9 Replies Latest reply: Oct 20, 2012 10:42 AM by BDAqua
Nowstamp Level 1 Level 1

Does anyone know if I should upgrade my 2006 imac with intel processors to a newer operating system and which one?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.1)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    It'll be painfully slow since it can only use 3 GB of RAM, but it can be done.


    So we know more about it...


    At the Apple Icon at top left>About this Mac, then click on More Info, then click on Hardware> and report this upto but not including the Serial#...


    Hardware Overview:


    Model Name: iMac

    Model Identifier: iMac7,1

    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo

    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz

    Number Of Processors: 1

    Total Number Of Cores: 2

    L2 Cache: 4 MB

    Memory: 6 GB

    Bus Speed: 800 MHz

    Boot ROM Version: IM71.007A.B03

    SMC Version (system): 1.21f4


    Snow Leopard/10.6.x Requirements...


    General requirements

       * Mac computer with an Intel processor

        * 1GB of memory (I say 4GB at least, more if you can afford it)

        * 5GB of available disk space (I say 30GB at least)

        * DVD drive for installation

        * Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.

        * Some features require Apple’s MobileMe service; fees and terms apply.


    Which apps work with Mac OS X 10.6?...



    It's been pulled from the online store & Apple Stores, so you have to call Apple to buy it, last I heard.

    Call Apple Sales...in the US: 1-800-MY-APPLE. Or Support... 1-800-275-2273


    Other countries...


  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4

    You could enable software update and advance to OS X 10.4.11.

  • Nowstamp Level 1 Level 1

    Here is the information about this imac:


    Hardware Overview:


      Model Name:          iMac

      Model Identifier:          iMac4,1

      Processor Name:          Intel Core Duo

      Processor Speed:          2 GHz

      Number Of Processors:          1

      Total Number Of Cores:          2

      L2 Cache (per processor):          2 MB

      Memory:          512 MB

      Bus Speed:          667 MHz

      Boot ROM Version:          IM41.0055.B08

      SMC Version:          1.1f5

  • Nowstamp Level 1 Level 1

    That was the first thing I tried and I received a message that no updates were available. This computer has been sitting on a shelf for five years and no one has done any updates to it. I was the original purchaser of this computer about 6 yrs ago, I left the company for five yrs, came back and luckily the computer was still here.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4

    There is something wrong here.


    You say you have OS X 10.4.1 - are you sure this is correct? - please check it.


    The latest version should be OS X 10.4.11.

  • Nowstamp Level 1 Level 1

    Sorry, your are correct. I have version 10.4.11

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Yikes, the highest you can go is 2 GB of RAM & OS 10.6.9



  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6

    10.6.8 surely?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    OOPs, yep 10.6.8 !