11 Replies Latest reply: May 2, 2014 11:50 PM by MichelPM
brindlebobc Level 1 (0 points)

Hi, getting very frustrated : (

Have a 2006 Imac Intel; upgraded to snow leopard last year; now wanted to run Photoshop elements. Imac says NO. We needed Mountain Lion- ordered this online, computer says NO. Need more memory. So have bought and installed new memory (2gb + 1gb). Computer still says no, wont download Mountain Lion.

I just want to use elements!!

Any help appreciated, I'm not that computer savvy


Thanks : D


iMac (20-inch Late 2006), Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 (14,886 points)

    Your 2006 iMac will not run Mountain Lion, it is not capable. I suggest you purchase an older version of Elements that will run on Snow Leopard.

  • brindlebobc Level 1 (0 points)

    Such a downer, after buying elements and Mountain lion, and memory! I read somewhere that Lion might work?

  • rkaufmann87 Level 9 (55,218 points)

    I know its a downer however you should look at the manufacturer's minimum system requirements prior to spending your hard earned money. Considering your iMac is 8 years old, have your considered retiring it for a new or even an Apple refurbished Mac?

  • Mike Sombrio Level 6 (14,886 points)

    Lion will run on your iMac. However......running in 3gb of ram may not produce the pleasant experience that you may hope for. Your Mac maxes out at 4gb of ram and because of that, in my opinion, you're better off sticking with Snow leopard. Lion WILL run but you may end up with spinning beach balls while your Mac pages out to disk because you don't have enough ram.

  • MichelPM Level 6 (11,351 points)

    The new version PSE will run on OS X 10.7 Lion.

    PSE 12 runs on 10.7- 10.9

    Here are the system requirements for OS X 10.7 Lion.


    To use Lion, make sure your computer has the following:

    • An Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor
    • Mac OS X v10.6.6 or later to install via the Mac App Store (v10.6.8 recommended); you can install without Mac OS X v10.6 by using an OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive, available on the Apple Online Store
    • 7 GB of available disk space
    • 2 GB of RAM


    To find out info about your system

    Click on the Apple symbol in the upper left of the OS X main menu bar. A drop down menu appears. Click About this Mac. A smaller popup window appears. This gives you basic info like what version of OS X your iMac is running, the speed of your iMac's CPU and how much RAM is installed.

    Click on the button that says More Info. A larger window appears giving you a complete overview of your iMac's hardware specs.

    Highlight all of this info and copy/paste all of this into another reply to this post, editing out your iMac's serial number before actually posting the reply. This will tell us everything about your iMac so we may begin to help with your iMac issues.


    If your 2006 iMac can run Lion then you can purchase a Lion install code here.




    Before installing a major systems upgrade, it would be prudent to have a viable backup of your current system and important data in case something should go wrong with the installation.


    Good Luck!

  • brindlebobc Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks everyone! Someone was trying to help out with the best intentions and ordered M.Lion. Not able to buy a newer one at the minute, I know its old. Might look into the Lion option?!

  • brindlebobc Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks everyone!


    Here's the more info information:

    Model Name:          iMac

      Model Identifier:          iMac5,1

      Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

      Processor Speed:          2.16 GHz

      Number Of Processors:          1

      Total Number Of Cores:          2

      L2 Cache:          4 MB

      Memory:          3 GB

      Bus Speed:          667 MHz

      Boot ROM Version:          IM51.0090.B09

      SMC Version (system):          1.9f4

      Serial Number (system):

      Hardware UUID:          00000000-0000-1000-8000-0017F2D84522


    Does this mean Lion is yay or nay>? : D

  • MichelPM Level 6 (11,351 points)

    You're good to go for the Lion upgrade!

    My only big issue is that your iMac really have enough RAM to have your Mac running Lion and other resource intense applications like Photoshop.

    One of the other users here mentioned that, already.

    I do not know where you are from, but if you have access to Amazon.com, maybe you should consider staying on OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leoaprd (I still use Snow Leopard, also) and look for an older version of Photoshop Elements that'll still run on Snow Leopard.


    Photoshop Elements 10 and 11 run on OS X Snow Leopard.


    Also, seeing you are only looking to run PSE, another Phoroshop equivalent and cheaper alternative, if you do a search on Amazon, look for older version of Pixelmator. Pixelmator is a good PSE alternative.

    The older versions that ran on OS X 10.5 and 10.6 are not as good as the most recent version that run on OS X Mavericks, but it may have enough features to do what you need at a fraction of what PSE costs.


    Just a thought.



  • MichelPM Level 6 (11,351 points)

    I have a few more questions to put to you as you never mentioned anything about this.

    Are you new to image editing?

    Have you used Photoshop before?

    Why do you need Photoshop?

    What are you planning to use Photoshop for?

    Are you a hobbyist, novice, semi-pro, or pro photographer?


    The reason I am asking these questions is if you never used a sophisticated image editor before than learning any image editor is going to be a learning curve for you.


    I just, recently purchased very cheaply, I may add, from Amazon.com, Apple's own Pro image editor and image management software Aperture 3.

    You maybe able to find this cheap on Amazon, also.  The final version of Aperture 3 that runs on Snow Leopard is 3.2.4.

    Again,,putting some more Snow Leopard alternatives out there for you.

    I got an open box version of Aperture for $20 USD. I got all the original packaging and documentation (documentation also in like new condition) reg codes and the install disc, itself, was in like new condition.

  • brindlebobc Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Michel....I needed this to process and catalogue artwork of mine. Images for print purposes need to be RAW. This seemed the best route to get me there!

    We are now loading OSX Lion, so should run pse12 once this is done!

    Thanks everyone, great forum!

  • MichelPM Level 6 (11,351 points)

    I hope this all works out for you.


    Aperture is also designed to work with RAW files, also ( it's a pro App and has its own image management and cataloging  capabilites, also)

    Good Luck!