Will a 2006 Mac mini support lion ?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by macwantedbad, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. macwantedbad macrumors newbie

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    Hello, I just purchased a Mac mini and was wondering if it is possible to upgrade to lion from leopard 10.5 . Here are the specs I know 2006 Apple Mac Mini 1.66 Intel Core Duo,512MB RAM,60GB HDD
    Thanks in advance this is my first Mac .
     
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    To be honest, it would work, but it wouldn't work that well. I'd do Snow Leopard instead for a model that old.
     
  3. macwantedbad thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, and how would you go about finding and downloading snow leopard
     
  4. Nermal Moderator

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    Snow Leopard comes on DVD. You can get it from the Apple Store* or probably from a reseller of your choice.

    *If you're not in the US then change the "us" part of that URL to your country code (uk, nz, ca, etc).
     
  5. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    lion needs 2 gigs mem...and i believe snow leopard needs 1 gig mem
     
  6. pistooli macrumors regular

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    My 2006 mac mini runs Lion 10.7.5 just fine. It needs a bit of hacking, though:
    - swapped the cpu to a Core2Duo T7200 (64bit cpu)
    - upgraded EFI to mac mini 2,1 - now recognizes 4GB memory
    - Lion install - PlatformSupport.plist was deleted

    After all of the above it runs Lion nicely, GeekBench scores above 3000.
     
  7. LCD macrumors member

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    The latest my 2006 iMac 1.86GHz Core Duo will run is Snow Leopard. Core Duos are 32-bit processors. Lion requires 64-bit but even the first Core 2 Duos released in 2006 don't qualify.
     
  8. jchase2057 macrumors regular

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    Do that and you'll be fine.
     

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