8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 15, 2013 4:37 PM by Hardhittinz
circularlogik Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a fairly old iMac Desktop (7-8 years) which is still running OSX 5 Leopard. It is a bit clunky now which is why I have not bothered upgrading the OS, but the monitor is fine ...

 

I am wondering if the iMac mini is a good solution to buy - I know I can connect it to this iMac, but where I get confused is will it be compatible with this old OS or can I completely run from the mini system which I'm guessing would be set up with Mountain Lion OSX? Is this an easy fix to 'upgrade' as I save for a whole new system? I hope I'm asking the right question, Opinions welcome!


imac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • 1. Re: Looking at iMac mini ~ to use with existing desktop
    keg55 Level 5 Level 5 (5,925 points)

    circularlogik wrote:

     

    I know I can connect it to this iMac, but where I get confused is will it be compatible with this old OS or can I completely run from the mini system which I'm guessing would be set up with Mountain Lion OSX? Is this an easy fix to 'upgrade' as I save for a whole new system? I hope I'm asking the right question, Opinions welcome!

    New Macs do come with OS X Mountain Lion pre-installed.

     

    You can connect your iMac to a new Mac Mini and setup File Sharing between the two. No need to worry about OS versions as networked file sharing doesn't care about OS. If you're looking to upgrade your iMac, the only upgrade I would do is increase your RAM to the max of that machine. Personally, I wouldn't spend the money to upgrade a 7-8 year old system. I would just live with it until I could buy a new system.

  • 2. Re: Looking at iMac mini ~ to use with existing desktop
    Jeff Nitschke Level 4 Level 4 (2,655 points)

    As far as using your iMac as a display "Monitor" it requires a newer machine:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3924

  • 3. Re: Looking at iMac mini ~ to use with existing desktop
    circularlogik Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK, Yes, I had maxed out the RAM, which is one of the reasons I think I've been so content with this old thing for so long. It's only recently been slowing down. I was hoping though to use the mini as a startup system, though from what you and Jeff have posted, my Mac is too old. As well, I will just need a whole new system. soon. Thank you so much for the replies, super appreciated.

  • 4. Re: Looking at iMac mini ~ to use with existing desktop
    circularlogik Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    wondering, can a non-mac monitor work with the mini? not ideal, just trying to understand what 'worst case senario' options I have...

  • 5. Re: Looking at iMac mini ~ to use with existing desktop
    Jeff Nitschke Level 4 Level 4 (2,655 points)

    Yes, though you may need an adapter.

  • 6. Re: Looking at iMac mini ~ to use with existing desktop
    Jeff Nitschke Level 4 Level 4 (2,655 points)

    I am currently using an "Asus VH242H 23.6-Inch" monitor that I purchased on Amazon. But, if you have a monitor sitting around you should be able to us it depending on the inputs on the monitor.

  • 7. Re: Looking at iMac mini ~ to use with existing desktop
    John Fenton Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)

    Yes. Any standard monitor with a standard connection should work. The Mac mini (Late 2012) models have a native HDMI port and a Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort. They come with an HDMI-DVI adapter included, so out of the box, you have support for HDMI, DVI, Thunderbolt and Mini DisplayPort monitors. Cables and adapters are available to connect the HDMI port and/or the MDP port to other display types (HDMI, DVI, VGA, etc.).

     

    The different options are nearly endless.

     

    For example, I have a 27" 1920x1080 AOC IPS LED monitor connected to the HDMI port on my Mac mini (Late 2012). To the Mini Display Port, I have connected an MDP to HDMI cable which leads to a HDMI switch which determines which of two monitors receives the signal: a smaller second monitor on my desk or a 26" Vizio Razor LED 1080p TV in front of my treadmill. The Mac seemlessly adjusts to fit the native resolution of the second display whenever I flip the switch.

     

    John

  • 8. Re: Looking at iMac mini ~ to use with existing desktop
    Hardhittinz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    yeah almost any monitor will work ,I use a Hp monitor and just purchased a mini display to vga adapter from radio shack and works fine...