Old Mac Mini 10.6.8 to 10.7.4

Posted on 2012-08-29
Last Modified: 2012-08-29
As a long time PC user I have a job to do on a Mac, which I'd been looking forward to as every raves about them . . . .

After an exceptionally frustrating start, to run the app I need to upgrade from 10.6.8 to 10.7.4 which is proving difficult.

It would appear that there is an update to 10.8.1, but apparently this will not work on the older Mac Mini which I have.

Any suggestions as what to do next - FWIW I have opened a dev account.

Many thanks in advance!

Question by:Buzby58
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    by:Eric Sumaway
    Depending on which Mac Mini you have, if it's an older Mac Mini running non Core 2 Duo processor, OS X 10.7.4 ( a.k.a. Lion) won't run or install on that particular Mac Mini.  The requirements has to have a Core 2 Duo processor and above to run 10.7.4 (Lion) and 10.8.1 (a.k.a Mountain Lion).  You would have to purchase a new Mac Mini to run those OS's.  BTW, what app are you trying to run or install?

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I've been told conflicting things by a colleague.

    The spec is as follows:-

      Model Name:      Mac mini
      Model Identifier:      Macmini2,1
      Processor Name:      Intel Core 2 Duo
      Processor Speed:      1.83 GHz
      Number Of Processors:      1
      Total Number Of Cores:      2
      L2 Cache:      2 MB
      Memory:      1 GB
      Bus Speed:      667 MHz
      Boot ROM Version:      MM21.009A.B00
      SMC Version (system):      1.19f2

    Basically I'm trying to install XCode to use with Titanium Appcelerator.

    Given your answer do you think it'll work on the above spec?

    Many thanks

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    Your specs helps out a little more.  Given what you have and want to upgrade to the new Mountain Lion (10.8.1), all you're missing from Apples requirement is upgrading your RAM from 1 GB to at least 2 GB.  You Mac Mini meets the requirements, so just upgrade the memory and it should install OK.  As for installing XCode, I believe it should run on 10.6.8.  Not 100% sure, but more apps will run and work on OS X 10.6.8 and above.

    Hope that helps.

    Author Closing Comment

    Thanks for a prompt and succinct reply - much appreciated.

    Best regards


    PS: XCode 4.4 is looking for 10.7.4 and I can't find the XCode 4.2 download.

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