Bought a Mac Mini with no OS, what do I do now?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by v12atom, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. v12atom macrumors newbie

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    Well I just bought a Mac Mini 2.5 ghz i5 off of eBay and it came with no OS. I have an external DVD burner, will it work with the mini and also, how do I install the OS and the drivers for it, and from where(came with no recovery disks either :p), hence the beautiful price. Thanks to whoever can answer this completely. :apple:
     
  2. MJL macrumors 6502a

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    Is there no recovery partition?
    Is there not some command at bootup (? key + R)
    Have a friend, use his/her time machine backup and then reboot from time machine and use the reinstall? (Should download it from Apple - I believe they tie the machine serial number with entitlement to license?)
     
  3. MTI macrumors 65816

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    Buy Snow Leopard DVD and then upgrade to Lion.
     
  4. deafgoose macrumors regular

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    when you boot up, hold down command + r and wait for the recovery to kick in.
     
  5. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    send me a pm I can help. if the recovery command + r fails
     
  6. mdgm macrumors 6502a

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    New Macs don't come with installation disks any more. If you want more info than what's been mentioned in the thread already start by having a look here: http://www.apple.com/macosx/recovery/
     
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    If you have an Apple store nearby, they might be willing to reinstall for you.
     
  8. mdgm macrumors 6502a

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    To start the Internet recovery I believe you'll need to use a wired USB keyboard.
     
  9. mjcharlton71 macrumors member

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    Works with a wireless keyboard (if previously paired). Just did it with my 2011 2.5GHz to factory restore before selling.... not sure if it'll work if not pre-paired.
     
  10. simsaladimbamba

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    That will not work with a 2011 Mac mini, as the 2011 Mac mini came with Lion and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard does not have the drivers for that machine, especially since the version on the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Upgrade DVD for 29 USD is 10.6.3/4.
     

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