3 Replies Latest reply: Mar 4, 2013 2:10 PM by andyfromcroydon
andyfromcroydon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm thinking of getting a Mac Mini Server to run as a server and for running Aperture.  I'd run it remotely via screen sharing from my 2007 iMac.


I've heard that there used to be a problem running Aperture on a mini with no screeen connected -  something to do with the graphics card needing a real screen connected.  Does anyone know if this is still a problem on the new i& server with Lion



Aperture 3, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • Baggeraar Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    I have run Aperture on a Mac Mini without a screen on both OS X 10.7 and 10.8. However over screen sharing the image quality is not what it can be when running Aperture directly on your computer.


    I also shared my Aperture library from the Mac Mini, but it gives (as indicated by Apple) a lot of instability.



  • William Lloyd Level 7 Level 7 (20,940 points)

    If this works, it won't work well.


    I don't know that a headless Mac mini will engage the GPU and Aperture leverages the GPU for performance.

  • andyfromcroydon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You're right William.  With no screen plugged in Aperture will not launch.   So I ended up buying the smallest cheapest HDMI TV I could find and when that is switched on the Mini runs Aperture just fine.   And since I got one of the quad core i7 Minis it runs screamingly fast too - particularly as I have my Library on a Thunderbolt RAID drive.  But often I don't bother with firing up Aperture on the Mini - I run it on the iMac and access the Aperture Library remotely - it works ok wirelessly but now that I've put in a gigabit Ethernet switch it is as good as if the library was local.  I find that configuration to be rock solid for anything that doesn't need the raw cpu power of the Mini (batch processing with noise ninja for instance).