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Questions tagged [mac-mini]

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

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“powerd” process uses a lot of CPU

Oftentimes, after I wake my Mac from sleep, powerd (which is the power management daemon? Which in particular deals with sleeping the Mac and waking it?) uses high CPU, usually around 25% to 50% on my ...
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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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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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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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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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Is Shutting Down An iMac Or Mac Mini Really Necessary?

In today's age with low power standby modes & the advanced OS X that is Mountain Lion, it is simpler than ever to go for long periods (perhaps months) without shutting down your iMac (and possibly ...
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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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Mac Mini 2011 - monitor wakes up messed up

I have an Mac Mini from 2011. Sometimes (I would say 80% of the time) when I wake up the monitors, after they've been sleeping, my main monitor (a Benq G2220HD 22″, connected via DVI → Mini ...
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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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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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How can I remove the bluetooth setup wizard on a headless Mac Mini?

I finally moved my old Mini into the back room on a TV. I use Air Mouse to control it from my iOS devices. However, with no keyboard and mouse connected it seems to bring up the bluetooth setup ...
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Is it okay to stack an Airport Extreme on top of a Mac mini?

Is it ok to place an AirPort Extreme base station on top of a Mac mini, or could this cause problems (like overheating or interference) with either device? As depicted, they do fit together pretty ...
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Newbie Mac user - how to start over with Mac mini that has Windows installed

I'm very, very new to using Macs in general - my current work computer (iMac Mid 2010) is the first that I've used, and it's only been a couple of months. I work for a non-profit and someone has ...
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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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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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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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Media center app and remote control for mac mini?

I can't justify buying an Apple TV while I have an old mac mini around to hook up to my entertainment center. I'm currently controlling it using Air Mouse with my iOS devices, but I'd really like to ...
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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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How to connect 4 monitors to Mac mini 2011

I want to connect 4 monitors to my Mac mini. I want to send the video output to an image wall, so the 4 monitors should show one big screen. Which adapter(s) do I need for my plan?
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How to limit RAM in an OSX device? [duplicate]

Related to my other question, I'm about to buy a new Mac Mini. I would like to reduce RAM to 8GB in order to see if 8GB is enough to my daily tasks in my MBP retina 15 early 2013 16GB RAM. The idea ...
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Dual screen with new Mac Mini

So I've begun the long-awaiting switch from PC to Mac in the office and picked up a new Mac Mini yesterday. We currently use dual screen on all machines in the office. I'm wanting to hook these up ...
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Can I use Apple Earphones with Mic on Mac Mini?

I read on Apple website that Mac mini audio port supports the apple earphones with mic. Does it support the mic as well? Can I use the mic for Audio input on applications like Skype? I tried plugging ...
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Mac wakes up from sleep every two hours on Mac OS X Yosemite

Since upgrading to the first stable release of Mac OS X Yosemite a few days ago, my Mac Mini wakes up roughly every two hours from sleep for about a minute, then goes back to sleep. This is ...
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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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Remotely upgrading to El Capitan broke Screen Sharing

We have a remote Mac Mini acting as a build server that we use Screen Sharing to connect to and remotely manage. Well I recently upgraded this box to El Capitan and now Screen Sharing won't connect ...
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Black or displaced screen when screen sharing headless mac mini on macOS 10.12

My config: Mid 2012 Mac mini connected to a projector via HDMI. The projector is typically off and the Mac mostly works headless. This setup has worked for me for a couple of years now. Ever since I ...
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Is it possible to use a touchscreen monitor on a Mac Mini?

How would I go about interacting with my late 2012 Mac Mini via a touchscreen?
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Rebooting a headless Mac Mini

I have an old Mac Mini on which I installed Ubuntu to be used as a test server. I completely formatted the hard disk before installing ubuntu, installation went fine and everything is working; so far ...
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Connecting a displayport monitor to my Mac Mini (late 2012) using the Thunderbolt port what is the max resolution?

