Bit of a mess - some advice?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Trigli, Jun 1, 2015.

  1. Trigli macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2015

    I need a little help on this. I've got a 2006 Mini with an Intel Core Solo processor. I run a 10.6.8 OS. I recently bought a kobo glo ereader. The setup of the ereader needs a program online, on the kobo website. My OS is too slow to run this program. I need to upgrade my processor to a duo in order to install the Mac OS (Lion) that will let me run the program that runs the ereader. My question - is there an easier way around this?

  2. grcar Suspended


    Sep 28, 2014
    One way that macs become obsolete is the latest OS no longer supports them, and then software vendors stop updating their software for the older machines. You are in that position. If money is no object, buy a new machine from Apple, or otherwise buy a used one from eBay. The problem is, you may have to replace older software that will not run on the new machines.
  3. Jozone macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2007
    Realistically you could probably find a Early 2009 Mac Mini capable of running the latest OS for ~$250 either locally on Craigslist, or on eBay. While your machine could have the processor upgraded, the labor cost involved would likely exceed the value of your computer.

    If you just need to set up the eReader it seems the easier thing to do might be to use a friends or relatives computer to do so (unless you need to connect the ereader to a computer to sync every single book).
  4. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
  5. Trigli thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2015

    Yeah I was just talking to a guy doing tech support at Best Buy who claimed Mac minis are 'stand-alone' and can't have their processors changed (unless one really knows one's away around soldering and paste, as another member mentioned). Is this true?
  6. Jozone macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2007
    Believe it or not, your Mac Mini is the only one ever made (in the Mac Mini line) that has a socketed (upgradable) processor ('06 and '07 models). I wouldn't expect someone to know that unless they had been dealing with Mac repairs for quite some time (in which case I wouldn't expect them to be a tech at Best Buy :))

    I've upgraded a few of them as I had the old processor available -- its definitely only something I'd recommend to someone with at least intermediate level computer repair skills, this is the processor that would "max out" your Mac Mini CPU upgrade:

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