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Run Windows XP and OS X on a Mac Mini

Posted: Dec. 5, 2011 - Jim Bernstein

Now that Apple is using Intel processors in their systems you can now run Mac OS X, Windows XP or both on a Macintosh computer. The Mac Mini is a compact and fast PC that has some nice features already built in. And if you are a Windows and Mac user then you can have your cake and eat it too! Here are some of the features of the Mac Mini:

  • 1.66GHz or 1.83 Intel Core Duo processor
  • 2MB on-chip L2 cache
  • 667MHz frontside bus
  • 512MB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (PC2-5300) on two DIMMs; supports up to 2GB
  • One FireWire 400 port (8 watts)
  • Four USB 2.0 ports (up to 480 Mbps)
  • Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM
  • Built-in 10/100/1000BASE-T Gigabit Ethernet
  • Built-in 54-Mbps AirPort Extreme wireless networking
  • Built-in Bluetooth 2.0
  • 60GB or 80GB 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard disk drive; optional 120GB or 160GB drive
  • Slot-loading Combo drive (DVD-ROM/CD-RW)

There is only one memory slot so if you upgrade the RAM, you will be left with a 256mb chip

The hard drive is a 2.5 inch 5,400rpm laptop hard drive

The Mac Mini Supports an Airport card for wireless internet. There is a $129 upgrade kit that includes the Airport card as well as a Bluetooth card.

It comes preinstalled with Panther, the latest version of Apple's OS X operating system.

The Mac Mini will cost you $499 for the base model and you supply the monitor, mouse and keyboard.

Boot Camp lets you install Windows XP without moving your Mac data. Boot Camp will burn a CD of all the required drivers for Windows so you don't have scavenge the Internet looking for them.


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