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Old Feb 23, 2013, 09:49 PM   #1
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Will a 2006 Mac mini support lion ?

Hello, I just purchased a Mac mini and was wondering if it is possible to upgrade to lion from leopard 10.5 . Here are the specs I know 2006 Apple Mac Mini 1.66 Intel Core Duo,512MB RAM,60GB HDD
Thanks in advance this is my first Mac .
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 10:34 PM   #3
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To be honest, it would work, but it wouldn't work that well. I'd do Snow Leopard instead for a model that old.
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 10:38 PM   #4
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Thanks, and how would you go about finding and downloading snow leopard
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Old Feb 23, 2013, 10:40 PM   #5
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Thanks, and how would you go about finding and downloading snow leopard
Snow Leopard comes on DVD. You can get it from the Apple Store* or probably from a reseller of your choice.

*If you're not in the US then change the "us" part of that URL to your country code (uk, nz, ca, etc).
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Old Feb 24, 2013, 01:27 AM   #6
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lion needs 2 gigs mem...and i believe snow leopard needs 1 gig mem
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Old Feb 24, 2013, 08:41 AM   #7
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Hello, I just purchased a Mac mini and was wondering if it is possible to upgrade to lion from leopard 10.5 . Here are the specs I know 2006 Apple Mac Mini 1.66 Intel Core Duo,512MB RAM,60GB HDD
Thanks in advance this is my first Mac .
My 2006 mac mini runs Lion 10.7.5 just fine. It needs a bit of hacking, though:
- swapped the cpu to a Core2Duo T7200 (64bit cpu)
- upgraded EFI to mac mini 2,1 - now recognizes 4GB memory
- Lion install - PlatformSupport.plist was deleted

After all of the above it runs Lion nicely, GeekBench scores above 3000.
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Hello, I just purchased a Mac mini and was wondering if it is possible to upgrade to lion from leopard 10.5 . Here are the specs I know 2006 Apple Mac Mini 1.66 Intel Core Duo,512MB RAM,60GB HDD
Thanks in advance this is my first Mac .
The latest my 2006 iMac 1.86GHz Core Duo will run is Snow Leopard. Core Duos are 32-bit processors. Lion requires 64-bit but even the first Core 2 Duos released in 2006 don't qualify.
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My 2006 mac mini runs Lion 10.7.5 just fine. It needs a bit of hacking, though:
- swapped the cpu to a Core2Duo T7200 (64bit cpu)
- upgraded EFI to mac mini 2,1 - now recognizes 4GB memory
- Lion install - PlatformSupport.plist was deleted

After all of the above it runs Lion nicely, GeekBench scores above 3000.
Do that and you'll be fine.
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