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Join Date: Nov 2008
Re: How stable really is OS X (on the mini 9)? - 03-12-2009, 08:34 PM
I have had this install running on my mini for about 4 months. When I bought the mini the biggest hard drive available was 16 gb and there were no after market drives available. If I were to buy one now I would get the base model with unbuntu and the 4gb SSD and upgrade it with aftermarket ram and a Runcore SSD. I have upgraded/changed the drivers once so far and that's about it. In reality its been just as reliable as my Intel iMac. Only one Apple update caused me any problems and that knocked out my wireless and all I had to do was rerun the driver disk aka type 11. Osx really flies on the mini9 and there are very few limitations. The Apple dvd player does not work although I think someone found a workaround or you can use the vlc player. When resuming from sleep you need to hit any key on the keyboard because it thinks the 0 key is stuck. I can play most media just fine and even stream uncompressed dvd's over my network without any stuttering. Hulu playback sometimes is a bit flaky but watchable. I run MS Office on here and have a large spread sheet that I use in Excel and the mini handles it just fine. As a matter of fact since I have blue tooth I often hook up the mini to my 46" lcd and use that as a monitor while sitting on the couch. I take this little guy with me all the time now and couldn't be happier. One time I had it running in the car (with the lid closed on the passenger seat) playing music and had to hit the brakes rather hard. The mini9 went flying, slammed into the dashboard and dropped on to the floor. It never missed a beat and since its ssd the sudden stop didn't destroy the hard drive. As a matter of fact there is not a scratch on it. I can't say what I will think of the mini9 three years down the road but so far I really like it. Despite all the abuse I and my children have dished out the mini9 and Mac osx have been rock solid : . Does that answer your question?
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Join Date: Oct 2008
Re: How stable really is OS X (on the mini 9)? - 03-12-2009, 09:00 PM
I ran it for about ten days, mostly for the experience of installing it to the Mini. I'm happy with Windows on it (and even moreso now with Windows 7), but in those ten days it was very stable. If you absolutely need hibernation or the three-in-one card reader (and not just SD), obviously you need to look elsewhere, but if you can get past those two issues, OS X runs fine.
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Re: How stable really is OS X (on the mini 9)? - 03-12-2009, 09:12 PM
I've had Windows XP (reloaded by me, not the Dell load), Windows 7 Beta and Mac OS X 10.5.6 on my Mini 9 since I received it last November. Other than a few settings dialog boxes being too large for the screen, OS X seems to provide the best netbook experience of the three. In my opinion it seems the least hampered by the available speed and the small screen.
The install really isn't that difficult if you read the step by step guide. It was actually a lot easier than I ever imagined and makes me think about trying it with my primary work laptop and then installing Parallels or Fusion to run the Windows only programs that I need to use.
I have had a few hiccups with getting all my videos to play, but with a little research that was all resolved. A few other things popped up here and there, but one of the problems were related to running OS X on the mini. They were all due to my lack of knowledge pertaining to OS X. As I educate myself more, the problems seem to be easily fixed.
The only remaining issue to me is the amount of space a default OS X install takes up when compared to XP or Win7. I have enough space on my 16 GB STEC after removing the printer drives to do everything I want, but it still seems like it takes up a lot of space for an OS install.
Now that I've learned what all needs to be installed to get the OS X install to be the way I like it, I may wipe it and see how low I can get the disk footprint using the Custom install options.
In short, if you want to try OS X without the expense of buying a MAC, the Mini 9 is a great way to do it.
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