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Offline jj

Which mac to get
« on: July 02, 2010, 11:40:10 AM »
Hi
 
Could somone tell me which mac is the best to get for morph os.  is it the 1.5ghz Mini ?  would order of preferenece be
 
1) mac mini 1.5gh
2) slower mac min
3) fastest emac
 
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Re: Which mac to get
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2010, 12:15:57 PM »
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Hi
 
Could somone tell me which mac is the best to get for morph os.  is it the 1.5ghz Mini ?  would order of preferenece be
 
1) mac mini 1.5gh
2) slower mac min
3) fastest emac
 
Thanks


Clearly the the 1,5GHz Mac with 64MB Video RAM, I think the extra video RAM is more important then having 2GB system RAM as the eMac can have.

Other then that benchmarks show that all Mac Mini G4 models beats the eMac 1,25GHz.
Tho not by much, but a little, then also it has a good form factor dosen't it?

So if you got the money I say go for a 1,5GHz Mini or any Mini. Or else get a eMac and remove the CRT.

EDIT: Since you wrote "3) fastest emac" I must clarify that ONLY the 1,25GHz model of the eMac works with MorphOS! No other eMac works. The first version got Nvidia gfx chipset, the other 2 models got unsupported ati versions.
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Offline jj

Re: Which mac to get
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2010, 12:23:33 PM »
Ok what's the best places to get mac minis from in the uk apart from ebay.  They seem to be going for £150 , would rather find a cheaper source if anyone knows one.
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Re: Which mac to get
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2010, 01:14:39 PM »
Yes, £150 for the lower spec models!
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Re: Which mac to get
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2010, 01:21:44 PM »
I was lucky to get my 1,42GHz Mini for 95£ :)
Just keep looking at your local paper and ebay and youll find one some day :)
 

Offline haywirepc

Re: Which mac to get
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2010, 01:21:58 PM »
I'd really like to get an emac and tear it apart and put it in a custom painted morphos case and do the mod so I can use a flatscreen, but I also just like the idea of leaving it alone. Its a nice all in one really. I'm leaning emac because its alot cheaper and also because then I don't need another monitor speakers and so on...
 
I really doubt the difference between 1.25ghz and 1.5ghz will matter much. Does the video memory really make a big difference in general
day to day use performance?
 
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Re: Which mac to get
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2010, 01:27:46 PM »
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I'd really like to get an emac and tear it apart and put it in a custom painted morphos case and do the mod so I can use a flatscreen, but I also just like the idea of leaving it alone. Its a nice all in one really. I'm leaning emac because its alot cheaper and also because then I don't need another monitor speakers and so on...
 
I really doubt the difference between 1.25ghz and 1.5ghz will matter much. Does the video memory really make a big difference in general
day to day use performance?
 
Steven


Well the Mini got a built in speaker to ;) Nothing fancy tho ^^
If I where you I would go for custom eMac case, seems fun and a eMac with CRT takes up so much space!
 

Offline koaftder

Re: Which mac to get
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2010, 03:52:22 PM »
Does anybody know how to jack the volume up on the eMac w/ MorphOS? I've tried all the settings I know about but it's still half the volume that you hear with that "bong" sound it makes when you turn the machine on.
 

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Re: Which mac to get
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2010, 04:23:02 PM »
Quote from: haywirepc;568578
I'd really like to get an emac and tear it apart and put it in a custom painted morphos case and do the mod so I can use a flatscreen, but I also just like the idea of leaving it alone. Its a nice all in one really. I'm leaning emac because its alot cheaper and also because then I don't need another monitor speakers and so on...
 
I really doubt the difference between 1.25ghz and 1.5ghz will matter much. Does the video memory really make a big difference in general
day to day use performance?
 
Steven


The US cost of the used eMacs may allow you to pick up 2 if you look hard enough.. One to Mod and one to use :) Don't register the mod until the work is done. Red is about to snag a stack of them from a school for instance.
 

Offline Iggy

Re: Which mac to get
« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2010, 11:01:15 PM »
Remember, the only currently supported Emac is the 1,25Ghz version with Radeon 9200 graphics.
Emacs vary depending on whether they're unit marketed to the public or for education.
You need both these specs to run MorphOS correctly.
And they are much cheaper than Mac Minis.
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Re: Which mac to get
« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2010, 01:08:52 AM »
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Re: Which mac to get
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2010, 01:09:52 AM »
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Re: Which mac to get
« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2010, 03:15:53 AM »
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Offline Matt_H

Re: Which mac to get
« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2010, 03:25:22 AM »
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Damn, I missed it. Was it anything lulz worthy?


Yeah, I'm curious, too! :)

As to your sound question, have you learned about MorphOS's Mixer yet? It's in WBStartup by default. There's also the Volume sbar module (right click the screendepth gadget in the upper right of the Workbench screen to enable it).
 

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Re: Which mac to get
« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2010, 03:47:53 AM »
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Yeah, I'm curious, too! :)

As to your sound question, have you learned about MorphOS's Mixer yet? It's in WBStartup by default. There's also the Volume sbar module (right click the screendepth gadget in the upper right of the Workbench screen to enable it).

I've tried the mixer app, the sbar volume control and the two setting apps in the setup. Nothing gets the audio jacked up :( It's so low I have to put my face up near the unit to hear it well. Maybe there is some open firmware trick I can do to mess with it? I'm learning the ropes with the SDK, i think one of the first apps I'm going to write for MorphOS is something to tweak the particulars of that machine, like being able to change briteness/contract, invoke the degauss, etc.