Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Wanted: A used Mac mini (twin cities metro area)

I’d like to buy a G4 Mac mini to replace my mother’s Win98 box. I’ve not seen many come up for sale on Craigslist, so I thought I’d try on my tech blog.

If you’ve got one for sale, let me know ( I’ll need the DVDs (classic too) that came with it and the video adapter. I’d prefer 10.4 to 10.3, but if need be I can buy an upgrade DVD.

I don’t care about Bluetooth or WiFi for this project and disk capacity isn’t important either. I’ll need to test the machine with an OS X memory test utility and with Apple’s Hardware Test in loop mode prior to purchase (if you’re not a Mac geek, you might not know that non-Apple memory often fails in these machines). An Apple keyboard is nice, but I can buy one — they’re oddly inexpensive. I don’t need a mouse.

I can show how to do a secure disk wipe so there’s no fear of data escape.

These older machines have kept their value pretty well. I’d be looking to pay $300 to $400 depending on the package. I’ll pay cash but I don’t do anonymous transactions — so I would need name, number, etc.


And now we return to our regular tech blog.

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