a few used ones lately pimped out with 32-64Gig drives ready for OS X for around $300. I've become a serious fan of SSD's, but there is no argument that the only other choice at this point is the 10V.


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Default 01-13-2010, 04:18 AM

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The Mini9 gets no respect anymore.......but seriously, even though it's not available new anymore it is one awesome netbook with it's own advantages for those who don't need a ton of storage, and I've seen a few used ones lately pimped out with 32-64Gig drives ready for OS X for around $300. I've become a serious fan of SSD's, but there is no argument that the only other choice at this point is the 10V.
Very true...I picked up a mini9 when they first came out because they were so compatible with osx. The past few weeks i've been running w7 on it just for kicks. Decided to throw 10.6.2 on it today and it was painless. Running great with the stec 8gb...i'm waiting for the ssds to come downin price.
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Default 01-13-2010, 11:50 AM

If your hands are big the keyboard of the 9 might be too small for fast typing -- 89% of standard size. The 10v has about 93% size IIRC and that might make a difference.
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Default 01-13-2010, 02:15 PM

I love my Mini 9, but the 10v is not that much bigger and is still a current product (for a while.)


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Default 01-13-2010, 03:21 PM

Got both my 10vs off Ebay, already hackintoshed. Promptly broke the installs on both of them but was expecting I would and MDM showed me the way.
Seriously, a OSX'd 10V,N280, 2Gb ram, big battery, 160 Gb hdd, was for me at least a great deal off Ebay from a trusted seller for $400 back in November.

I would like HD in any future unit but the 10v is a great hackintosh.
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Default 01-13-2010, 04:24 PM

We frown on "already hackintoshed" Minis here as that is almost always a copyright violation. Did this seller include the original OS X DVD?


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Default 01-14-2010, 01:08 AM

I'd buy a used 10v. Not sure where you're located but on CL in my area (DC), there are month old 10v's for <$250.
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