Mac Mini Core 2 Duo / 2.26 (Late 2009)

The Mac mini Core 2 Duo / 2.26 is the Intel Mac mini in a cuboid casing with an external power unit and a slot-loaded optical disk drive. The 2GB RAM has become standard, the VRAM has also been increased as well as the hard drive capacity. The Mac mini Core 2 Duo / 2.26 (late 2009) features a 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (P7550) processor, 2 GB of RAM (PC2-5300), a 160 GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive (5400 RPM), an 8X double-layer SuperDrive and GeForce 9400M graphics with 256 MB of integrated memory. The net top has a mini-DVI and Mini DisplayPort video out, five USB 2.0 ports and one Firewire 800 port, a built-in mono-speaker, an audio-out mini-jack and an audio line-in/digital audio input. As for the wireless, the Mac mini Core 2 Duo / 2.26 (late 2009) has standard to AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. The cooling system is fanless. The Mac mini Core 2 Duo / 2.26 is shipped without a display, a keyboard and a mouse.

Mac Mini Core 2 Duo / 2.26 (Late 2009)

Introduced on: October 20, 2009.


  • Processor Speed: 2.26 GHz.
  • Processor Architecture: 64-bit.
  • Processor Upgrade: Soldered.
  • Processor type: Intel Core 2 Duo (P7550 “Penryn”).
  • Cores: 2.
  • On-Board RAM: DDR2 2 GB, 667 MHz.
  • Max. RAM supported: DDR2 8 GB.
  • Graphics: GeForce 9400M with 256 MB of integrated memory.
  • Dual display support: Yes.
  • Resolution Support: 2560 x 1600.
  • Storage: 160 GB, 5400-rpm Ultra ATA-100 up to 320 or 500 GB Hard Drive Supported.
  • Input\Output: 5 x USB 2.0, Firewire 800, built-in mono-speaker, audio-out mini-jack, audio line-in/digital audio input, Mini-DVI and Mini DisplayPort video out.
  • Optical drive: 8X double-layer “SuperDrive”.
  • Internet \ Wireless connection: 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet, optional 56k V.92 modem, AirPort Extreme Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/ n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.
  • Preinstalled OS: X 10.6 (10A432)” Snow Leopard”.
  • OS max. upgrade: 10.11.x “El Capitan” (requires 2 GB).
  • Dimensions: 2.0 x 6.5 x 6.5 inch maximum.
  • Weight: 2.9 lb.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Model No: A1283 (EMC 2336).

Apple Order number: MC238LL/A.

Discontinued: June 15, 2010.

Price: $599.

Using the Apple Remote

With the optional Apple Remote you can play music from your iTunes music library, watch photo slideshows and QuickTime movie trailers, play a DVD with DVD Player, and perform other actions, all from across the room.

Your Apple Remote can:

  • Navigate in iTunes, iPhoto, and DVD Player.
  • Put to sleep or wake your Mac mini.

To use your Apple Remote:

  • Press the Play/Pause button to play or pause a song, slideshow, or movie.
  • Press the Next/Fast-forward or Previous/Rewind button to skip to the next or previous song in your iTunes library or the next or previous chapter in a DVD movie.
  • Hold down the Next/Fast-forward or Previous/Rewind button to fast-forward or rewind within a song or a movie.
  • Press the Volume Up or Volume Down button to adjust the volume.

Pairing Your Apple Remote on Your Mac Mini

If you have multiple computers or other devices with built-in IR receivers in a room (for example, more than one Mac mini in a home, office or lab), you can “pair” your Apple Remote with a specific computer or device. Pairing sets up the receiving computer or device so it’s controlled by only one remote.

To pair your Apple Remote with your Mac mini do the following:

  1. Move close to your Mac mini (within 3 to 4 inches).
  2. Point the Apple Remote at the front of your Mac mini.
  3. Press and hold the Next/Fast-forward and Menu buttons simultaneously for 5 seconds.

When you’ve successfully paired your Apple Remote with your Mac mini, a chainlink  symbol appears onscreen.

To delete a pairing between your Apple Remote and your Mac mini:

  1. Choose Apple Menu > System Preferences from the menu bar.
  2. Now click Security.
  3.  Then click Unpair.

You can use Security preferences to turn IR reception on or off. To turn off IR reception:

  • Choose Apple Menu > System Preferences from the menu bar and click Security.
  • Select the Disable remote control infrared receiver checkbox.

You can get more information about using your Mac mini is available in Mac Help on your computer.

To open Mac Help:

  1. Click the Finder icon in the Dock (the bar of icons along the edge of the screen).
  2. Next click the Help menu in the menu bar and do one of the following.
  3. Once inside the Help menu, type a question or term in the Search field, and select a topic from the list of results or select Show All Results to see all topics.
  4. Choose Mac Help to open the Mac Help window, where you can browse topics or type a search question.


  • This Mac mini is one of the most efficient net-tops, consuming less than 13 Watts of power at idle. Its package is produced of recycled paper.
  • In addition to the new case design, compared to the Early 2008/Penryn models, the Unibody line offered a new no button glass multi-touch trackpad with support for four finger gestures and programmable zones, a faster architecture with a faster system bus, faster memory, and a faster graphics processor, as well as an LED-backlit display
  • You can identify Mac mini model you have using the following methods: – By serial number: On most Apple computers with OS X, you will find the serial number in the About This Mac window. Otherwise, you will find the serial number on the bottom of your Mac mini. Then type the serial number into the Check Your Service and Support Coverage page on Apple official websiteThe resulting screen will show the model of your Mac mini. You can also determine the model by marketing number on the box. Indeed, if you still have the box for your Mac mini, you’ll find a sticker on the box that lists the marketing model number.


  • Sell your old Mac mini online now! We pay the best price on the online market for secondhand electronic devices: Sell old Mac mini, save money for a new model now.

Mac Mini Core Duo – How to disassemble and upgrade Memory and Hard Drive A1176. Published by The 8-Bit Guy on May 5, 2013. This video shows how to upgrade the RAM and Hard Drive on the A1176 Mac Mini Core Duo and Core-2 Duo Models.


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