I have a 27" ASUS PB278Q display equipped with a display port, the monitor has a resolution of 2560x1440. If I connect to my thunderbolt port using a mini displayport to displayport cable will it ...
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Set Mac mini to be constantly on and logged in

I've got a Mac mini that I would like to run headless; leaving plugged in to network and power only. I want to leave the Mac mini on to: Run Dropbox constantly, so that I have the local copy backed ...
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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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Upgrading to 32GB RAM for Mac mini Server (MD389LL/A)

I'm using a Mac mini Server (Late 2012) with 2,3 GHz Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB RAM. This type of processor (Intel® Core™ i7-3615QM) supports a max memory size of 32GB. Look at specification: ...
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/System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.servermgrd.plist Is Missing - Causing postgres to not start properly

I recently updated my Mac Mini Server to Yosemite and the Server app 4.0. When I tried to verify that Postgres is available by executing sudo serveradmin fullstatus postgres I get the following error:...
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Is it safe to run a Mac Mini (i5) on its side?

I recently got a Mac Mini with the i5 chip. Is it OK to set it on its side and run it that way? I wanted to shrink the footprint.
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How much power does a mac mini uses?

I would like to know how much power would a mac Mini consume per month/year if: always powered, but under very low load web server OS, probably Ubuntu two drives: one SSD and one HD. model Early ...
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Keep Mac mini on Wi-Fi (for screen-sharing), but disable internet access… How?

I have a Mac mini, running El Capitan, which I use as a media server. I access/control it and control it via screen-sharing. The Mac Mini has no display attached, so it must remain connected to my Wi-...
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As the Mac mini has no battery, would it fail or just suspend if the power is cut?

I was interested in buying a Mac mini for work (I love Linux but it requires too much maintenance). However, it turns out that it has no battery at all (different to a MacBook Pro/Air etc). I have ...
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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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External hard drive knocks out wifi Internet

I have two external hard drives attached to my 2012 Mac Mini running El Capitan. All has been OK for around 2 months. Now, when one drive powers up, it forces my Sky WiFi Internet connection to drop, ...
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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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How to transform an Apple Mac Mini intro a reliable Ubuntu Server?

This question is about what steps are needed for transforming an Apple Mac Mini into an Ubuntu server. Here are some areas: installing Ubuntu and making it to be bootable from EFI by default enabing ...
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Can a Mac Mini have 3 external monitors connected to it?

Thinking of getting a mac mini for work. Can I connect three monitors to it? If so, how?
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Intel Mac mini - maximum RAM Upgrade

I have a Mac mini with a Core 2 Duo processor (2.4 Ghz). I plan to upgrade the RAM in my Mac mini. Currently, it has 2GB right now, 1GB per slot (2 slots total). I would like to buy a new 4GB for a ...
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Can I use the Mac OS X Install DVD that came with my Mac Mini on my Macbook?

I just bought a new hard drive for my Macbook and want to install a fresh OS X 10.6. I looked through all the CDs that I have and I could only find the Mac OS X Install DVD that came with a new Mac ...
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Mac mini and VNC remote performance

I'm looking to get a Mac for iOS development, and with about $700 to work with, a Mac mini with upgraded RAM seems like the way to go. My problem is I never work strictly in one place (i.e. the office)...
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Mac-mini audio out

I have a Mac mini (2011) which doesn't produce any sound through the audio out. I've tried with speakers, headphones, etc,... but no sounds to hear. What can be the problem?
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Using an iMac as a monitor for a mac mini

I currently have an old 21 inch iMac that won't run Lion because it doesn't have a 64 bit chip. Other than that it works absolutely fine. I am however a part time developer and so I really need to ...
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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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What do I need to set up two DVI monitors on a 2011 Mac mini?

As a software developer who recently bought an iPhone, I knew it was just a matter of time before I started dicking around in the iOS apps space. Today Apple released a new line of Mac minis and I am ...
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Screen sharing not working on OS X 10.11 El Capitan

I'm running OS X 10.11 El Capitan and Screen Sharing has become more and more tedious. I have a MacBook Air, my usual laptop, and a Mac mini to which I want to connect with Screen Sharing (on my ...