Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2013 9:01 AM (in response to Brion800)
Start by checking if you can run Snow Leopard:
Requirements for OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard'
OS 10.6 Snow Leopard is once again available for $19.99 from the Apple Store:
and in the UK:
but nobody knows for how long it will be available.
When you have installed it, run Software Update to download and install the latest updates for Snow Leopard.
To use iCloud you have to upgrade at least to Lion, but some functions are only available in Mountain Lion:
You can also purchase the code to use to download Lion (Lion requires an Intel-based Mac with a Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon processor and 2GB of RAM, running the latest version of Snow Leopard), or you can purchase Mountain Lion from the App Store - if you can run that:
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2013 9:37 AM (in response to Brion800)
First off, the last G5 iMac's were made in 2005 and all the iMac from 2006 on are Intel iMac's.
Second, is sounds like you have either an Early or Late 2006 Intel iMac because the 2007 models had an Aluminum case and not a white one.
Thirdly, those 2006 models only came with 512MB of 1GB or RAM which is hardly enough to run Snow Leopard and Safari at the same time. Plus to make matters worse the Early Core Duo's can only be upgraded to a maximum 2GB of RAM.
Lastly, many of those models were known to develop lines on the display's and cooked graphic's chip's if they were used for even moderate gaming.
Last and finally, it is on in years and most likely has both a well warn Hard Drive and Optical Drive that are going to make it unreliable at best.
With all that said, I do have a 17" Early 2006 Core Duo with 2GB of RAM that I bought brand new. It has survived the years pretty well with regular maintenance and a Hard Drive upgrade along the way. But to be perfectly honest, the only reason I even keep it around and maintained is so that the grandkids have a computer to use at papa's house.iMac, Mac Mini, iPad, iPods, Mac OS X (10.6.8), (10.8.2), Safari, iTunes, iPhoto
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2013 1:05 PM (in response to den.thed)
Thanks for that. I had my reservations when I bid for it on ebay. And I know what you mean about grandkids. I bought the iMac for my 8 year old neice!
The model is white with a built in webcam. The seller dated it as 2006. The seller upgraded it to 4GB of RAM and had a 750Mb hard drive installed.
It seems to work best with Tiger. Any attempt to update the system makes it freeze up and shut down.
I have the unused original 250Mb hard drive which I tested on another Mac and seems fine. I might try switching them.
If it is the graphics chip, can those me replaced?
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 10, 2013 6:15 PM (in response to Brion800)
Yea sounds like a Late 2006.
Not sure thought why it won't run Snow Leopard though, mine with 2GB runs fine as long as you don't open to many App's all at the same time.
If your upgrade it with the white Retail Snow Leopard Upgrade DVD, go straight for the > Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1 and see if that doesn't make it better.
No, I'm pretty sure that those ATI Radoen X1600 chips can not be changed or upgraded.
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