I’m thinking of getting an iMac (updated)

I read on the iMac list that you can run OS X on an iMac. And I’m inclined to secure one from Bruce (yep, he has one — a 266 MHz, the first iMac, I believe) and try to load the X. Hopefully I have OS X on CD and not DVD (have to check on that). It might be too slow, but the lure of running X with Safari is too tempting.

But it looks like you need a newer iMac to run OS X effectively.

Update: Yep, this tray-loading iMac 266 runs some flavor of OS 8, and besides needing an 8 MB disk partition to even start trying to run OS X, it’s probably not wise to take it past OS 9.

2 thoughts on “I’m thinking of getting an iMac (updated)

  1. MC

    At one time, I was running Panther on a 266 iMac (actually the 2nd generation), with 256 Megabytes of RAM installed. The system was PAINFULLY slow. I wouldn’t recommend running osx on any older mac unless you had a minimum of 384 megabytes of RAM installed. If you plan on running Tiger, 512 megabytes of RAM would be considered the minimum. For a 266 iMac, I would think a copy of version 9.2.2 would be ideal. It would would be snappy, and stable.

  2. Anonymous

    X post facto will get you over the 8 gig limit A 7200 speed drive really helps recommend 10.3at least128 ram more is better. Not the fastest machine in the world but worth doing, useable.

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