Here is some good news: first set of upgrades are complete. The portable has a new hard drive and 1 gig of ram. Boy is it much faster now! Updated the hard drive from a 4200 to a 5400 and from 512 to 1 gig of RAM.
Cracked the case on the Mac mini. The pictures I had and instructions were from the prior model. The memory slots now are underneath the plastic interior casing: have to remove the hard drive and the CD/RW. I think I’ll pay someone $30 to install it instead of messing with something like that. The screws are itty bitty and embedded in hard to reach places. I’d rather not take a chance, you know? This little machine definitely would not be an easy one to work on.
Heading to bed. Late again. Gotta get out of this habit.