Questions tagged [mac-mini]

Apple's small form factor desktop computer. It first debuted on January 22, 2005.

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High Sierra - The path /System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg appears to be missing or damaged

Got the following error The path /System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg appears to be missing or damaged while upgrading Mac Mini (Late 2012) to High Sierra. The only option on the screen ...
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Thunderbolt -> Triple Monitor Mac Mini?

It seems the new Mac Mini uses both HDMI and Thunderbolt, but bandwidth limitations of Thunderbolt may prevent using 3 daisy-chained Thunderbolt high resolution monitors such as the newly released ...
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Restart Screen Sharing Service on Mac mini Server

I'm running Mac OS X (think it's Snow Leopard - 10.6.7) on a Mac mini. I'm trying to connect remotely from an iMac (this has been working fine in the past, for some time). When I click "Share Screen......
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Can I use a non-Apple keyboard with OS X?

Recently I've been thinking about the idea of migrating from PC to Mac, specifically Mac Mini. The biggest issue however is hardware, since I'm not sure what will and what won't work on OS X. First ...
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Is it possible to use a Mac Mini with a laptop monitor?

I want to buy a Mac Mini and I want to use it with my laptop monitor. My laptop is Lenovo Y510P. I searched some documents for using Mac Mini with laptop monitor and I only found a solution to using ...
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Several users simultaneously on a Mac mini

We are a small team of developers and we would like to buy a Mac mini in order to develop for iOS. We would like to know if it is possible for several users to log in remotely to the Mac mini (using ...
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How to install Windows 7 on Mac mini server?

Previously I installed Windows 7 on a Macbook Air without problems using Boot Camp Assistant and the excellent directions here. Now I am trying to install Windows 7 on a Mac mini server and I ...
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Can a Mac Mini drive three monitors?

I'm the owner of three Samsung SyncMaster 245BW monitors (resolution: 1920 x 1200). I'm interested in getting a Mac Mini and was wondering if I'll be able to connect the Mac Mini to all three monitors ...
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Use Dell Inspiron laptop monitor as only monitor for mac mini [duplicate]

I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop and I am planning on purchasing a mac mini, new version , I am tight on money for a while and want to use my current laptop screen as monitor for mac mini, I just ...
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How many displays can a Mac Mini 2014 drive

How many displays can a Mac Mini 2014 drive? Given that the Mac Mini now has 2 thunderbolt + 1 HDMI video outputs, it would be able to drive 3 monitors right? It ofcourse depends on the resolutions. ...
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Dual screen setup Apple Cinema Displays Mac mini

How do I connect dual screen setup on a Mac Mini? Mac Mini: Late (2012) Apple Cinema Display 27" Apple ThunderBolt Display 27" ThunderBolt Port: Apple ThunderBolt Display 27" Tried two different ...
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Reset PRAM in MacMini 3,1 (Early 2009) and now it won't boot at all, but powers on and chimes

I was having problems booting to Apple Hardware Test and decided to reset the PRAM. Big mistake; now it won't boot at all. It's a Mac Mini 3,1 (Early 2009) running El Capitan. PRAM reset chimed twice. ...
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External hard disc not ejected properly

I have a late 2012 Mac mini running OS X 10.8.2. My iTunes library lives on an external Seagate drive, which has its own power supply. When my Mac mini goes to sleep it will frequently wake up with ...
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Force the resolution on a headless mac mini server

I have a Mac Mini server running Mavericks. It has no monitor connected. I use Remote Desktop on my laptop (also running Mavericks) for I/O to my server. When I use Remote Desktop and go Full ...
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Apple Magic Mouse is discoverable, but not pairing

Just got Apple Magic Mouse from eBay. I cannot figure how to pair it with my Mac Mini: it's discovering fine, but when I click on Pair button, my Mac is thinking for a little while and says: "Couldn't ...
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Very slow performance under Yosemite on Mac mini caused by systemstatsd

I've got a late-2009 Mac mini that has begun to perform very poorly after some time on Yosemite. Safari takes about a minute to launch occasionally, as an example. Granted, I've got a number of ...
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Is there a way to power up a Mac Mini remotely?

