I need a bootable OS disc for my very old Mac Mini


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 20, 2017
I have a very, very old Mac Mini that I would like to put an OS on. I would much prefer Mac OS, but Linux would be OK.

The Mac is A1176, 2006, serial # YM80579TYL1, EMC # 2108. Core 2 duo 1.8Ghz. (I think, it might be a Core Duo).

Many years ago, I discovered that getting a disc that would boot on this thing was very, very trick. It apparently uses an Apple-hacked UEFI. I eventually found a Linux (I think Ubuntu) that would boot on it, but I do not remember how I did it. I think it was customized.

If Mac OS, I need a link (I know "torrent" is a bad word, but many millions of people use it) to a bootable Mac OS disc that I can burn under Linux. I do not have access to another Mac that I can use to burn a Mac-specific disc image.

Thank you.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 20, 2017
Edinburgh, Scotland
How close are you to an Apple Store? There are various tutorials on how to create a boot-disk using Windows etc, but the quickest and easiest way I find is to just take the machine there and get them to PXE boot it off their internal network.

That said, my local Apple store is about 200 metres away.


macrumors G4
Jul 30, 2003
You have a "Mid 2007" Mac mini. It originally shipped with 10.4 or 10.5, and can be upgraded to Lion (OS X 10.7.5), should you want to do that - and if it has been upgraded to 2GB RAM.
You COULD install Snow Leopard (10.6.8) from a DVD, which remains listed for purchase at the Apple web site.

Once you have Snow Leopard installed, you can ALSO purchase an App Store download for the Lion installer.
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