The pins released easily (Unlike my 1.66 Core Duo).
Partition 3 was used to install 10.7 and then apply combo update 10.7.4.
This partition was then used to create a disk image that would then be cloned onto the mini's hard drive without the platformsupport.plist or any user accounts.
A socketed CPU is a huge plus, although at some point future CPUs will not be compatible (and may use a different socket), but in the meantime it's a nice change to be able to use standard (high volume/commonly available) Intel CPUs for upgrades.
(And over time, CPU Prices drop as intel releases faster/later models.) For owners that swapped in a Core 2 Duo CPU, the original tip for Lion dev previews is reported to still work - I. Install lion on a drive connected to a supported mac (Target Disk Mode, FW, etc) and then delete the (hidden) "/System/Library/Core Services/Platform Support.plist" file.
I am happy to say my mini booted up just fine and 10.7.5 is working well so far.
Only complaint so far is the lack of scroll arrows in Lion.The early Intel-based i Macs also had a socketed CPU and there are a couple C2D CPU upgrade reports here on those.) This page has pre-2009 model Mac Mini owner comments on Core 2 Duo (and some Core Duo) CPU upgrades as the (2006-2008 mfg) Intel-CPU Mac Mini has a CPU socket on the logic board (as did early Intel-based i Macs).Some reports include notes on updating mac mini 1,1 efi firmware/bootrom to mini 2,1 version for 3GB RAM support vs 2GB w/mini 1,1 - Guide to Flashing Mini 1,1 to 2,1 at [ If anyone knows of another mirror of the Firmware DL, let me know.] There were several news page posts earlier in 2006 on Core Duo CPU swaps (before the Core 2 Duo), although they are not listed here, except for the one that included a step-by-step guide on Mini CPU swaps from early May 2006 (see (2006) Mac Mini Intel CPU Upgrade Guide) and later posted ifixit guide).5/15/2013 report has notes on ML/OS X 10.8.3) (from 12/13/2013 mail) 2006 Mini Core2Duo CPU upgrade report I upgraded the CPU, RAM, HDD and the optical drive in a 2006 Mac Mini (originally 1.66GHz Core Solo) I bought to be used with a TV as a multimedia and web browsing machine. I would recommend that people get all the parts together before opening up the Mini.The nylon screws that are available are definitely worth the - you might be able to get away with not replacing the clips, but is it worth it for ?I then used the external drive to boot the mini with 10.7.5, formatted the internal hard drive and cloned 10.7.4 onto the internal drive and rebooted.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating