intel mini upgrade question

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by nhcowboy1, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. nhcowboy1 macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2008
    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?
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

    Cave Man

    Feb 12, 2007
    Neander Valley, Germany; just outside Duesseldorf
    Lots of people have done this, and if done properly it gives you a dramatically-better computer.
  3. ADent macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2007
    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 $$$.
  4. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    not QUITE the same

    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.
  5. takeabyteoutta macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2008
  6. ADent macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2007
    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.
  7. Erwin-Br macrumors 6502a


    Feb 6, 2008
    The Netherlands
    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.

  8. hwojtek macrumors 65816


    Jan 26, 2008
    Poznan, Poland
    Or he has just realized, that swapping the CPU doesn't accelerate graphics subsystem enough to run Colin McRae Rally... :rolleyes:
  9. err404 macrumors 68020

    Mar 4, 2007
    It's my understanding that nothing has physically changed, but the original Core Solo firmware only recognizes 2G.

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