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The Mac Mini (marketed as Mac mini) is a small form factor desktop computer manufactured by Apple Inc.

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Mac Mini with Ubuntu running very hot

I have installed Ubuntu 22.04 Gnome on a Mac Mini late 2012 with 16GB Ram and a 1TB SSD. Even when it's doing nothing and the CPU activity is idling at about 10% the case is getting very hot. Much ...
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MacMini 2010 with Ubuntu 22.04 - temperature problems (Fan Control)

I have a mac mini 2010 (4.1), with Ubuntu Desktop 22.04 and the temperature control doesn't work. I tried installing mbpfan and it didn't work. I tried installing macfanctld and it didn't work. This ...
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Ubuntu 20.04 5.11.0-40-generic => ALERT! UUID=... does not exist!

After auto updating the kernel from 5.11.0-38-generic to 5.11.0-40-generic my system won't boot My computers are Apple Mac mini 2019 (Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-8700B CPU @ 3.20GHz) and Apple Macbook pro ...
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Errors while installing Ubuntu 20.04 on a Mac Mini A1993

Idecided to install Ubuntu on my Mac Mini, and delete the macOS partition. While installing Ubuntu 20.04 on my Mac Mini 2018 model A1993 I came across some errors and the installer wasn't able to ...
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20.04 LTS on a Mac: startup freezes at black screen with solid cursor, no access

SETUP… Machine: Mac Mini (late 2009, Macmini3,1) with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS as only OS (only one partition) Use: SOHO Samba server Install: August 2021, upgraded all packages at that time but never ...
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Ubuntu 18.04 on Mac Mini mid-2007

I am trying to install Ubuntu on a mid-2007 Mac Mini (Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz). I received the computer second-hand and it has Linux Mint installed, but I don't have the admin password, so I want to do a ...
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Ubuntu 21.04 beta on Mac Mini won't boot after updates [closed]

I've been trying to set up an old Apple Mac Mini as an Ubuntu desktop machine for testing, etc. I was able to install the last LTS - Ubuntu 20.04 - and distros based upon that such as Mint, however ...
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Ubuntu on Macmini8,1 not booting

I am attempting to install 20.10 to a Mac mini that I have (Macmini8,1 aka "Late 2018"), and seem to be unable to. I'm installing what I would expect is the simplest scenario: I'm ...
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How can I activate wifi on BCM4364 using brcmfac driver & firmware?

I am running Ubuntu on a Mac Mini 8,1. "No WiFi Adapter Found" I started on 20.04 and only upgraded to get the latest Linux firmware in the hope of getting the wifi working. I also updated ...
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Cannot install Ubuntu 20.04 on Mac mini 2020

I have a brand new 2020 Mac mini (Intel i3 quad core chip). My install (dedicated Ubuntu NO dual boot) fails with the famous; Executing 'grub-install /dev/nvme0n1' failed. This is a fatal error. I ...
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Having trouble turning mbpfan into a system service

I'm a beginning Ubuntu user following this tutorial to enable fan management with mbpfan on my Mac Mini 4.1 running Ubuntu 18.04. I had good success initially and then got to the point of trying to ...
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Mac Mini 2.1 (32bit EFI / 64bit CPU) Ubuntu 18.04.2 Server - GRUB reports unknown filesystem

All the instructions I can find only deal with Ubuntu 16.04 and older. So my steps are probably wrong for 18.04 - for now I'm using the instructions found here: https://heeris.id.au/2014/ubuntu-plus-...
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How to install Linux on a fresh HDD in a Mac Mini (2007) - Please help

I had a HDD die in my Mac Mini 2007, I would like to have a dedicated Linux system. I do not have the CD's to install OSX. So I would prefer to just install Linux. Any help greatly appreciated.
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Ubuntu 18.04 cannot detect wireless networks, BCM4321

I've installed Ubuntu 18.04 to my very old Mac mini and the system isn't able to detect any wireless network, even though the computer is next to the wireless router. What I have done; Uninstall the ...
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Install Ubuntu 18.04 (mini.iso) on MacMini 2,1

I'm (desperately) try to install Ubuntu 18.04 64 bit (mini.iso) but I fail in each and every attempt. This is due to the 32 bit BIOS and 64 bit CPU which seems to confuse the installer. Until now, I ...
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Ubuntu 18.04LTS installer does not detect MacOS X on a Mac Mini [closed]

