Upgrading from 32 bit processor to 64 bit SL question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by makleod, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. makleod macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2010
    #1
    I am plan on upgrading my Mac Mini from a 32 bit processor to a 64 bit one, and my question is do I need to re-install Snow Leopard to take advantage of the 64 bit programs and kernel, or does SL automatically adjust to the 64 bit processor? I initially installed SL on a 32 bit processor. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

    miles01110

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2006
    Location:
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    #2
    You're buying a new logic board or a new Mac Mini? How are you planning on "upgrading the processor" ?
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

    flopticalcube

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2006
    Location:
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    #3
    It should start up and run OK. You don't need the 64bit kernel. Look in Activity Monitor to see if the apps are running in 64bit mode. 1st gen Intel minis have upgradable CPUs so the 1.5 CS or 1.66 CD can be swapped for a C2D.
     
  4. makleod thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2010
    #4
    Yea the older Mac Minis don't have their processors soldered onto the motherboard. I plan on purchasing an Intel T7200 Socket M processor from eBay. Any other ways to ensure it's operating in mostly 64 bit mode(I've heard that iTunes and some other programs still run in 32 bit regardless)? Thanks!
     
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core

    miles01110

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2006
    Location:
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    #5
    Ah-hah, I guess I had never realized that. Thanks for the clarification.
     

Share This Page