5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 3, 2013 3:04 PM by BDAqua
throwbacki Level 1 (0 points)

Based on others questions that have already been asked I believe that I can order and install 10.6 via disc. Has anyone done that and run into problems that made them wish they hadn't? The only problems I have with my good old 10.4 result when providers like Yahoo and Google upgrade their systems and leave me behind or degrade my features. I have a current Imac and this is a backup machine, so I can live with 10.4 rather than add problems if I have to.



24" Imac Intel, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)



    My mid 2007 iMac runs 10.5.8, 10.6.8, 10.75., 10.8.5, & 10.9.0 just fine, depending on what apps you need to run...


    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.

    Buy Snow Leopard > http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard

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


    Other countries...



    It looks like they might still have it...



  • throwbacki Level 1 (0 points)

    Perhaps you helped me TOO MUCH. I have very basic needs (As a measure, I have 200GB of 230GB disc space left....could probably dump more than half of that, and I believe I've had it since 2007...and I have a newer Imac that is what I use most often by far.)  and was merely wondering whether anyone had any notable problems upgrading. Clearly you didn't, but I'm hopeful I'll hear from people like myself, with a lower level of sophistication, who either found it a piece of cake or a mini-nightmare....


    Here's my overview:

    Hardware Overview:


      Model Name:    iMac

      Model Identifier:    iMac6,1

      Processor Name:    Intel Core 2 Duo

      Processor Speed:    2.16 GHz

      Number Of Processors:    1

      Total Number Of Cores:    2

      L2 Cache (per processor):    4 MB

      Memory:    1 GB

      Bus Speed:    667 MHz

      Boot ROM Version:    IM61.0093.B07

      SMC Version:    1.10f3

      Serial Number:    W864723JVGP



    Do you see any concerns other than memory? On that issue, I really don't know what my constraints are....affordability isn't one. I don't remember whether I added memory myself or had some added when I bought the machine:

    BANK 0/DIMM0:


      Size:    512 MB

      Type:    DDR2 SDRAM

      Speed:    667 MHz

      Status:    OK


    BANK 1/DIMM1:


      Size:    512 MB

      Type:    DDR2 SDRAM

      Speed:    667 MHz

      Status:    OK



    Thanks for your help, but anything other than a seriously dumbed down response for a novice is certain to go over my head.


    ps. I have added very little in terms of apps to the basic machine. Do I need to review the insanely exhaustive list provided in order to proceed comfortably?

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Well, my GF found 10.6.8 unbearably slow on her iMac 2.16 Ghz with 4 GB of RAM, of which it can really only use 3 GB, but matched pairs of 2*2 GB are a bit faster than 1 GB + 2GB.


    All she used it for was Internet & eMail.


    Still, if you wish to upgrade the RAM it's very easy & I can show you exactly what is needed.

  • throwbacki Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm not having any discernable speed problems now.....you're not suggesting the upgrade might slow things down, are you?


    Are you saying that buying 2 of these (2GB version):



    and one of these:



    .....would put me "in business"?


    BTW...Internet and eMail are my only uses as well.

    Subjectively, given that this is a backup machine and my needs are basic, this is worth doing versus sinking 2k into a new Imac, isn't it? I'm just trying to get all the features out of my Gmail/yahoo mail accounts and maybe add Google Chrome, etc..


    Thanks again.

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)

    Well, this RAM would do fine also...




    Install Videos...




    That & the 10.6 Disc will get you up, more modern things will be available, but yes, I think you'll find it not as fast as 10.4.11