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Default newbie questions - 09-10-2010, 03:26 AM

sorry if these questions are covered elsewhere but two friends of mine want to purchase a macbook but are hungup about the price.
i want to know asap if a mini 10v is a viable option to paying thru the nose for a real macbook.

so here goes?\
1 are they still sold or discontinued?
2. are they a reliable replacement for a small macbook?
3. whats the typical price in canada for the mini 10 v plus the osx 10.6 software/os?
4. can u buy them w/o an operating system to make them cheaper?
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Default 09-10-2010, 11:55 AM

Welcome to the forums.

1. I dunno about Canada, but the 10v is mostly discontinued in the US. You can still find it new, but it's not widely available.

4. The 10v isn't available without an OS. In the past, some might've come with Ubuntu Linux, instead of Windows, but I don't think they were any cheaper.


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Default 09-10-2010, 12:19 PM

hey reflex, so you dont even use mac osx, just ubuntu? i would personally do the same but my buddies want mac.
so is 1 gb ram enough for ubuntu?
i assume any mini 10 v can b upgraded to 2 gb , as they must be regular so-dimms?
dell doesnt seem to stock mini 10 v anymore so where r they available? is it just old stock getting sold and they r discontinued?
are dell mini 10 v the only brand compatible with mac osx or are the sony and other brands in same reference mobo or whatever also compatible?
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Default 09-10-2010, 12:44 PM

The 10V can be upgraded to 2GB, though you have to pretty completely disassemble it to do so. It takes standard DDR2 533MHz SO-DIMMs. Dell does not sell Minis without an OS.

I suggest you read through the extensive OS X section of the forum. You'll see that the Mini 10V (1011) and Mini 9 (910) are the most compatible with OS X. A newer Mini 10 model (1012) has met with some success by some - there is a long thread on the 1012 and I suggest you read through it.


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Default 09-10-2010, 12:46 PM

The 10v has a single RAM slot, that accepts a standard laptop DDR2 module, up to 2GB (should be 533MHz/PC2-4200 or faster). The base 1GB RAM is enough for modest use of most modern OSs. But I'd recommend 2GB for a computer that'll get used alot.

I don't use OSX, that's why I didn't try to answer all of your questions. But I know a little about hackitoshes (very little ).

People install OSX on many different netbooks. The Dell Mini 10v is one of the best and most popular choices for OSX. As for other netbooks, I'm afraid I don't know enough to recommend any, but you can start by looking for older models with N270 or N280 Atom CPUs and GMA950 graphics (like the 10v). Make sure to research any candidate models carefully.


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