Mac Mini 4,1 Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx)

This page aims to describe the steps needed, to fully enable all features of the Mid-2010 Mac Mini unibody when using Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx.

Due to an unsupported chipset, standard Ubuntu will not currently install on the Mac Mini 4,1 (and the Macbook Pro 7.1). (reference: ). An upstream kernel patch has been reported on Launchpad (reference: ).
The patched kernel install can be downloaded from here This will work however disk access is slow until nVidia provides updated information to include in the kernel.

IconsPage/terminal.png You can find out, what model you have by typing at the terminal:

sudo dmidecode -s system-product-name

  • If you have a different model, please go here and find the right wiki.


Anything not mentioned here probably already works out of the box. If not, please refer to the Ubuntu Apple Users forum.

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IconsPage/ok.png IconsPage/info.png (works, with remarks)
IconsPage/warning.png (needs manual install)
IconsPage/dont.png (won't work)
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  • CD eject button is detected


  • TBD


  • Ubuntu will freeze partway through reboot


  • You can enjoy 3D acceleration by using the nVidia proprietary driver which can be retrieved in the ubuntu Hardware Drivers menu.


  • Installing the fix provided here and rebooting will enable bluetooth.

Wired network

  • You can download the latest tg3 driver from the Broadcom website. Unzip the archive and untar the tg3 driver package. In the newly created folder type 'make' and 'sudo make install'. After that you can load the driver with 'sudo modprobe tg3'.


  • For now, setting the sound card model to MacBook Pro 5,5 should enable the sound card. In the terminal enter the following and reboot.

sudo echo 'options snd-hda-intel model=mbp55' >> /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf


  • In the ubuntu Hardware Drivers menu you need to select a wireless driver. It should be named "Broadcom STA wireless driver"


Please update this page, if you have figured out anything, that is not mentioned here!

The MactelSupportTeam is about to restructure and reorganize the documentation for Intel-based Macs. If you are interested in helping, please visit our team page for information. For all Mactel wikis, there is a starting place here. There is also a thread about planning the Mactel docummentation going on.

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Macmini4-1/Lucid (last edited 2013-12-14 02:04:13 by knome)