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nhcowboy1
Mar 6, 2008, 12:45 PM
Someone on eBay has a mini for sale that he upgraded from a 1.5 core solo to a 2.16 core duo. Can that be done without causing other problems? I dunno - like excess heat or something?



Cave Man
Mar 6, 2008, 01:30 PM
Someone on eBay has a mini for sale that he upgraded from a 1.5 core solo to a 2.16 core duo. Can that be done without causing other problems? I dunno - like excess heat or something?

Lots of people have done this, and if done properly it gives you a dramatically-better computer.

ADent
Mar 7, 2008, 12:44 AM
The core solo and C2D machines are apparently identical (except for firmware).

So Apple ships the 2.0 C2D, seems like 2.16 shouldn't break the bank.

Several 2.33 machines are out there, but 2.33 chips are $$$.

VoodooDaddy
Mar 7, 2008, 12:49 AM
Alot of ppl here have done cpu upgrades.

http://www.123macmini.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=55&sid=a0ac878c82e31b55fbec2ea259e984dd

clyde2801
Mar 8, 2008, 07:18 AM
Core solo and Core Duo machines only take up to 2gig of ram.

Core 2 Duo machines take 3 and change.

This is a function of the boards, not of the chips. So, even if you take a Solo and put in a Core 2 Duo chip, it will only take 2 gigs of ram, tops.

takeabyteoutta
Mar 12, 2008, 04:41 PM
I'd be very careful buying this from ebay.

ADent
Mar 13, 2008, 02:31 AM
Core solo and Core Duo machines only take up to 2gig of ram.

Core 2 Duo machines take 3 and change.

This is a function of the boards, not of the chips. So, even if you take a Solo and put in a Core 2 Duo chip, it will only take 2 gigs of ram, tops.

What chips on the motherboard changed?

Several people have reported that the boards looked identical to them. Either they missed something, they are wrong, or it is just the firmware.

You are correct that machines that shipped with a C2D processor can see 4GB (3GB usable) and machines that shipped with a CD can only see 2GB (and I hear won't boot with any 2GB DIMMs installed). But my, not thoroughly investigated, theory is the motherboards are physically identical.

Erwin-Br
Mar 13, 2008, 05:18 AM
I'd be very careful buying this from ebay.

Yes, indeed. I find it very curious when someone first upgrades his mini, and then sells it. Something might've gone wrong during the upgrade, and the seller might want to get rid of it because of that.

--Erwin

hwojtek
Mar 13, 2008, 06:14 AM
Or he has just realized, that swapping the CPU doesn't accelerate graphics subsystem enough to run Colin McRae Rally... :rolleyes:

err404
Mar 13, 2008, 12:59 PM
What chips on the motherboard changed?


It's my understanding that nothing has physically changed, but the original Core Solo firmware only recognizes 2G.