How do I CHANGE my Macs model number - EG: "Macmini3,1"

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by glossywhite, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. glossywhite macrumors 65816


    Feb 28, 2008
    I want to try something out with the Snow Leopard installer. I have a debate going with someone, and I am pretty sure the SL installer checks MODEL ID of the machine, as part of the UPGRADE DVD qualification process.

    I know certain things can be modded via open firmware - if I can (temp) change my MODEL ID to Macmini2,1, and have SL UTD DVD reject the install (on a blank internal HDD) I can prove the installer IS looking at hardware IDs.

    Please tell me how I change from Macmini3,1 to Macmini2,1. Thanks
  2. justaregularjoe macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2008
    GENUIS idea. I hope it was yours originally. :D

    I will ask for you over at InsanelyMac. Those guys have to do it quite often. I will keep you posted.

    BTW here is 'your' thread @InsanelyMac.
  3. glossywhite thread starter macrumors 65816


    Feb 28, 2008
    This is the idea that I think MANY others are missing - why would the installer NOT look for qualifying Mac IDs, when that is what Apple have always done?. Yep, the idea is mine - some hothead said I was ridiculous... oh yeah?... we'll see ;)


    PLEASE see this thread for detailed info about hardware ID checks:

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