Can my 1.5Ghz SoloCore be upgraded to a DualCore processor?
I have a new optical drive,
will increase the memory
put in a little larger drive in place of the original 60GB unit
I have upgraded my Mac mini T1200 1.5GHz Core Solo to a T7400 2.16GHz Core 2 Duo with absolutely no issues. The new processor runs a little hotter than the original. Mine has been stable with the upgrade for over two years.
I think you can. All the way up to a 2.33 GHz Core 2 Duo T7600. I upgraded my Core duo 1.83 to a Core 2 Duo 2.0 Ghz.
But isn't the Core Solo within the same A1176 Model line? I think it is. Just look on Ebay for the following processor numbers: T5600 Core 2 Duo 1.83, T7200 Core 2 Duo 2.0, T7400 Core 2 duo 2.16 and the aformentioned T7600. Just follow the guides in here for CPU replacement and you should be in luck.
Just look here: http://www.macintouch.com/specialreports...
I upgraded a Core Solo 1.5GHz with a T7600 Core 2 Duo 2.33 GHz. The guide here on ifixit is well done, and along with the notes on each step, it was all I needed to do the work.
I would say having the proper tools helps a lot. Who knew a spudger was so important :)