View Full Version : [ubuntu] Ubuntu 12.04.1 server with Mac Mini 2012

November 6th, 2012, 10:59 PM
Hi Forum,

I recently purchased a couple of the new 2012 Mac Mini's released a few months back. I'm having some issues getting them to work, however.

In comparison, I have a 2009/10 (can't remember) Mac Mini sitting here, that 12.04.1 installed perfect. I am using the exact same installation media (USB stick).

The first issue I run into, is that I must have noacpi option selected, to even get to the language selection after selecing 'Install Ubuntu Server'. With nothing selected, I get a blank screen. With others selected, I get mixed result of getting to the next screen but no (USB) keyboard support, or blank screen once more.

The second issue I face is, that in the installation, Ubuntu can't detect the network interface (in this case a Broadcom BCM5701, which is a different chipset to the older Mac Mini I have). I complete the installation however, and can boot into Ubuntu, but can't seem to add support for that chipset to Ubuntu at all.

I attempted the same with Ubuntu Server 12.10, It eliminated the first issue described in the install process, but still doesn't pick up the interface in install. I didn't bother completing the install after that. Ultimately, I would prefer 12.04.1 for it being LTS.

Any help provided is appreciated :).


January 18th, 2013, 03:17 AM
Hi Joe,

I had the same problems. The noacpi is required. As for the driver, I created a custom ISO which installed the drivers which I documented (http://wernerstrydom.com/journal/2013/01/13/installing-ubuntu-server-12-04-on-a-mac-mini-late-2012/).

You'll have to repeat the the following steps once installation is done:

dkms install -m tg3 -v 3.124c
modprobe tg3

After that, nothing else is required. It works pretty well.


February 20th, 2013, 10:28 AM
I can't seem to get the xorg server to run in the right mode. It starts up, but the color is all dithered or looks like 256 color mode (8bpp?). I can't seem to figure it out. I am using HDMI out and I am assuming that this mac mini has the Intel HD 4000 series graphics card.

Anone have any hints?