Newbie Questions.. Sorry :(

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Dieseltown, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. Dieseltown macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2015
    Hi All,

    Here's the situation. I bought a mac mini A1176 - but it was updated with a core 2 duo and 4GB of memory. It has Lion on it, and it came with it.. Lion isn't running as good as I expected the system to run, so i want to put Snow Leopard on this.. I've got the disc coming in the mail next week. From what I read SL may make this run a little better than lion does.

    With that said, is it just a simple format/install SL and everything will still work? Do I need to do any type of modifications for SL to see my 4GB of memory or anything?

    Sorry - very new to macs and I just got this one over a week ago so I don't have any clue what I am doing yet. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    PS. I know I wont be able to go back to Lion since its technically not supported without some modifications and I am okay with that.
  2. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    When you click the Apple logo in the upper left corner and then select About This Mac, what years' model does it say your Mac Mini is?
    The A1176 was used for many Mac Minis so knowing exactly which one you have will help.
  3. Dieseltown thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2015
    Thanks for the post.

    It's an Early 2006 - 1.83 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo
    4GB 667 Mhz Ddr2 Ram
    Intel GMA 950 64MB

    I don't see a model # - just a model name.. What else do you need?
  4. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    Agree, but the OP stated that the mini had an upgraded processor, which is very doable on the early intel minis.
  5. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    Well everymac says the max ram offered on that machine was 2GB.
    It looks like 4GB could be installed but the chipset itself is limited to 3GB.
    I've also seen some saying that the entire 4GB could be utilized after a firmware update so I'm not sure which is true.
    If you do want to switch back to Lion the instructions are here:
  6. poiihy macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2014
    For the install all you need to do is erase the disk and install and it would work. These old machines have a 32-bit EFI so they can't allocate more than 3.1GB or so. There may be a workaround to this.
  7. Dieseltown thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2015
    I could always just install it to an external drive first, just to see what the activity monitor reports the ram @ right? I think I may do that just to see..

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