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Default Some basic beginniner n00b questions - 05-17-2009, 06:30 PM

Cheers everyone!

Until Apple releases a Netbook of their own, I want to take the plunge and buy a DELL Mini 9 so I can install Mac OS X on it! Still ... I am a bit confused.

1. 1GB RAM is the max I can get from DELL if I order. How are peeps getting 2GB RAM on their Mini 9's?

2. 16GB is the max (I think) I can configure the SSD from DELL. How are folks getting higher capacity SSDs? Aftermarket, obviously ... but where, may I ask? Prices?

Thanks so much! I have breathed new life into my forum name.

EDIT: Oh ... I see here I can get some upgrades. Now why in the hell doesn't DELL offer better RAM or HD upgrades? Is the RAM for the Mini 9 just one stick or a bank? Are these peripherals easy to upgrade?
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Default 05-17-2009, 06:54 PM

1) 1 GB is the max Dell offers. We all go aftermarket for the 2 GB.
2) Dell did at one point offer a 64 GB SSD. I guess due to demand or something, it's no longer available. Aftermarket is the way to go. If you need performance, Runcore is apparently the way to go. I personally have a 32 GB SuperTalent SSD that I bought of Newegg. Not the fastest, but it has been reliable.


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Default 05-17-2009, 07:02 PM

Hey thanks, Anguish ...

As I peruse the forums more, I am noticing some really helpful upgrade threads.

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Default 05-17-2009, 07:12 PM

There are tons of helpful threads.. I learned an amazing amount here..


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Default 05-17-2009, 07:12 PM

Microsoft doesn't want to sell XP anymore, so they place restrictions on how OEMs can configure systems with XP. For example, 1GiB max RAM and 16GB max SSD. But Microsoft doesn't limit how the user can upgrade it themselves.

If you opt for Linux on your Mini 9, you can get 2GiB of RAM and a 32GB SSD from the factory. And at one point, Dell even offered a 64GB SSD with Linux.

So, if you want alot of RAM or a big SSD, you need to buy a loaded Linux Mini 9 or upgrade it yourself, which is incredibly easy.

The Mini 9 takes a single, standard laptop DDR2 module (2GiB max). The SSD is somewhat proprietary, but several manufacturers make upgrades, just make sure it's designed for the Mini 9.


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Default 05-17-2009, 08:05 PM

Duh.. Reflex is right. I forgot the Ubuntu version had a max of 2 GB..


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Default 05-17-2009, 08:35 PM

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Duh.. Reflex is right. I forgot the Ubuntu version had a max of 2 GB..
Yeah, if I go with a DELL Mini 9, I'm thinking to save money, I should select the Ubuntu configuration with 1GB RAM, the smallest SSD drive (4, I think), BT enabled, and 1.3 Camera.

I'd install 2GB RAM from Newegg, and order a RunCore 64GB SSD, & install OS X on it (per the suggested methods here on the forums).

Oh, and I found this YouTube video very interesting / informative on this as well. What do you think?

Another question I had was whether or not to splurge on the DELL Warranty. Does upgrading my hardware and converting the Mini 9 into a Hackintosh void the DELL warranty, making the issue moot?

Thanks again for the help!



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Default 05-17-2009, 09:45 PM

Dell won't help you with any Hackintosh issues. If you call for help they will ask you to run the Dell Diagnostics that came with it. I would skip the service contract and assume that any failures would occur within the first year warranty.


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Default 05-17-2009, 11:04 PM

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Dell won't help you with any Hackintosh issues. If you call for help they will ask you to run the Dell Diagnostics that came with it. I would skip the service contract and assume that any failures would occur within the first year warranty.
That's a good assumption, to be realistic. My thoughts are that if I do encounter a weird hardware anomaly within the first year of ownership, I could always reinstall the original SSD.

So ... here's what I see so far:

DELL Mini 9 configured Obsidian Black, 1 GB RAM, 8GB drive, Windows XP (on second thought - because I'm not really a Linux geek and in case my Hackintosh plans go awry, I'll want an OS that is familiar) , camera, bluetooth, & 1 year warranty all comes to $349.

Upgrade to 2GB RAM from Newegg = $30
Upgrade to 64GB RunCore SSD = $230
Mac OS X retail box via Amazon.com = $106

My Mini 9 Hackintosh project = $715 so far. Still hundreds less than a Macbook! And folks wonder why bother with OS X on a Mini?

Now I have a couple more questions.

1. Is 64GB enough space for dual booting Win 7?

2. No one knows yet for sure, I've read, but should I wait until we know if the DELL Mini 10v is hackable with OSX?

Cheers!


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Default 05-18-2009, 02:33 PM

64GB is lots of space for Win7 and something else.
I would wait for confirmation that the 10v is Hackintosh-able if that's important to you.


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