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Help with upgrading iMac

by risamay86 / December 8, 2012 10:01 PM PST


I purchased my iMac in 2006 and have never had any problems with it. It still runs fine for my purposes but I cannot use any new devices with it, like printers or iPhones. I have been looking into upgrding my iOS system but I am not sure which one I can run, if any. Right now, I am running 10.4.11, the original OS I started with. Specs are:
Model Name: iMac
Model Identifier: iMac5,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2 GHz
Number Of Processors: 1
Total Number Of Cores: 2
L2 Cache (per processor): 4 MB
Memory: 1 GB
Bus Speed: 667 MHz
Can I upgrade to any other iOS or should I look into a new system altogether? Thanks for any guidance.

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Help with Upgrade iMac
by dbennett48 / December 8, 2012 10:40 PM PST

One area you can upgrade is your memory. You will find the iMac will run much better with 4 GB or more. You can get more memory at crucial or kingston.

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Upgrading the memory will not help with your
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / December 8, 2012 11:35 PM PST

inability to run new printers or iPhones and the amount you can install varies with what model of iMac you have.
There were 4 different models of the 2.0Ghz series and the amount of memory varies from 2Gb to 4Gb.

You would certainly be able to move up to OSX 10.5.8 (Leopard) and with the added RAM you should be able to up as far as OSX 10.6 (Snow Leopard).
This would still put you two iterations behind the current version of OSX (10.8.2) without the ability to ever catch up.

That said, Apple no longer sells either of these versions but they are still available, for a price, on places like eBay and Amazon.

Given the age of your machine, you might want to consider a replacement for it rather than spend money of upgrading.
Take a look at this Refurbished, by Apple, iMac at the Apple store. Carries a 1 year Apple warranty (same as a new one) and eligible for AppleCare.
Good price too!


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