Mac Mini Core Solo / 1.5

The Mac mini Core Solo / 1.5 is the first Intel Mac mini, though it has a single core version of the processor. The design – a cuboid casing with an external power unit and a slot-loaded optical disk drive – remained the same, while the hardware has been thoroughly upgraded. The processor speed as that of the RAM has been increased, the discreet graphic card has been replaced with an integrated one but with double the VRAM. The number of USB ports has also been increased, a new input has been added and the Bluetooth version – upgraded, but the modem has been dropped. It is now available for an extra cost. The Mac mini Core Solo / 1.5 features a 1.5 GHz Intel “Core Solo” (T1200) processor, 512 MB of RAM (PC2-5300), a 60.0 GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive (5400 RPM), a slot-loading 8X DVD/CD-RW “Combo” drive, 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 Solo / 1.5 has standard to AirPort Extreme (802.11g) and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. The cooling system is fanless. The Mac mini “Core Solo” / 1.5 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 Solo / 1.5

Introduced on: February 28, 2006.

Specifications

  • Processor Speed: 1.5 GHz.
  • Processor Architecture: 32-bit.
  • Processor Upgrade: ZIF Socket.
  • Processor type: Intel “Core Solo” (T1200).
  • Cores: 1.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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 maximum.
  • Weight: 2.9 lb.

About Mac OS X

Your Mac mini comes with Mac OS X Tiger and the iLife suite of applications. Learn more about Mac OS X and iLife in the Welcome to Tiger booklet that came with your Mac mini. You can also open Mac Help and browse the information there.

You’ll find plenty of information for new users, experienced users, and people switching to the Mac. If you experience any problems while using Mac OS X, see the troubleshooting tips in the back of this book or choose Help > Mac Help from the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Mac OS X includes:

  • Spotlight, a powerful search engine that automatically indexes all of your files.
  • Dashboard, an interface for putting handy “widgets” or mini-applications at your fingertips.
  • Exposé, which tiles and neatly displays all your open applications.

Most of the information about using your Mac is available in Mac Help. To open Mac Help:

  1. Click the Finder icon in the Dock (the group of icons along the edge of the screen).
  2. Choose Help > Mac Help (click the Help menu in the menu bar and choose Mac Help).
  3. Click in the search field, type a question, and press Return on your keyboard.

You can quickly customize your desktop and make your desktop look the way you want using System Preferences. Choose Apple Menu > System Preferences from the menu bar. System Preferences is your command center for most settings on your Mac mini. As you get to know your Mac mini, explore the various system preferences. For more information, choose Help > Mac Help and search for System Preferences or for the name of a specific preference.

How to Put the Mac Mini to Sleep or Shut It Down

When you have finished working with your Mac mini, you can put it to sleep or shut it down.

If you will be away from your Mac mini for less than a few days, put it to sleep. When the computer is in sleep mode, its screen is dark. You can quickly wake your Mac mini and bypass the startup process.

To put your Mac mini to sleep quickly, do one of the following:

  • Choose Apple Menu > Sleep.
  • Press the power button on the back of the Mac mini.
  • Choose Apple > System Preferences, click Energy Saver, and set a sleep timer.
  • Press and hold the Play/Pause button on the Apple Remote for three seconds.

To wake your Mac mini, press any key on the keyboard or any button on the Apple Remote. When your Mac mini wakes from sleep, your applications, documents, and computer settings are exactly as you left them.

On the contrary, if you won’t be using your Mac mini for more than a few days, shut it down. To shut down the machine, choose Apple Menu > Shut Down.

Warning: Shut down your Mac mini before moving it. Moving your Mac mini while the hard disk is spinning can damage the hard disk, causing loss of data or an inability to start up from the hard disk.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Model No: A1176 (EMC 2026).

Apple Order number: MA205LL/A.

Discontinued: September 6, 2006.à

Price: $599.

Miscellanea

  • T1200 is the slowest processor of the Core Solo family. But in these models can easily be upgraded to an Intel 64-bit Core 2 Duo.

Links

  • Asking yourself where to sell your used Mac mini? You’ve come to the right place. iGotOffer buys old computers for the best price online: Used Mac mini for sale.

Mac Mini Core Solo Review by ChannelAboutStuff, video published on February 2, 2013.

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