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Tully
Older iMac and OSX
on Jun 10, 2005 at 3:43:32 am

Hello World ...
Can an older iMac [with the coffee holder tray CD Slot] 333 w/ 32 mg of memory run any version of 10x.

THANX !


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Jeff Carpenter
Re: Older iMac and OSX
on Jun 10, 2005 at 4:11:42 am

Well, this is a big "maybe."

Right now, the answer is "no" but you could change that with a little bit of money. First off, I would not suggest getting any version of OSX earlier than "Panther" (10.3) I know it seems like an older OS might be better for an older computer, but OSX became a bit better at running on old machines with each revision, I believe.

You can probably find Panther on E-Bay now and I bet the price is going down every day. That's probably your best bet as far as the OS goes.

Here's what you'll need to run it, though:
http://www.apple.com/support/panther/install/

As you can see, you don't have enough RAM. It sounds like you have 1 RAM chip in your computer which means you have 1 slot still free. You can find the kind of RAM you need here:
http://www.crucial.com/store/listparts.asp?Mfr%2BProductline=Apple%2BiMac&m...

The way I see it, you have 2 good options:
$112 - Buy a 256 chip and have a total of 288 MB of RAM
or
$224 - Buy two 256 chips and replace your current RAM for a total of 512 MB

On the one hand, 512 MB is the best choice, but on the other hand, that's half as much money as a Mac Mini. So you'll have to decide if it's worth that much to you. (Hey, if you have $224 but you don't have $499 then it's worth it!)

I'd say OSX would run with either of those setups as long as you're not too excited about video editing or working with very large photos on a regular basis. But you're probably not doing too much of that now with your current setup anyway.

So yes, it could work, but given that you're going to have to spend some money to make it happen I think you should spend a while thinking about upgrading your machine. If you don't have enough cash to go for something new, I'd suggest something like this:

http://www.powermax.com/cgi-global/generate_css_temp.cgi?p=c-u58123

That would only only be a slight boost over what you have now, but it would only be about $150 more than my idea to buy more RAM for your current computer. It's worth considering.

Here's some other options for under $1,000:
http://www.powermax.com/cgi-global/generate_css_temp.cgi?p=c-u57358
http://www.powermax.com/cgi-global/generate_css_temp.cgi?p=c-u57288

At the very least, it will take you between $150 and $250 to get Panther and the RAM you need to run it. Once it gets to that point, I think it's worth considering all of these options. Good luck with whatever you decide!


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