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I am considering a media center solution for my home. I saw a mac mini and I like the design and look. Since this would be my first mac purchase tons of questions. First what would be the equivalent pc in terms of processor. For exple is this like a core2duo? Second is this computer fully network compatible with windows cp? Can I transfer video from one to another?
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they use the same processors now, its all Intel. I would not get a mac mini with less then 2gb of ram. The macs use samba to talk to windows. So, yes you can transfer files back and forth.

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What kind of Intel Chip is in a Mac Mini? As a general question what would be the pros and cons of using it as a media center for my living room?

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Also what is OS on this? Is it stable? Is it like Windows Vista in terms of operatibility. . . .
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http://www.apple.com/macmini/specs.html

its a core 2 duo.

they are nice media machines. they are small, and come with a remote, and display software called frontrow.

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Is the OS stable?

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Another question is there a box for Windows which is the same size/dimensions as Mac mini?

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What I meant above: A Windows Mac Mini alternative . . .
the OS is extremely stable, and there is no such thing as a mac virus which is a plus.


dell has similar system, but i dont know about the remote and tv/video playback.
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=dddeuy1&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&kc=desktops_great_deals

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Excellent info. .... From a tech point of view which is has the between hardware?
i would say a mac is a better choice because it has less maintenance and includes a remote

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What do you mean maintance?
patches, and needed to keep antivirus up2date.

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Is a MAC like a windows XP - where you boot from CD and format, etc? Are there different versions/hacks of the OS? All twickable?
yes you boot from the cd to repair, format. mac is unix. its not like windows where there is a home, premium, ultimate. its only 1 version. Snow leopard is the newest.

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1. Is snow Leopard equitable to which ver. of Windows - Home, Vista, XP. . .?
um, it does not work like that, its their latest version of their os. You cannot compare it to windows like that.

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So what would you compare the latest OS to?
Windows 7 ultimate.

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Thanks so much

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