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client on mid 2010 mac mini server
Authored by: SOX on Dec 21, '10 04:01:08AM

I have a mac mini server but have not been able to install the client OS. I can do it, but then the ethernet and firewire do not work. According to Apple this is true and you can't install the CLient OS on the mac mini server 2010 model (thin one) and have the drivers for those work.

How did you do this?



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client on mid 2010 mac mini server
Authored by: Sven G on Dec 21, '10 04:23:46AM

Mac OS X 10.6.5 includes all the necessary drivers/kexts: so, applying the 10.6.5 client Combo update makes the Mac mini Server perfectly usable also as a desktop machine (and much more interesting for power users than the basic Mac mini; and you can always add an external MacBook Air SuperDrive afterwards).

As for actually installing OS X client (sofar available as 10.6-10.6.3), there is a very long discussion about this on the Apple forums:

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2465599&tstart=15

(with also some of my experiences, starting from page 14).

Personally, I used a 10.6.3 retail DVD from the latest family pack Mac Box Set (the one with iLife '11), booting the installer from a MacBook Pro built-in SuperDrive, in FireWire target disk mode (or, rather, "target DVD" mode): this gave me a working AirPort out of the box, and, after updating to 10.6.5, also a working ethernet and SD card reader; the only remaining problem is Boot Camp (if one wants to make use of it), for which some non-downloadable drivers are still missing, also with the recent 3.2 update (a Mac mini "non-server-edition" DVD is still necessary to install them).



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