I need help upgrading!!

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

    jthree33 macrumors newbie

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    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

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    http://www.everymac.com/ultimate-mac-lookup/?search_keywords=iMac5,1

    http://www.everymac.com/ultimate-mac-lookup/?search_keywords=iMac6,1

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

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/D6106Z/A/os-x-lion

    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

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    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

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    Don't think you can update higher than Lion on those Macs?
     

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