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I have an old Mac Mini Core Solo (2006 model). I wanted to know if it's possible to install Manjaro on an SSD and then swap the old Mac drive with the Manjaro SSD? I've tried using Rufus to make a bootable SSD and when I installed it in the Mac, all I get is a blank gray screen. I was hoping to get to an install screen but no luck. What am I doing wrong? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • What file did you download? Can you give a link? Commented Apr 20, 2020 at 5:11
  • If you are installing 32 bit Manjaro 18.0.4, then you will need at least 1 GB of memory. Your Mac started witn 512 MB and can go up to 2 GB. Commented Apr 20, 2020 at 5:52
  • Can I assume you did not try the optical drive for installation? Commented Apr 20, 2020 at 5:54
  • I used the 64 bit version located here manjaro.org/downloads/official/kde
    – Larry
    Commented Apr 20, 2020 at 16:01
  • I did not go the optical route as for reasons I don't know I'm unable to boot from a dvd. I could give it another shot and see if it works (I haven't tried with Manjaro yet. I should also add that I'm not getting any registering of keystrokes using a wired keyboard.
    – Larry
    Commented Apr 20, 2020 at 16:03

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Rufus to use to make a bootable USB flash drive. In your case, you are suppose to boot from the flash drive to software that can install Manjaro on another drive. Usually, this is the the computers internal drive.

What you propose to do has the following flaws.

  • You want Rufus to put the software on the SSD drive you intend to install internal in the computer, instead of a USB flash drive.
  • You have not drive to install Manjaro on to. In other words, if you did get the SSD to boot from the Manjaro installation software put there by Rufus, then this software could not install to the internal drive because that is where the Manjaro installation software resides.

Additionally, the standard RAM that came with this model Mac was 512 MB. To install Manjaro, you need at least 1 GB of RAM. If you do not have enough RAM memory, then you can upgrade. I would recommend 2 GB of RAM. One such source is OWC.

You can not install any 64 bit version of Manjaro, because the processor in your Mac mini is 32 bit. AFAIK, the latest 32 bit version of Manjaro available for download is manjaro-xfce-18.0.4-x32-stable-minimal-i686.iso.

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