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Older iMAC & Udating programs

450 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Oct 12, 2012 6:29 AM by drdocument RSS
mwa102464 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 10, 2012 3:11 PM

I just added RAM to my late 2006 iMac to 4GB of RAM , and downloaded Mac OSX Snow Leopard as well. There is an Xcode download as well as Optional Downloads when downloading OSX Leopard, should I bother to download these since I am going to now upgrade to Mountain Lion ?  I also would like to know if I should uninstall the older 10.4 that I had, as well as uninstallthe OSX Snow Leopard once I install Mountain lion. 






iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.8), need to reset master password
  • drdocument Level 4 Level 4 (2,995 points)
  • drdocument Level 4 Level 4 (2,995 points)
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    Oct 10, 2012 3:32 PM (in response to mwa102464)

    When you update to a new version of Mac OS the "old" version will be removed automatically.


    You do not need Xcode unless you have applications which specifically require it. Same with optional downloads.


    In your earlier post you wrote that your iMac is "late 2006." Are you sure it is compatible with Mountain Lion (10.8)? The system requirements for Mountain Lion seem to suggest otherwise.

  • drdocument Level 4 Level 4 (2,995 points)
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    Oct 10, 2012 3:45 PM (in response to mwa102464)

    Not sure, but you might be able to install Lion (10.7). Check here.

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    Oct 10, 2012 10:00 PM (in response to mwa102464)

    My iMac Specs =



      Model Name:          iMac

      Model Identifier:          iMac5,1

      Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

      Processor Speed:          2.16 GHz

      Number Of Processors:          1

      Total Number Of Cores:          2

      L2 Cache:          4 MB

      Memory:          4 GB

      Bus Speed:          667 MHz

      Boot ROM Version:          IM51.0090.B09

      SMC Version (system):          1.9f4

      Serial Number (system):          xxxxxxxxxxxx

      Hardware UUID:          0xxxxxxxxxxx


    I've been told a few different things, by different people, so I'm posting my iMac Specs so someone can answer my question, it's simple, can I upgrade any further with ? Lion or Mountain Lion ? System is a late 2006 currently running Mac OS X




  • drdocument Level 4 Level 4 (2,995 points)
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    Oct 11, 2012 6:34 AM (in response to MWA1024)

    According to this your iMac5,1 can run Lion (10.7.5) but not Mountain Lion (10.8).

  • MWA1024 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 11, 2012 6:34 PM (in response to drdocument)

    I was told by Apple that I'm better off staying with Snow Leopard,,, Lion would only give me iCloud and a few other things and needs more RAM to run, and once my system starts using up some of the RAM I have it would run slower since Lion  needs more RAM to operate. I guess I will have to stick with the Snow Leopard I just bought and the 4 GB of RAM I just added and run like this until I can afford to upgrade to a new iMac. Thanks for all the help drd appreciate everything you helped me with.

  • drdocument Level 4 Level 4 (2,995 points)
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    Oct 12, 2012 6:29 AM (in response to MWA1024)

    Congrats on a choice that works for you. We have several Macs, and two of them are a older PPC iMacs, running 10.4 (Tiger), but they serve their purpose.


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