I need help upgrading!!

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  1. jthree33, Feb 9, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2015

    jthree33 macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2015
    I'm a novice with 2 old iMacs, running OS X 10.6.8 and I'd like some advice on how to upgrade. I can't download Yosemite via the site, assuming it's because of minimum system requirements.

    The First Imac is:
    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: 1 GB
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz

    The second is:

    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: 4 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz

    What are my options? Any help appreciated!!!!!!!
  2. Buggyflayer, Feb 10, 2015
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2015

    Buggyflayer macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2014
    West Sussex, UK


    You could buy Lion but that's as far as these will go.


    I wouldn't put Lion on the first one as it stands, it would feel sluggish with only 1GB RAM.

    You could get a feel for their value by monitoring ebay or similar for a week. Maybe sell them both & buy a slightly newer single machine that suits your needs?
  3. vlark macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2014

    Do you have the ATI Radeon X1600 graphics cards in those? They are known to be buggy. I have a 17 inch late 2006 iMac 2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo that, under Lion, gets a badly distorted screen if I turn on WiFi; the GPU heats up and checkerboard patterns abound. I didn't have as bad a problem under 10.6.8, but my wife needs apps that require Lion, so where we are. I bought it used, so I live with it. You just might want to keep the machines on 10.6.8 and opt to grab a "newer" used machine circa 2008/2009/2010 that can run Mavericks or Yosemite.
  4. SuperKerem macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2012
    Don't think you can update higher than Lion on those Macs?

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