Trouble was it wouldn't run new version of word so I couldn't open the document. And, thanks to this page, so it began Upgraded firmware to 2. System memory map related I assume. Older posts years ago and mac upgrade vendors have also listed that limitation. Then thought an SSD would be nice. Problem that it was SATA 2 and although supposedly "backwards compatible" to SATA 1 - it wasn't - without a firmware upgrade didn't work this out until installs from TimeMachine loaded up and then apps started dropping out.
To do the SSD firmware upgrade, had to remove the SSD, reinstall the old HDD and burn a boot disk with the new firmware using the mini our only writable disk drive and then boot update? Per this www. After this it went like a rocket. Installed office for mac original purpose lost in the mists of time! Or no Then decided to upgrade cpu and get to lion to access a TM backup Temperatures OK if not pushing it with lid off, 1 rivet in place and some arctic 5 thermal compound.
Will be slightly more comfortable once ebay member finally ships my replacements 20mm M3 bolts which I ordered in anticipation thanks to someone else on here! So now I have questions Case, drive swap. Is there any way to take advantage of the 3 gigabit link speed in the SSD, rather than the 1.
Reports there generally were on SIL based cards which require a driver install. And not bootable. Your call if you want to try installing the unofficial OS X univ trim enabler. Taking the mini apart was quite easy. Didn't need to use a putty knife as many of the guides say.
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I used a Swiss army knife and the bottle opener part. Lid popped off very easy and I did follow the ifixit guide which has great pics. New CPU in, thermal paste and all back together. Had a bit of trouble getting the lid back on as I caught the silver bits of the chassis.
Lid back off and next attempt the lid wiggled on avoiding the silver bits. Never higher. Lion Install - this is where I had trouble as there are many ways to achieve this and it can be confusing Below I post a step by step that hopefully others may benefit from it. I have 2 macs. A inch iMac and the above mentioned Mac Mini. Because I have this setup, I used the target disk mode install. Steps below.
If not already owned Buy FireWire cable. Place both macs together so the FireWire cable can reach them both. Plug cable in. I copied the Lion Installer to the desktop so it was easy to get to. The installer would start, I would choose the mac mini HD, the install files would copy across in about 3 minutes, then the iMac would restart. Upon restart I was faced with a selection of disks to choose.
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Nowhere on the web could I find the answer to this. Every guide just says " install via target disc mode" and that's it. I changed them to different names - iMac HD and MacMini HD, although renaming one would have sufficed and attempted the target disk mode install again. This time when the installer copied the files and then restarted the iMac, the installer simply picks up where it left off and installs Lion to the MacMini HD - Success. I really wanted to report this here as it might help others. Just make sure your HD's don't have the same names.
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Boot up mac mini to target disc mode. Many guides say to simply hold down the letter T when powering up the mini. This did not work for me on several attempts. Go into system prefs, startup disc, and click the target disc mode button. The mini will reboot to TDM. Use whatever method works for you. Not important. The MacMini hd should now be mounted and visible in Finder and on the desktop. Find the lion installer and double click on it. The installer will start. When the installer gets to the disc selection window it will be defaulted to the iMacs hd. Simply click the " other disc, more options " button to see all the discs you can install to.
Find your MacMini hd disc, select it and continue. What will happen now - the Lion installer will copy about 3 minutes worth of data to the mac mini HD via the FireWire cable. When these files are copied the Lion installer will need to reboot the iMac so that the Lion installer can actually install Lion. When the iMac reboots the Lion installer will automatically continue with the Lion install. It will take about 30 minutes and a progress bar will be visible counting down the minutes. Once Lion finishes the install it will restart the iMac.
No big issue and it does boot from it too.
Your mac mini should still be in Target Disk Mode as we have not touched it during this install. If it isn't make sure it is. Even though the Mini 1,1 has been upgraded with a supported Core2Duo CPU, Lion still won't run from the "unsupported" Mini model as long as the standard unedited supported models plist file is present. Some have edited the file but most just delete it. We will delete the plist file in the terminal. Type your password and hit enter.
The file will be deleted. Turn the mac mini off by hitting the power button on the rear of it.
Turn the mac mini on. The mac mini should boot up as normal to OS X Lion. Before doing any software updates have a read through this page of reports as the plist file we removed might be put back by some updates esp. Don't panic if this does occur, you can put it back in target disk mode and use the commands above to remove the plist file again.
Sorry if this guide seems very basic to many of you but I wanted to do a step by step for those wondering if they could attempt it. I've not installed Lion on anything of mine yet. Not anything I really needed in BTW: I hesitate to even mention this as maybe not an issue anymore but just a FYI in case any issues are seen after renaming a volume that has 3rd party apps installed.
I don't have a second - newer - Mac so using target disk mode wasn't an option. I ended up making a bootable USB stick by following the instructions in this forum post Sure enough, at the first reboot I got the blocked symbol so I booted from USB again and deleted PlatformSupport.