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Installing new OS #638951 04/29/16 06:01 PM
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Iím thinking about upgrading my OS to El Capitan. I presently have an early 2009 24-inch iMac running 10.9.5. Can I install El Capitan directly, skipping Yosemite?


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Re: Installing new OS [Re: drjohn] #638957 04/30/16 02:41 AM
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Apple won't let you download Yosemite anyway, they always make you do the latest. Even if you're on 10.6.8, it's straight to El Capitan. They know best, huh.

How much RAM in it. Without an SSD El Capitan slows up older machines.

Unless 10.9.5 isn't doing something you need stay with it. I'd look into replacing the HD with an SSD before going any farther. An SSD breathes new life into old machines. It speeds up those Core 2 Duo machines by a factor of 3 or so. It's a lot cheaper than a new machine.

Re: Installing new OS [Re: drjohn] #638958 04/30/16 03:20 AM
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Yeah. What Reboot said. Not even maxed out RAM helps that much.
I'm not sure what benefits El Capitan has to offer on older machines.

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Thanks for the advice. I think I'll leave well enough alone.


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I'm going to switch to Yosemite pretty soon.

I'm using 10.8.5 on my late 2013 Mini. I'm starting to get web sites telling me they don't support the version of Safari I have.

I'll have to deal with any slow-downs. Hoping the i7 chip and 4G ram will be adequate.


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Mavericks would take you up to the latest Safari, but unless you've already downloaded that or Yosemite on some machine, you'll have to go to El Capitan. I wouldn't recommend Yosemite anyway.

That i7 should handle everything fine BTW. You might want to put 8 gigs of RAM in it, you can get it for about $40 shipped from Crucial.

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I apologize, Reboot, I mis-spoke. I meant El Capitan.

Can I put 8 Gigs in this machine? Guess I'll have to check out what's available in ram for this machine.

Thanks for the info!


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I think you meant late 2012 mini? It can go up to 16 gigs of RAM. A 16G kit is around $62, 8G around $40.

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It is a late 2012. Man, time flies! blush


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My plan is to pull the trigger on El Capitan next Saturday.

Any recommendations on clean install vs. installing over the current O.S.?

Thanks!


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