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My new Mac Mini G4
« on: January 25, 2008, 12:39:13 PM »
So I finally got myself this Mac Mini G4 I've always wanted. G4 1.42GHz, 512MB and 80GB, CD-RW/DVD combo drive, bluetooth, airport (wlan).

Well, 512MB seemed a bit tight, and the 80GB HDD was pretty sluggish 4200RPM. So hmm, lets add 1GB DDR-stick, 160GB 5400RPM HDD, dual layer 8X DVD-RW drive and while at it, why not OC the thing, too.

Mac Mini at 1.58GHz

dnetc:
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[Jan 25 12:19:06 UTC] RC5-72: using core #4 (KKS 7450).
[Jan 25 12:19:25 UTC] RC5-72: Benchmark for core #4 (KKS 7450)                      
                      0.00:00:16.14 [16,608,622 keys/sec]
[Jan 25 12:19:58 UTC] OGR-P2: using core #1 (KOGE 2.0 Hybrid).
[Jan 25 12:20:16 UTC] OGR-P2: Benchmark for core #1 (KOGE 2.0 Hybrid)
                      0.00:00:16.39 [37,324,508 nodes/sec]

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Re: My new Mac Mini G4
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2008, 12:50:11 PM »
You didn't fancy a CoreDuo one then? :-D

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Re: My new Mac Mini G4
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2008, 12:54:22 PM »
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You didn't fancy a CoreDuo one then? :-D


Nah, MorphOS isn't ported to x86 yet :-)

Nice screenshot, I have a thing för thät strängë döttëd längüägë :lol:
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Re: My new Mac Mini G4
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2008, 01:15:41 PM »
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You didn't fancy a CoreDuo one then?

No, not really. I already have a peecee with E6320 overclocked to 2.8GHz ;-)
 

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Re: My new Mac Mini G4
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2008, 01:18:53 PM »
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You didn't fancy a CoreDuo one then? :-D


Nah, MorphOS isn't ported to x86 yet :-)

Nice screenshot, I have a thing för thät strängë döttëd längüägë :lol:


I wasn't sure if Morphos ran on the Mac... hmmm... really I though it was a shame that Piru didn't get a dual core machine. All machines really should be dual core. My old Powerbook G4 (1.5Ghz) pretty much freezes up when you run an HD movie or something else similar... But a 1.5Mhz CoreDuo runs beautifully. I'm surprised Piru didn't fancy hacking around with SMP etc actually...

I've grown to love the Umlaut... though I still can't hear or pronounce ü which is very frustrating...

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Re: My new Mac Mini G4
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2008, 01:25:50 PM »
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I've grown to love the Umlaut... though I still can't hear or pronounce ü which is very frustrating...


Have you tried this?:
http://www.utils.ex.ac.uk/german/pronounce/pronoue.html


I believe the Finnish ü is somewhat different than the German one, but I could be wrong. I tried my hands (or is it my tongue?) at Finnish once, but I quickly gave up. I think I just don't get it.. :-)
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Re: My new Mac Mini G4
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2008, 01:26:10 PM »
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You didn't fancy a CoreDuo one then?

No, not really. I already have a peecee with E6320 overclocked to 2.8GHz ;-)


Ahhh, message received and understood. THe Little G4 Mini should be a lot of fun then! :-)

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Re: My new Mac Mini G4
« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2008, 01:41:39 PM »
There is no ü in finnish, only ä and ö. å is needed when writing swedish, but isn't stricly speaking part of the finnish alphabet (finnish keymap have it, though).
 

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Re: My new Mac Mini G4
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2008, 01:42:07 PM »
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I've grown to love the Umlaut... though I still can't hear or pronounce ü which is very frustrating...


Have you tried this?:
http://www.utils.ex.ac.uk/german/pronounce/pronoue.html



I have quite a few examples, but this is great, many thanks! It's just a vowel sound I can't hear I guess... I know when I need to use one or when one appears in a a word, but only because I know how to spell the word... if I hear a new word that uses it... I just can't hear it, and substitute another letter. I suspect my pronunciation of ü (-Edit- Which is somewhere between u and er) makes me sound very English :-D

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Re: My new Mac Mini G4
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2008, 02:24:01 PM »
In case someone wants to attempt this overclocking thing  on his/her Mac Mini G4, here's the required information:

Opening up Mac Mini G4 and accessing the motherboard:
Installing Logic Board
Alternative method for opening the Mac Mini (that's Mac Mini Intel in the doc, but it's easy enough to adjust the method)
'Memory  / Optical Drive  / Hard Drive Installation' video (this helped a lot!)

To overclock upto 1.58GHz:
Overclocking Apple Mac mini

To fix the frequency display for 1.58 GHz:
Mac mini 1.58 overclock correction (NOTE: This is only needed for the 1.58GHz OC!)
« Last Edit: July 07, 2010, 12:26:02 PM by Piru »
 

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Re: My new Mac Mini G4
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2008, 02:25:18 PM »
So it is overclocked from 1.42GHz to 1.58GHz? Is that difficult to do on a Mac? No heating problems or such as a result?

I have zero experience with Mac, but seeing how MorphOS eventually might be released for the Mac Mini G4 I am considering getting one myself. Are they still available in stores, or is second hand the only option?
MorphOS is Amiga done right! :)
 

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Re: My new Mac Mini G4
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2008, 02:31:35 PM »
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So it is overclocked from 1.42GHz to 1.58GHz?

Yes.

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Is that difficult to do on a Mac?

It was fairly simple. There's tons of good documentation on how to work on Mac Mini G4. The 1.42->1.5 and 1.42->1.58 overclocking only involve removing a resistor (2 for 1.5, 1 for 1.58). The resistors are really tiny though. Steady hand is a requirement. For links, see my previous post in this thread.

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No heating problems or such as a result?

1.42->1.58 is just 11.26% overclock. I ran dnetc (100% CPU usage, both integer and altivec unit) for hours without any trouble. I did remove the heatsink and replace the thermal paste with better material, though.

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Are they still available in stores, or is second hand the only option?

G4 models are second hand only. I paid 320 EUR for mine (mostly because I stayed within finnish auctions.. I bet they're cheaper elsewhere).
 

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« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2008, 02:46:38 PM »
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G4 models are second hand only. I paid 320 EUR for mine (mostly because I stayed within finnish auctions.. I bet they're cheaper elsewhere).

It's about the same here in Germany. Prices might probably even increase because a whole bunch of Amiga users hope to run OS4 or MOS on them one day.
 

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Re: My new Mac Mini G4
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2008, 02:51:52 PM »
It's about the same in Holland as well. The Moana "version" is rare though, most of them are 1,25ghz models.
 

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Re: My new Mac Mini G4
« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2008, 12:31:09 PM »
With all the stuff happening around the Mini (Morphos 2.0 on the way, the tiny hope of maybe having a legal OS 4 running on it one day), I decided to follow your example and buy one too. I guess I was really lucky, got one for only EUR 190,- this weekend. It is the silent upgrade version with 1.33 GHz, already upgraded to 1 GB RAM, in original box with manual and installation media. Looks like a fun machine for a more than fair price.

Now, where can I apply for MorphOS 2.0 beta testing?  ;-)