Disabling SIP

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by mikethebook, May 10, 2018.

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  1. mikethebook macrumors regular

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    How "dangerous" is disabling SIP if I want to install Sierra on a 2009 Mac Mini? The official limit of the 2009 Mac Mini is El Capitan but I really need Sierra and am not sure I can afford a new or even second-hand later model Mini. If I have anti-virus software like Sophos installed will that take care of any problems disabling SIP might cause? This is an area I know nothing about. I have a decent upgraded 2009 Mac Mini with an SSD and 8GB of RAM and plenty of life left in it. If I can install Sierra without major risk then that would seem to be the best way to go.
     
  2. jbarley macrumors 68040

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    I run two systems with SIP disabled, a MacPro1,1 and my main goto machine a MacPro3,1.
    For the past 2-3 years that I've been using these units I've noticed nothing "dangerous" whatsoever.
    Then again my use of these systems might be considered pretty lightweight.
     
  3. mikethebook thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks. What do you mean by lightweight? I'm on the internet much of the day.
     
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    I routinely disable SIP on all of my Macs, and don't lose any sleep over having done so.
    No problems so far.
     
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  6. thewap macrumors 6502a

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    I disabled sip on all comps, 2 x mbp, mba, for the last two years. No problems at all.
     
  7. mikethebook thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys. Now I just have to bite the bullet and see if I can install Sirrea without incident.
     
  8. jbarley macrumors 68040

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    Meaning I don't rely on my computer to make my living, just your regular old retired guy playing with old MacPro's to pass time time, and trying to keep what few brain cells I have left from leaving.:D
     
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