"Vintage" 2006 iMac

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"Vintage" 2006 iMac

Post by ClipArtGuy » Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:33 pm

I've recently received an old 24" iMac 2006 intel core 2 duo. The least apple hardware I owned was an LCII all the way back in the 90's, and have been a windows/linux user ever since. I am wondering what is the most recent version of LC I can run on this machine, and would standalones produced in OSX 10.6.8 still be usable on a modern mac? If the answer is no, bonus points to anyone who can come up with a good use for this thing that keeps it out of a landfill.

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Re: "Vintage" 2006 iMac

Post by richmond62 » Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:35 pm

The 24" iMac will run:

Mac OS 10.7.5

Will run LC 8.1.10 that can hive off 64-bit standalones!

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Re: "Vintage" 2006 iMac

Post by ClipArtGuy » Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:42 pm

Thanks Richmond. Trying to officially update tells me that 10.6.8 is the highest I can go. If I were to come up with a 10.7.5 install disk, it should theoretically work? I am completely mac illiterate, so any info you can provide on upgrading OSX would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: "Vintage" 2006 iMac

Post by richmond62 » Thu Mar 18, 2021 2:43 pm

Although, in my experience, 8.1.10 screws up, so my 4 2006 24" iMacs have 8.1.9 installed on them . . .

OK, OK: 2 in my school, 1 in my house in Plovdiv, and the 4th in my lockdown house here up in the Bulgarian mountains.

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Re: "Vintage" 2006 iMac

Post by FourthWorld » Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:57 pm

Scotroll wrote:
Thu Apr 29, 2021 10:14 pm
2006 and it's Vintage... That's so strange, but true...
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Re: "Vintage" 2006 iMac

Post by PaulDaMacMan » Mon May 10, 2021 11:52 pm

I dunno about "Official", but depending on the GPU (has to have a 64bit kernel extension to go beyond 10.7.5) in that iMac, it could possibly run much newer versions of macOS.

I'm running macOS 10.10.5 on a Core2Quad (circa 2008) that has served as a media server (Plex) and archiving machine for the last 7+ years or so. It's a "Hackintosh" (R.I.P. "Hackintoshing, it was fun while it lasted), that's got 8 gigs of ram and a 1GIG Nvidia 9500GT (equivalent to Mac Edition 120GT), two PSUs, and 5 optical drives (lol). Almost all of it "dumpster-dived" parts that were destined for the landfill. I could probably take it up to 10.15 or maybe even 11.x but I just haven't bothered yet.

Pre-2nd Power Supply:
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Anyway...
I had an old Core2Duo iMac that I gave to my neice a few year back and I installed 10.11.6 on it with the vanilla Installers. I think I had to set the clock back a few years to get it to install due to dated authentication certificates in the installer (otherwise it acts like it's going to install and then just fails with error # when it checks the date).

If it has 32-bit EFI firmware, you might need a boot hack or a special boot-loader (OpenCore) to get it to boot newer macOS versions. I know some people are using this method to keep using their hacked and maxxed-out MacPros towers from 2009-2012 in business (all the way up to 10.11 Big Sur). Those machines are beasts that use server parts (XEON CPUs, 8 slots of Server RAM) that can use much newer dual-slot video cards.

I'm pretty sure LiveCode 9.x supports running on as far back as macOS 10.9.
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Re: "Vintage" 2006 iMac

Post by capellan » Tue May 11, 2021 8:57 pm

That is an amazing machine!

I have always seen all "Hacintosh" as curiosities that
prove beyond doubts that it's possible to install OSX
on Intel compatible hardware.

Could you actually use the Apple Store on these machines?

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Re: "Vintage" 2006 iMac

Post by PaulDaMacMan » Wed May 12, 2021 3:32 am

capellan wrote:
Tue May 11, 2021 8:57 pm
That is an amazing machine!
Thanks, it was hard to find a motherboard that supported that many drives and still had a largely macOS compatible chip-set (which is a key to having an easy time of it)
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Could you actually use the Apple Store on these machines?
Yes, as well as other Apple things like iCloud and iMessage too! BUT...the trick to that is having a valid Apple motherboard-serial number and a boot-loader that can insert it at boot. You can use the board serial from even old pre-appstore PowerPC Macs or nowadays there's apps to generate a new one that you can check the validity of on Apple's site. Hackintoshing is still not really for people who don't like to tinker around and modify kernel extensions and such, just to get the sound working properly, but it certainly did get a lot easier during the past 15 years. Alas the switch back to Apple proprietary CPUs means the end is near.
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Re: "Vintage" 2006 iMac

Post by richmond62 » Mon May 24, 2021 3:09 pm

If you have a modern computer, why do you need this rarity that is not capable of solving urgent problems? This is the first step towards cluttering your home with unnecessary things.
I see no reason to get "all moralistic" about this.

The thing that really worries me about the OP is that the things they clutter their home with are so new. 8)

I solve most of my urgent problems with a knife, a fork, and a spoon: and when things get really hairy I use a British Thornton slide rule from 1976.
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