Mac Mini Core Duo / 1.66

The Mac mini Core Duo / 1.66 is the first Intel Mac mini in a cuboid casing with an external power unit and a slot-loaded optical disk drive. It has a double cored processor with 32-bit architecture. The Mac mini Core Duo / 1.66 features a 1.66 GHz Intel Core Duo (T2300) processor, 512 MB of RAM (PC2-5300), a 60.0 GB or an 80 GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive (5400 RPM), a slot-loading 8X DVD/CD-RW “Combo” drive or 2.4X double-layer “SuperDrive” and Intel GMA 950 graphics with 64 MB of integrated memory. The net top has a DVI video out, four USB 2.0 ports and one Firewire 400 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 Duo / 1.66 has standard to AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. The cooling system is fanless. The Mac mini Core Duo / 1.66 is shipped without a display, a keyboard and a mouse, but with a DVI-to-VGA adapter and an Apple remote to go with Apple Front Row software.

Mac Mini Core Duo / 1.66

Introduced on: February 28, 2006.


  • Processor Speed: 1.66 GHz.
  • Processor Architecture: 32-bit.
  • Processor Upgrade: ZIF Socket.
  • Processor type: Intel “Core Duo” (T2300).
  • Cores: 2.
  • On-Board RAM: DDR2 512 MB, 667 MHz.
  • Max. RAM supported: DDR2 2 GB.
  • Graphics: Intel GMA 950 with 64 MB of integrated memory.
  • Resolution Support: 1920 x 1200.
  • Storage: 60 GB \ 80 GB, 5400-rpm Ultra ATA-100 up to 128 GB Hard Drive Supported.
  • Input\Output: 4x USB 2.0, Firewire 400, built-in mono-speaker, audio-out mini-jack, audio line-in/digital audio input, DVI video out.
  • Optical drive: 8X DVD/CD-RW “Combo” drive \ 2.4X double-layer “SuperDrive”.
  • Internet \ Wireless connection: 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet, optional 56k V.92 modem, AirPort Extreme 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.
  • Preinstalled OS: X 10.4.5 (8H1619) “Tiger”.
  • OS max. upgrade: 10.6.8 “Snow Leopard”.
  • Dimensions: 2.0 x 6.5 x 6.5 inch.
  • Weight: 2.9 lb.

Using USB Devices

Your Mac mini comes with four USB 2.0 ports, which you can use to connect many types of external devices, including an iPod digital music player, keyboard, mouse, printer, scanner, external USB modem, digital camera, game pad, joystick, or floppy disk drive. USB makes it easy to connect peripherals. In most cases you can connect and disconnect a USB device while your computer is running. As soon as you connect the device, it is ready to use.

To use a USB device, simply connect the device to your computer. Your computer automatically accesses the necessary software whenever you connect a device. You can connect USB 1.1 devices and high-speed USB 2.0 devices to the USB 2.0 ports, but USB 1.1 devices won’t take advantage of the USB 2.0 higher transfer rate.

Note: Apple has included software to work with many USB devices. When you connect a USB device, if your Mac mini cannot find the correct software, you can install the software that came with the device or check the device manufacturer’s website for the latest software.

Using Multiple USB Devices at the Same Time

If all of your USB ports are being used and you want to connect more USB devices, you can purchase a USB hub. The USB hub connects to an unused USB port on your computer and provides additional USB ports (usually four or seven). Most USB hubs also have a power adapter that should be plugged into an outlet.

Important note: If you’re using a chain of USB devices and hubs, some USB devices may not work when connected through a combination of USB 2.0 high-speed hubs and USB 1.1 fullspeed or low-speed hubs. For example, you might not see an external USB hard drive on your desktop. To avoid this problem, do not connect together USB devices with different speeds. Connect your high-speed hub directly to your computer and connect high-speed devices to it. Connect a full-speed or low-speed hub directly to your computer and connect similar-speed devices to it.

More information about USB is available in Mac Help. Choose Help > Mac Help and search for USB. You can also find information on the Apple USB website at For information about USB devices available for your computer, check the Macintosh Products Guide at

Connecting with FireWire

Your computer has a FireWire 400 (H) port, which lets you easily connect and disconnect external high-speed devices—such as an iSight camera, digital video camera, printer, scanner, or hard disk—without restarting your computer.

These are some of the things you can do with FireWire:

  • Connect an Apple iSight camera and use the included iChat AV application to videoconference with friends and family over a high-speed Internet connection.
  • Connect a digital video camera to capture, transfer, or edit high-quality video directly on your computer using video-editing software such as iMovie or Final Cut Express.
  • Connect an external FireWire hard disk and use it to back up data or transfer files.
  • Connect an external FireWire disk (with Mac OS X installed on it) and start up from it. Open the Startup Disk preferences, and click the FireWire disk. Restart your computer.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Model No: A1176 (EMC 2108).

Apple Order number: MA206LL/A – 80 GB hard drive and a 2.4X “SuperDrive” configuration; MA607LL/A – 60 GB hard drive and a non-DVD+R DL capable 8X “Combo” drive configuration.

Discontinued: August 7, 2007.

Price: $799, $599.


There were two iterations of this model, with a separate Apple Order number each. The configuration featuring an 80 GB hard drive and a 2.4X “SuperDrive” was being sold since February 28, 2006 to September 6, 2006, while the one featuring a 60 GB hard drive and a non-DVD+R DL capable 8X “Combo” drive – since September 6, 2006 to August 7, 2007. See the Apple Order numbers above.


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