11 Replies Latest reply: Mar 30, 2011 11:09 AM by lpet
TaylorTod Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi guys i have a imac 1.83 ghz intel core 2 duo 17 inch.I'm wondering if i could install the latest OS on it.Is it possible?

IMac Late 2006 17 inch 1.83ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.1)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (278,405 points)
    I'm wondering if i could install the latest OS on it.Is it possible?


    Yes. All Intel Macs can run it; some machines may need more RAM to be installed first.

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  • Ralph Landry1 Level 8 Level 8 (38,460 points)
    Yes, an Intel iMac can run 10.6...however, some of the people on here recommend you have at least 2 GB ram and at least 10 GB free space on the hard drive. The Apple specs are for less memory but some recent posts show that SL uses a large portion of 2 GB of memory so to keep things moving without excessive hard drive swapping go for at least 2 GB ram.
  • TaylorTod Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks guys this information is really helpful Happy new year
  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (27,350 points)
    +at least 10 GB free space on the hard drive+

    Ralph,

    general recommendations I've read here for the OS to run properly are a minimum of +*10 - 15%*+ of total hard disk space; so, on a 160 GB hard drive, that'd be about 25 GB....
  • Ralph Landry1 Level 8 Level 8 (38,460 points)
    Barbara,

    Agreed...I was using a number some of the people on the Mac OS X groups throw out for just installing the OS...to operate efficiently you need more like that 10-15% free space on the HD.

    I have seen some use numbers like 30-40 GB or 10.5 or 10.6...these modern OS's need some breathing room.
  • : Appletoch : Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Guys!,

    Yes you can and also you can install Snow Leopard with only 1Gb of RAM and it works perfectly, no poblems.

    I did this on an iMac 20'' Late 2006.

    Regards,
  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (27,350 points)
    If it works for you, that's fine (how, I'm not sure; you will most likely notice crashes and the spinning beachball sooner or later); however, it is not good practice to actually recommend it.
  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (27,350 points)
    I actually agree with you on the higher numbers - when I had the late 2006 iMac, my own rule was to leave at least 40 GB (with a 250 GB hard drive) which proved difficult sometimes while working on a movie project! What with all the files (original plus special effects, etc, plus being a perfectionist meaning I'd create different effects until I got what I was envisioning and not wanting to ditch anything until I was sure I no longer needed it), I'd be using up to 100 GB for just one project.....yes, I said 100!! And that's for a 40 minute video in HD. And then of course it would need breathing room for rendering and finally burning.... With a 1 TB hard drive now, I won't have to worry about that for a while
  • fudgee-o Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I was about to begin install on my iMac 1.83 17" when I noticed the recommandation for 3Gb of RAM. I have 2GB and this is actually the highest this machine can get. So I hope it will be enough. But reading from you it will appear to be. Thanks
  • Leigh Kennedy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    No kidding? My MacBook only has 2GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM and it ran Snow Leopard without any problems.

    I am even running Lion (Build 11A390) on it now, and it is running great!

    The only reason for me needing an upgrade to 17" MacBook Pro with i7 and 4GB RAM is because of what I do for a job (intense Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, Premier...)

    I'm getting in a late 2006 iMac for a family computer because I love the white and it will have no issue with Snow Leopard either.
  • lpet Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have successfully installed a 2GB into my memory and uploaded 10.6 on to my computer.

    My question is: Can I install 10.6.4? Do I use the "combo" update from http://support.apple.com/kb/dl1048 ? I seemed to have downloaded the wrong 10.6.4 and it won't let me open it. Says that it requires 10.6.3. I bought the new track pad mouse and that is the soul purpose of running that device.
    Thanks!