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Jul 9, 2013 9:20 PM

My father just gave me his old iMac as a backup computer at my new apartment. As nice as that is, it is a 2006 iMac and is currently running OSx 10.4 TIGER!


I know this computer can be updated only up to Lion, which I really need to do. I am just not sure how to go about this since I can't seem to buy any of the old OSx versions. This computer does NOT have access to the app store, I need software on install disk or usb drive, just like how it was originally sold.


Do I need to install Leopard, then Snow Leopard, then LIon?  Can I skip straight to LIon? If so were can I obtain a valid copy?

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,855 points)
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    Jul 9, 2013 9:23 PM (in response to ab-w)

    You need to buy Snow Leopard from the online Apple Store.



  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,100 points)
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    Jul 9, 2013 9:27 PM (in response to ab-w)

    First, although it may be able to run Lion, the max RAM this machine will recognize is 3 GB. Lion is a memory hog snf 4 GB should be considered an absolute minimum - 8 would be better. Given the age of the machine, I would suggest updating to Snow Lwopard - you can buy that from Apple for 19.99 (in the US); it's an excellent OS, stable, and will run well with 2 or 3 GB RAM. You can install SL directly over Tiger with the retail DVD.

  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,145 points)
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    Jul 9, 2013 9:42 PM (in response to ab-w)

    You can purchase OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard here.



    My advice is that  once you purchase and install OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, you update it to OS X 10.6.8, using OS X software update feature and stay at the version! Update all of your other Apple software for updates and security updates.

    Your 2006 iMac may only take between 2-4 GBs of RAM Max. This isn't really enough additonal RAM to install to efficiently run OS X 10.7 Lion and will slow down and tax this older iMac's resources.

    If your 2006 model iMac is one that can take 4 GBs of RAM, these particular 2006 models will only recognize about 3.2-3.4 GBs of that total 4 GBs of RAM.

    This is fine for OS X 10,6 Snow Leopard, but will certainly bring your 2006 iMac to a crawl with OS X 10.7 Lion.

    Good Luck!

  • MichelPM Level 5 Level 5 (7,145 points)
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    Jul 9, 2013 9:44 PM (in response to babowa)

    Ya beat me to the punch, yet again,,Babowa.

    I gotta get a real keyboard case for my iPad.

    Just can't type as fast on the iPad software keyboard.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,100 points)
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    Jul 9, 2013 9:52 PM (in response to MichelPM)

    Ahh - until dictation works more reliably, I rarely use the iPad here - too cumbersome to type and no editing capabiity.... I've got a problem typing tonight though (a minor procedure on my middle finger resulting in a huge wrapping....)


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