Ubuntu on Mac Mini 2006

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by TyShawn, Nov 27, 2016.

  1. TyShawn macrumors 6502

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    I currently have an old 2006 Mac mini that isn't really supported any longer. I would like to transition this box to be a small home server that runs Unifi and Librenms on Ubuntu. I am trying to create a bootable USB drive as my DRD rom is dead, but once I try to boot to the drive the Mac doesn't see the drive. Could someone assist me with creating a bootable drive so I can load Ubuntu on this Mac.
     
  2. Derpage Suspended

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    Hi. If you have a computer with windows, the easiest solution is to use Rufus to create a bootable UEFI usb. Start there and report back if it doesn't work. https://rufus.akeo.ie/
     
  3. CUDA_Switch macrumors newbie

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    Sounds like a nice project for an old Mac Mini. First things first, if you don't have Windows then I'd suggest Unetbootin to create the USB. But according to http://askubuntu.com/questions/629772/ubuntu-on-a-mid-2007-mac-mini, you might have to jump through some hoops because these early Macs don't support 64-bit EFI booting. Looks like it should be doable though, or you can just buy/borrow an external DVD drive from someone to save yourself some time. Please let us know how it goes!
     
  4. adam9c1 macrumors 68000

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    You may want to migrate your UniFi controller to cloud key for about $84 at Baltic network

    I run my controller on a similar vintage MacBook without a screen (connected to external display) and will migrate to cloud key soonish.
     
  5. TyShawn, Nov 28, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2016

    TyShawn thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok everything is loaded. I didn't get the USB load to work but I found an Ubuntu 14 mac iso that worked. I burned that to a DVD (yes my drive worked). Then I upgraded everything to 16.0.4.1 server.

    As for using a cloud key, that won't work for me as I am using the same device to run an SNMP server. That service once I load all my devices on it will bring the CK to its knees. I will also look to running a Teamspeak server on this box as well.

    For those that are thinking about running the CK its about the same hardware as a Pi3.

    *Update*

    Small lesson learned. If you want to run this unit headless you will need a DVI dummy adapter. I Ordered mine from Amazon and should be here in a couple of days. I'm aware that I could have made one for a couple of dollars but for $3.00 more I can have one that was already put together.

    If anyone has any other tips I am open to them.
     

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