New to me Core Solo

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by FastDustin, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. FastDustin macrumors newbie

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    Just recently acquired a used Mac mini core solo. I plan to use it to stream Netflix and hold my music. So I ordered a 500gb Hard Drive, 2gb ram, and an intel sl9 t7600 processor, along with a snow leopard disc. My question is once I install everything can I just insert the new os disc and boot and install from the disc or do I need to clone the old hard drive to upgrade the os? Anything else I need to change in the mini to make all my upgrades work?
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Colchiro macrumors member

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    Out of curiosity, assuming your Mini still boots after the surgery, how much will you have invested?:D
     
  3. FastDustin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Free mini
    $50 Hard Drive
    $20 Leopard
    $65 sl9 T7600
    $22 Ram
    Total- $157.00
    Core Solo on ebay is about this price so I figured for what I would use it for its worth the investment.
     
  4. Colchiro macrumors member

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    I initially assumed you had purchased your mini and would end up close to the same cost as a newer one, but not as fast due to the older cpu and slower buss speeds.

    Now I'm wondering how you'd come out if you sold it and purchased a newer (core2duo) Mini.
     
  5. FastDustin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Update
    So i received some new stuff for the mini and decided to boot it up for the first time. So i hooked up the power and dvi cable that i just bought and to my surprise my mini already has 2gb ram in it so i guess i can return the other 2 sticks. So now knowing it boots up ok i shut it down and opened it up for some surgery. I used a can of condensed air and blew alot of dust out, took out some screws and had to undo a few connectors and my mini now has a 500gb HD. Snapped it back together and inserted Snow Leopard and it installed in about a half hour. The only thing i noticed that seemed wrong with the mini is that the wifi antenna may be bad, only feet from the router and only 2 bars. suggestions? Also during the os install the cd drive was really noisy
     
  6. lucamacis macrumors member

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    Interesting you are having that problem with the Mac Mini. I had a similar problem when I opened up mine and wasnt able to fix it. It would say I have signal (very small) but my internet connection would slowly die. I fixed it just by plugging it directly through ethernet. Bought a 10m cable for £5 of Amazon.
     
  7. FastDustin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yeah i ended up hooking it up via ethernet, there some file that Im suppose to delete once upgrading the cpu. System/Library/CoreServices/PlatformSupport.plist

    My problem is that if i go into system-library-core services thats is as far as i can go, cant find a Platform support file ?
     
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