Upgraded Early 2006 Mac Mini able to run Lion?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by paulrbeers, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    I have a buddy who has a Core Solo Mac Mini. From an old broken laptop I have a Core2Duo Merom 1.83ghz processor that I would be able to drop in it. It seems that would in essence make the Early 2006 Mac Mini equivalent to a Mid-2007 Mac Mini that can run Lion. I'm just not sure if there is a firmware limitation that would stop it from truly running in 64bit mode. Any one know?

    I actually did a swap just like this a couple of years ago and then sold the Mac Mini so I know I can physically do the swap, just not sure if it is worth it. If it can't run Lion Server, then I won't bother.
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    The thing Lion checks is the logicboard ID. This is burned into the board and cannot be changed. However, once the Mac Mini is upgraded to a C2D CPU, you can delete the SupportedPlatforms.plist and it will run without a problem.

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