9 Replies Latest reply: May 14, 2013 10:24 AM by MlchaelLAX
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I'm looking to upgrade the operating system on a mac mini. It's running Tiger 10.4.11 and i want to upgrade it to something  newer and more secure. Snow Leopard is the highest it can go, but it doesn't meet the requirements for some of the key features, such as the 64bit processing nor the OpenCL. So i'm unsure if snow leopard will run smooth on my mac. Any info at all would be nice.


it's an early 2006 mac mini


Processor - 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo


Memory - 1GB  667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM


Graphics - Intel GMA 950 - VRAM: 64MB of shared system memory


it has plenty hard drive space


Thanks for reading

Mac mini
Reply by Kappy on May 12, 2013 6:29 PM Helpful
I wouldn't worry about upgrading to Snow Leopard. It's hardly worth it considering how slowly it would run on your hardware. Go to Leopard instead which should be a little better than Tiger. Also, if you were to run Snow Leopard you would need to double your RAM at the very least. The big bottleneck with Snow Leopard would be your video processor. My suggestion is you buy a new machine.
Reply by RRFS on May 12, 2013 6:27 PM Helpful
Snow Leopard should work fine although in 32 bit mode. Install as much memory as it can take. Crucial or OWC have system guides to pick the correct type and max amounts.

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