Is there ANY way to Power Up a Mac Mini remotely? Just to be clear, I don´t mean wake up from sleep but boot up.
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Lost ability to choose 3440x1440 resolution after Yosemite upgrade

I have an LG 34UM95 connected via TB on a Late 2012 mac mini. After the Yosemite install, I no longer have the option of choosing 3440x1440 resolution in the Displays preferences. It worked just ...
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IR won't activate screen on 10.8.3 Mountain Lion Mac Mini

I use my Mini for home theatre, but the IR won't active the screen. Using Screen Sharing will activate the screen. I see others have reported this issue with 10.8.2 that went away with 10.8.3. Alas 10....
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How to Install OS X on new hard drive on a Late 2012 Mac mini

I have a Late 2012 Mac mini. I want to replace the hard drive with a SSD. The computer place wants to charge $99 for installing the OS on top of the $129 for installing the new SSD. The tech said I ...
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OS X Mavericks wakes my Mac from sleep every hour or so

Ever since upgrading to Mavericks, it looks like my Mac Mini wakes from sleep about once an hour or so. In the Console, I get the following message: Oct 30 02:12:06 gary-mac WindowServer[93]: ...
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is it worth it to install SSD internally, instead of using USB3?

I prefer to keep my boot drive external, so that I can quickly boot using another Mac if my primary Mac fails. I use a USB3 drive dock to connect the drive to my Macs. I bought a 120GB SSD w/SATA3 (6....
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Is is possible to use remote desktop to a Mac via direct cable or wireless?

I develop on Windows, but I need a Mac for iPhone development. So I'm thinking of getting a Mac mini or a MacBook for the Mac part, and connecting to it as needed from my Windows machine. A mini, in ...
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Mac Mini won't wake after sleep with Mountain Lion

I have a late 2012 Mac Mini with Mountain Lion installed. I have had the Mini for around 6 weeks and am using as a media server. When the Mini goes to sleep (either automatically or by manually ...
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Mac wakes up from sleep every night and then goes back to sleep immediately

I've had my Mac Mini for about six months now. Every night, I put it to Sleep rather than shutting it down. Since about two weeks ago, the Mac Mini wakes up from sleep around 1 to 3 am, once a night, ...
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Mac Mini 2010: DualBoot (BootCamp) OSX Mavericks + Windows 8.1

Before Mavericks I had a BootCamp dual boot configuration with Lion and Seven x64. That was fine but, because I replaced the hard drive with a SSD model, I took a chance to set as the newest ...
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Recommended way to remotely control your Mac Mini from your Macbook Pro at home

My configurations to access Mac mini (Leopard) from my MacBook Pro (Leopard) at home are: Mac mini: Apple remote desktop enabled with VNC viewers flagged MacBook Pro: Jollyfast VNC I find this ...
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5.1 surround sound via optical out without receiver

I have a 2010 Mac mini and I would like to output 5.1 surround sound from it. The optical audio out is the way to achieve this, but I don't want to have an audio receiver, 5 times bigger then the ...
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Will my iMac stay on if I use it's display in target display mode for a Mac mini?

I have the new iMac and need a Mac mini. Is it easy to switch the display back and forth or do I have to plug and unplug? Also.. Will the Mac mini continue to run in headless mode when I'm using the ...
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How can I remove old SMB connections?

Whenever I start up my old Mac Mini, I get an error indicating that it can't connect to an SMB share that I set up a long time ago: So that this question is findable via Google, the text of this ...
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Hook up 3 monitors to Mac Mini Late 2014

I have the Mac Mini late 2014 and want to hook up 3 monitors in total. It works great with 2 displays (1x Thunderbolt + 1x HDMI). Once I add a third monitor to the second Thunderbolt port, just ...
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Understanding Intel iris graphic card spec for mac mini

I'm reviewing moving to some software that has a system requirement of a 1GB of video / graphics card. The computer in question is a 2014 Mac mini, which I remember at the time of buying had a "...
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What version of Mac Mini supports Leopard 10.5.8?

Does Leopard 10.5.8 support the first-ever Mac Mini (M9686*/A, M9687*/A, I think)? Or do I need one of the later ones? I'm buying my first-ever mac this Christmas.
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Dropbox + Mac Mini Server = Syncing Issues

In our office, we use Dropbox business as a cloud; All of our files exist on a Mac Mini Server we use inside the office as a local repository for all of our Dropbox files. We then have Dropbox sync ...
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Best practices for 2011 Mac mini connected to monitor + HDTV?

