Performance of Mini after Tiger-to-Snow Leopard upgrade

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by aep1974, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. aep1974 macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2010
    Hi all. I'm a newbie and have a question that I don't feel comfortable asking on the Apple forums. I have a Mac mini 10.4.11 (Tiger). I am planning on purchasing the $29 Snow Leopard upgrade (I've already read a thread on here discussing if that can be done). I am wondering about how the performance of my mini will be after the upgrade. If it will be less than stellar, perhaps it's time for me to bite the bullet and buy a new Mac. But if I can avoid that, I (and my wallet) would be very happy.

    The reason for this quickie upgrade is I bought the iPad and didn't inquire as to minimum requirements beforehand. It's probably the only question I didn't ask in my iPad research.
  2. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2005
    Well first, check that your mini is actually capable of running Snow Leopard. You say it came with Tiger. Later G4s came with that too, and they will not run Snow Leopard.
  3. MikieMcBikie macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2009
    agreed, name the specs. i upgraded a G4(1.67) laptop from tiger to leopard to use the new iphone, and it runs horrible. so i got a new mini lol.
  4. aep1974 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2010
    1.66 Intel Core Duo
  5. RRmalvado macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2010
    You can definitely install Snow Leopard on it.
  6. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
  7. kilowattradio macrumors regular


    May 11, 2009
    I run SL on a 1.66 MM and it works fine. You need the max of 2GB of ram though. I have noticed that sometimes graphic intensive flash video will seem slow, but my DVD movies play fine on it.
    Don't use it as a game machine with intensive graphics either.:D
  8. aep1974 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2010
  9. oowf macrumors newbie

    Jan 28, 2009
    US Citizen living in China
    Mac Mini with 10.4.11 won't upgrade


    I have decided to switch all of our computer systems over to Mac and in a couple of the less intense areas I bought three mac mini's for those places.

    They are the 2006 era production with the four USB Ports and the large video output...

    1.66 GHz Intel Core Duo and OS 10.4.11

    When I attempt to upgrade to either 10.5 X or SL 10.6.X I always get the message that the OS X can't be installed on this machine. I get the message on all three machine.

    Can someone help me? At this point since we just got the computers there is no data to protect or application to save.

    Thank You.

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