Mac Mini Core 2 Duo / 2.53 (Server)

The Mac mini Core 2 Duo / 2.53 (server) is a revised server iteration of the Mac mini Core 2 Duo / 2.53 (late 2009) and therefore lacks a slot-loaded optical disk drive. Other than that, its design is the same – a net-top in a cuboid casing with an external power unit. As for the hardware, the Mac mini Core 2 Duo / 2.53 (server) has dual 500 GB hard drives and MacOS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Server aboard. The Mac mini Core 2 Duo / 2.53 (late 2009) features a 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (P8700) processor, 2 GB of RAM (PC2-5300), dual 500 GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drives (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 / 2.53 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” / 2.53 is shipped without a display, a keyboard and a mouse.

Mac Mini Core 2 Duo / 2.53 (Server)

Introduced on: October 20, 2009.


  • Processor Speed: 2.53 GHz.
  • Processor Architecture: 64-bit.
  • Processor Upgrade: Soldered.
  • Processor type: Intel “Core 2 Duo” (P8700 “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: 1920 x 1200.
  • Storage: 2x 500 GB, 5400-rpm Ultra ATA-100 up to 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: None.
  • 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: Server 10.6.1.
  • 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: MC408LL/A.

Discontinued: June 15, 2010.

Price: $999.

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 more – 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: 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:

  • Move very close to your Mac mini (within 3 to 4 inches).
  • Point the Apple Remote at the front of your Mac mini.
  • 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:

  • Choose Apple Menu > System Preferences from the menu bar.
  • Click Security, and then click Unpair.

How to turn off IR Reception: 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.

How to Get Answers About Your Mac Mini

More information about using your Mac mini is available in Mac Help on your computer, and on the Internet at

To open Mac Help:

  1. Click the Finder icon in the Dock (the bar of icons along the edge of the screen).
  2. Click the Help menu in the menu bar and do one of the following: 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. You can also choose Mac Help to open the Mac Help window, where you can browse topics or type a search question.

Occasionally you may have problems while working with your Mac mini. Read on for troubleshooting tips to try when you have a problem. You can also find more troubleshooting information in Mac Help or on the Mac mini Service & Support Website at

Warning: Do not attempt to open your Mac mini. If your Mac mini needs service, contact an Apple Authorized Service Provider or Apple for service. Your Mac mini doesn’t have any user-serviceable parts.


  • The 500 GB drives can be replaced with SSD that increase the server life. The Mac Mini can run server under Ubuntu Server as well.
  • To locating your Mac mini serial number, use any of these methods: a) Choose Apple Menu from the menu bar and then choose About This Mac. Click the version number beneath the words “Mac OS X” to cycle through the Mac OS X version number, the build version, and the serial number. b) Open System Profiler in /Applications/Utilities/ and click Hardware. c) Look on the bottom of your Mac mini.


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Mac Mini Late 2009 Unboxing and Review. Video published by baozitech, on January 14, 2010


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  • Core 2 Duo Mac Mini used to be connected to success-hued even years before it became obsolete.

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