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Could I by any chance get a better videocard for my mac mini later on or do i have to stick with the 32mb card? :ninja:
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There is no way to upgrade the Mini's video card. But there really is nothing wrong with the one it comes with, either. :black:

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For what the machine is the video card is ok. Its not really made to represent a powerful machine for DTP complex files or playing games at awesome resolutions. I wish there was an option to upgrage though, id do it in a flash
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32 is still a lot of video memory. i've had the same 32 meg card in my PC for 5 years (well, actually its been in 2 PCS, when i build my new one in 2002, i just used the same graphics card) and it still works great. unless your gaming, theres no real need for more
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I am using it for gaming also but not as much as school and video editing
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I'm thinking about getting a Mini. I have a powerbook G4 1.5 15", but I never take it anywhere since I need Windows more when on the road (VPC is too slow).

Will the Mini work well at high res with my HP 23" HD display?
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I'm thinking about getting a Mini. I have a powerbook G4 1.5 15", but I never take it anywhere since I need Windows more when on the road (VPC is too slow).

Will the Mini work well at high res with my HP 23" HD display?
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* DVI video output for digital resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 pixels; supports 20-inch Apple Cinema display and 23-inch Apple Cinema HD display; supports coherent digital displays up to 154MHz; supports non-coherent digital displays up to 135MHz
* VGA video output (using included adapter) to support analog resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 pixels
* S-video and composite video output to connect directly to a TV or projector (requires Apple DVI to Video Adapter, sold separately)


http://www.apple.com/macmini/specs.html
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* DVI video output for digital resolutions up to 1920 x 1200 pixels; supports 20-inch Apple Cinema display and 23-inch Apple Cinema HD display; supports coherent digital displays up to 154MHz; supports non-coherent digital displays up to 135MHz
* VGA video output (using included adapter) to support analog resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 pixels
* S-video and composite video output to connect directly to a TV or projector (requires Apple DVI to Video Adapter, sold separately)


http://www.apple.com/macmini/specs.html
Thanks, I just saw that info on Apple's site. I guess I should have looked before posting. :miner:
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32 is still a lot of video memory. i've had the same 32 meg card in my PC for 5 years (well, actually its been in 2 PCS, when i build my new one in 2002, i just used the same graphics card) and it still works great. unless your gaming, theres no real need for more
Thats true for Windows but not necessarily true for OS X since it uses OpenGL for desktop interface rendering which uses the video card a lot more than Windows. Due to this the mini will not run at high resolutions as smooth as you might like.
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I'm thinking about getting a Mini. I have a powerbook G4 1.5 15", but I never take it anywhere since I need Windows more when on the road (VPC is too slow).

Will the Mini work well at high res with my HP 23" HD display?
your powerbook has so much more power... use that as your desktop, or wait til you save up more money and get an imac.

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your powerbook has so much more power... use that as your desktop, or wait til you save up more money and get an imac.
I know it's a better Mac, but as much as I'd love to use it on the road, I always end up on my XP LT. I don't see much point in keeping the PB at home when I won't really be doing a ton of stuff on it.

At home the Mac usage will be primarily for surfing, ipod management and some sporadic video editing.

I could use the cash the PB <-> Mini switch would provide to buy the things I need for my other hobby and for my new house.

I love my PB, but that's a lot of $ tied up in something that isn't getting enough use. I haven't made up my mind yet...
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