I'm dual-purposing a new Mac mini (2011) as a desktop machine and media center. I will be using a DisplayPort to DVI adapter to use with the desktop monitor, and a long HDMI cable to go directly to an ...
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How do I shut off a USB fan automatically when the Mac goes to sleep?

I have a Mac Mini 1.1 on which I updated the EFI firmware to v2.1 and installed Mac OS X 10.7 I'm wondering how I can cool the Mac with an external fan somehow. I found the internal cooling to be ...
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What keyboards can reliably be used to start up recovery or diagnostics mode on a Mac mini?

I have a Mac mini which is stalling during boot. I have been trying to boot it to recovery or diagnostics mode, but run into an unexpected problem. The keyboard I'm currently using with it is a ...
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That Kernel Process Bloat

This is probably a question best suited for Apple Support Forums, but after asking variants of this question there to no avail, I will try here instead. I have a 2012/2013 2.3 GHz i7 Mac Mini w/ 16 ...
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Can't boot Apple Hardware Test with correct install disk that has AHT

I just restored my HD from a Time Machine backup and afterward my AHT won't work, despite the fact that I have the original install disk (10.5 Leopard, disk #2 that says it has AHT on it). AHT worked ...
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Syncing iOS devices to multiple Macs with same Apple ID

Not really a duplicate to the specific question but related: Sharing music in the iTunes library with multiple accounts and iOS devices. I got a 2011 13-inch MacBook Air for my upcoming college ...
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Will there be issues if I install RAM modules with different sizes in a Mac mini?

I have a Mac mini late 2012 with 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) RAM. I bought another 8 GB RAM module and installed it in the Mac. Should I leave the 8 GB module alone or should I install one of the two 2 GB modules ...
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Altering screenshot filename

When taking a screenshot using the keyboard shortcut shift+command+3 it yields a screenshot with a filename of Screen Shot 2014-11-23 at 3.25.36 PM.png. I would like to make a change so that the ...
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Can the 2011 Mac-Mini (not the Server Edition) Support an Additional Hardisk, SSD?

Is it possible to add an additional HDD or a SSD to a 2011 mac-mini (no the server edition) in addition to the 500GB HDD that comes with the computer? If so, are additional parts required? Are these ...
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How can a Mac mini drive 3440 pixels wide display instead of 1920?

I've bought a new 21:9 IPS screen with a native resolution of 3440x1440px. The display has only two inputs: 1x DisplayPort which is connected to a workstation and 1x HDMI port which should go to my ...
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How much RAM memory do I need for an OSX device? [closed]

I'm about to buy a new Mac Mini and I would like to know if it's enough with 8GB RAM or I would need 16GB. Linked is my MBP 15 early 2013 16GB RAM usage in a current daily usage. memory pressure ...
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Connect firewire MacMini to thunderbolt MacBook Pro

I have a MacMini that only has a firewire port, I want to connect it to my MacBook Pro via its thunderbolt port, can I do this so that I can then (using target mode) display my Mac mini on my macbook ...
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Mac mini Mac OS 10.6 server migration to new hardware

I have a Mac Mini with Mac OS X 10.6 Server installed. It has two external drives attached to it. One is for Time Machine and other contains data. I have bought the latest Mac Mini with Mac OS X 10.7 ...
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Mid '11 Mac Mini boot loops at Apple logo, but can boot to Safe Mode

So the previous issue I had with my Mac Mini has morphed into a worse one and now it won't even boot normally, it just endlessly boot loops at the Apple screen. However, I have ran Apple Hardware Test ...
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Which Mac mini with 3 USB controllers can be recommended for high bandwidth USB traffic?

I'm currently looking for a Mac mini for development. I know the FAQ says no programming, but please bare with me, there's nothing related to code in my question. I will need to connect 3 Kinect ...
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Is it normal for 2018 Mac Mini to make screetchy noises?

I have just purchased a new 2018 Mac Mini with a SSD drive. Sometimes when reading or writing, it makes a quite screetchy noise. It's not loud, but however it's quite sharp which made me cautious. I ...