Installing Snow Leopard on Mac Mini with only 512MB

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by sogz, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. sogz macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2013

    I have a Mac mini (Late 2006) with the following specs:

    Processor: 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo
    Memory: 512MB 667 MHz DR2 SDRAM

    The Snow Leopard manual says you need 'at least 1 GB of RAM (additional RAM is recommended)' though.

    Does that mean I definitely won't be able to upgrade to the OS X Snow Leopard I just bought? If not, could anyone please help me on what to do to upgrade to 1GB of RAM?

    Thank you
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Your mini supports up to 2GB of RAM. You can find specs on all Apple products, including maximum RAM:

    Some great sources for RAM for your Mac are OWC, Crucial and

    Mac mini: How to remove or install memory
  3. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    If you flash your Mini to 2,1 you can even use 4gb of memory (although only 3gb will be usable). Go to to see how to install memory in your mini. I've done it probably a dozen times with no issues. The hardest part is taking the "top off"
  4. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Definitely will not work. I had the same model, and rather than fiddling with removing the case myself I sent it in to OWC and had them do the upgrade to 2GB. It was a very smooth process:

    With 2GB you can install Snow Leopard, then download Lion for $19.99 from the App Store (App Store comes with Snow Leopard). That model will not run Mountain Lion however.

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