The Ubuntu package looks like a good thing; I would like to install it, but I'm not ready to trash my present operating system. The Ubuntu installation ISO file is 'not mountable' on my circa 2014 ...
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Ubuntu Desktop 18.04 LTS Installed but won't boot Mac Mini 4,1

As the title implies, I've managed to "successfully" install Ubuntu Desktop 18.04 LTS on my mid 2010 Mac Mini (4,1). But upon agreeing to reboot the system after the installation process completed, ...
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Ubuntu 18.04 won't boot and can't get back to Mac OS

I installed Ubuntu 18.04 on my Mac mini (late2014) and when it boots, it goes directly into Ubuntu. However, it won't load. An error message states the following: failed to open \EFI\ubuntu\...
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Installing Lubuntu on a MacMini Intel for future dual boot

I have an 'old' mid-2007 MacMini that works great hardwarewise (Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz + 2Gb RAM) but I'm stuck at MacOS 10.6.8 (SnowLeopard) and most of the usual apps on it won't upgrade past their ...
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How to install Ubuntu to a Mac Mini i7 2011 with AMD graphics?

I have a weird problem that I've never seen any documentation about. I'm trying to install Ubuntu on an old Mac Mini from 2011, with an i7 processor and an AMD graphics card. However, as soon as I ...
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Installing Ubuntu on Mac Mini 5,1

I have a mid-2011 Mac Mini 5,1 that I've been trying to install Ubuntu on so I can host Plex. I don't need Ubuntu, but I have this machine and want to replace macOS with Ubuntu for my media. I've ...
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Controlling a Mac Mini from Linux Mint - Some special keys don't work [closed]

I've installed TeamViewer on 2 machines: my ASUS X555-LD laptop running Linux Mint Cinnamon 17.3 and a late-2012 Mac Mini running OS X El Capitan. The task is to remote control the Mac with the ASUS ...
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Mac Mini Late 2012 Won't keep hdmi as default sound output

I've installed Ubuntu 16.04 on my late 2012 mac mini, in a dual boot configuration. The easiest Ubuntu install (or any install) I've ever done. EVERYTHING works great. All drivers are awesome, and it ...
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Impossible to Run Ubuntu on Mac, Help!

this is my first time here, I´ve been tried to install Ubuntu 16.04 in my mac mini 2012 without Refit or Refind, only using the native booting, i use unebootinf to create a booteable usb, but when i ...
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Wired Ethernet on Mac Mini with ubuntu 16.04

I installed 16.04 as a double boot on my 2011 Mac Mini and all seemed to work - until I tried to connect to my network (wired and wireless). I get the message that the connection is established after ...
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Installed Xenial on Mac Mini mid-2011. No options in EFI boot menu

The install went well. I've had to download b43updated.zip with firmware for the wireless network card, otherwise it's fine except for one other issue: Ubuntu boots Alt during boot doesn't show ...
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Installing ubuntu with yaboot

I've just got a old used macbook g4 that as only debian installed in it and I wanted to install ubuntu,but I've no idea of how to use yaboot to install ubuntu,can anyone help?
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Using Thunderbolt Port (Mini Displayport) for second monitor 15.10

The Background I just finished installing Ubuntu 15.10 on my MacMini 7,1 and it is working great except for the inability to use 2 monitors (something I can do in OS X). The computer has an HDMI port ...
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Upgrading OLD model Mac Mini A1176 (32bit firmware) to Ubuntu 14.04

I'm looking for answers here. I've tried a number of options. I have an A1176 mac, I'd like it to run the latest stable version of Ubuntu (Trusty Tahr) on account that it will only run Snow Leopard, ...
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Use Zentyal on Virtualbox with Mac Mini host... Crazy?

We are looking at upgrading our current server system in my school. Right now we have Zentyal 3.* running on a standard desktop PC. We never upgraded since we didn't want to break anything on the ...
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How to install ubuntu on an old mac-mini [duplicate]

I've got an old mac mini A1103, without airport, running on Mac OSX 10.5.8 I decided to install Ubuntu but I can't. Could anyone help me? Which is the proper version for my mac? my system: 1.25 Ghz ...
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Installing ubuntu on a mac mini using blutooth mouse/keyboard

I tried to install ubuntu on my mac mini. the first step is textual (we can choose to check hard drive, try ubuntu, install ubuntu, oem install) and my keyboard apple blutooth work just well but at ...
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Mac mini 2014 not booting Ubuntu 14.04 (no dual boot)

I just installed Ubuntu from a live usbkey on my brand new mac mini. Clean install to main HD with no dual boot or funny business: I plan on booting Ubuntu from the internal HD and connecting an ...
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Mac Mini late 2012 14.10 Server won't boot after install

I have installed (and reinstalled multiple times) Ubuntu Server 14.10 on a Mac Mini 6,2 (late 2012). The install media is a USB drive. The computer is connected to the internet through ethernet cable....
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Do I need to upgrade only the RAM for making Ubuntu's virtual machine quick and smooth as OS X at the same time?

