We have used the Mac mini for some time now. I used it the first one or two months, but being used to the portability of my 2 1/2 year old iBook I got tired of the desktop. Tina took over and is now using OS X, LaTeX, and whatever I send in her direction, for writing her thesis.
I bought a (well) used 17 inch Apple CRT when I got the computer; however, the 300 DKR was not enough to buy us a screen would last through the summer: it died last week. RIP.
Now, looking for a replacement, we visited Officeline (now humac) here in Aarhus, to check out the 20 inch Apple Cinema Display. At the same time I asked the clerck to give me a price for a RAM upgrade (the mini shipps with 512 megs, but can be upgraded to 1 gig by an Apple authorized service provider); it was around 1,200 for the RAM and 200 the installation. Being too tight-fisted to pay overprice for both the RAM and the service I began googeling.
I came up with a tutorial from Macworld, where they show that it is basically a piece of cake to do the job yourself. All you need is Appleâ€™s official Mac mini Upgrade Tool Kit (otherwise known as a very thin putty knife). Actually, a less thin putty knife will do the job, but it wont be seamless! However, as the job is done upside-down who will know?
I already have the knife, and I have tested the procedure. It works. Now I just need to get the right RAM (this is the specifications for the G4 model – the Intel Core Dual has other specifications).
See this small video of how to do the job (right click the link to download).