Mac Mini 4,1 Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat)

This page aims to describe the steps needed, to fully enable all features of the Mid-2010 Mac Mini (Macmini4,1) unibody when using Ubuntu 10.10, Maverick Meerkat.

Installation tested with the Alternate i386 and x86_64 CDs.

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

    Sensors support the same as in Macbook. Sample:

$ sensors
Adapter: ISA adapter
Exhaust  :  1804 RPM  (min = 1800 RPM)
TC0D:        +51.8°C                                    
TC0P:        +49.5°C                                    

$ sudo modprobe coretemp
$ sensors
Adapter: ISA adapter
Exhaust  :  1796 RPM  (min = 1800 RPM)
TC0D:        +51.2°C                                    
TC0P:        +49.5°C                                    

Adapter: ISA adapter
Core 0:      +51.0°C  (high = +105.0°C, crit = +105.0°C)  

Adapter: ISA adapter
Core 1:      +47.0°C  (high = +105.0°C, crit = +105.0°C)  


  • TBD

Boot CD

  • To boot from the CD, hold down the "C" button while the machine is starting.

  • Before running the first option (Try without installing), press F6 and select (with space) each of the options except the last one.


  • Ubuntu will freeze partway through reboot. For proper working reboot and shutdown, add the following to the kernel parameters in /etc/default/grub :

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="noacpi nomodeset reboot=acpi"
  • If it still hangs just before reboot or halt, try the following parameters instead:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX="nomodeset reboot=pci"
  • NB : don't forget to update your grub config after every modification:

sudo update-grub


  • You can check if all CPU cores are detected. The following command should return 2.

cat /proc/cpuinfo | grep processor | wc -l


  • 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. Install only the btusb-dkms package.


  • 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 sh -c "echo 'options snd-hda-intel model=mbp55' >> /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf"
  • This will give you analog sound output. If you need digital output through HDMI, use the configuration from this forum post (Could also work for Display Port and SP/DIF but was not tested).


  • Works out of the box, but only tested on Kubuntu with a Logitech HD Webcam C270. In "Settings - System settings - Multimedia - Phonon" you need to prefer the 0825 Analog Mono device for "Audio Capture - Communication". The cam works perfectly, too.


  • 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/Maverick (last edited 2013-12-14 02:39:19 by knome)