I own a Mac mini Mid 2011. My Mac mini's details: 8GB RAM DDR3 1333 Intel Core i5 2,3 GHz Intel HD Graphics 3000 512 MB I have Ubuntu 14.10 and OS X 10.10 partitions with modified rEFInd, but it's ...
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MacMini Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 Headless Boot, Not Accessible, Not Booting

I have a 14.04 Ubuntu Desktop installation on a MacMini running headless in my closet. When I boot the server, it will not assign itself an IP address until I login to a user session. This means ...
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Why is there no sound(not even alsamixer) in my Mac Mini ?

I have a Mac mini early 2007. I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS i386 without using the bootcamp and just erasing all partitions(I mean there is no OS X on disk but only Ubuntu.). I have had no problems. ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 crashing on MacMini2013

I installed Ubuntu 13.04 x86_64 on my MacMini and it worked great (graphic performance was way better than under OSX). After upgrading to 13.10, I have on average, one crash per day. The syslog ...
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How do I fix corrupt background in LightDM?

After a fresh installation of Lubuntu 13.10 the default background image is distorted (the provided image shows a part of it). All GUI elements are displayed correctly. If I then select a different ...
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No sound 12.04 Mac Mini 4,1

I have a Mac Mini 4,1. I get no sound at all except when I play through the internal speaker. Currently sound is supposed to go through the HDMI cable to the TV. I can see the HDMI output in the sound ...
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Install 13.04 on Mac Mini (End 2012)

I am trying to install Ubuntu 13.04 (the 64-bit Mac variant) onto my Mac Mini. Thus I shrunk the main MacOSX partition and installed refind. Now I can boot into rEFInd and then select the usb stick, ...
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How do I install Ubuntu onto a Mac Mini?

I've been trying to install Ubuntu 12.04, 13.04 and 13.10 onto my mac mini using every tutorial I could find using dd or even a program similar to UNetbootin for mac, and nothing seems to be working. ...
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No network interfaces detected when installing Ubuntu Server on Mac Mini [duplicate]

I have a new Mac Mini (MacMini6,1 late 2012) that I would like to install Ubuntu Server 13.04 (ubuntu-13.04-server-amd64+mac.iso) on. But it seems like Ubuntu Server isn't able to detect my network ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 on Mac Mini 6,2 ethernet port Broadcom NetXtreme BCM57766 not detected

The said network adapter is not recognized in 13.04. In 12.04 and 12.10 I had used the driver proposed from broadcom download site, configured as dkms package it was always updated. On the 3.8.x ...
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How do I get a StarTech USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter working?

I bought a Startech USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter and looking for linux drivers. I did google search and did not come up with anything. Startech.com has only windows drivers. Any help on ...
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Ubuntu on Mac mini (late 2012)

I installed Ubuntu on my late 2012 Mac mini, but now I can't find/install the correct WiFi/Ethernet driver. Does anyone have a link to the correct driver and how to install it? Thanks! The network ...
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My Mac Mini (late 2012) will not show any wireless networks. Ubuntu 12.10

I am fairly new to ubuntu so a step by step answer would be appreciated. My wireless card is Broadcom BCM4331. Thank You. I also have no way to connect to the Internet on it except my original osx ...
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"No Operating System Found" after installing Ubuntu Server on Mac Mini 6,1

I'm struggling to install Ubuntu Server on my Mac Mini 6,1. It does boot on the USB stick and the install runs smoothly, but then when I try to boot, I get the message: No Operating System Found I'...
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Ubuntu on Mac mini and refit

I have successfully installed Ubuntu pangolin 64 bit on a mac mini 2011 5,3 ( server version ). I have used the Ubuntu iso which I then converted to .dmg and dd'ed into an usb stick. I didn't want to ...
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Problems with 12.10 and Mac Mini 2012

When installing Ubuntu 12.10 on a Mac Mini 6,2 (2012 model), it doesn't detect any network interface. How can I fix this?
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