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Snow Leopard or Lion For 2007 Era Core2 Duo Macs?

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Anyone have an opinion on this? I have to reinstall an OS to my Core2 Duo 2007 Mac Mini due to replacing the old hard drive... Previously I was using Leopard. I have Snow Leopard and Lion available, and am umming and arring as to which to install... The machine gets most use as a server (music, downloads) rather than a desktop and I'm thinking of moving it the TV and hooking it up there (so, as long as picture output is OK, would play video files too).

Same question for a a Core2 Duo 2007 Macbook. Currently running Leopard too. This is my main machine - browsing, VMs (I think I upgraded to VMWare Fusion 4.0 that would not run on my version of macos!), spreadsheets, emulators (e.g. GNS3), CBT stuff etc. Machine gets used a lot less now after the arrival of an iPad, but I imagine I'll be using it more in the next few months.

Any recommendations for either? Not much in the mac forums... Thanks.

p.s. neither of my machines can be upgraded to Mountain Lion.
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Re: Snow Leopard or Lion For 2007 Era Core2 Duo Macs?

If your still relying on software which is using the old Power PC code then you've no other option than to use Leopard (10.5) or Snow Leopard (10.6). Rosetta, which is the Power PC emulation software, was dropped with the introduction of Lion.

If you decide to go with Lion then you can check whether your existing software will work at http://roaringapps.com/apps:table
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Re: Snow Leopard or Lion For 2007 Era Core2 Duo Macs?

I think you are stuck with Snow Leopard - I have an old Mac Mini too, and that's all i'm "allowed".

Edit: If you're thinking of using it (mac mini) for video playback via the TV, remember it won't play HD that well.
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Re: Snow Leopard or Lion For 2007 Era Core2 Duo Macs?

I'd not go past 10.6.8 for that Mac. It will run a treat on Snow Leopard.
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Re: Snow Leopard or Lion For 2007 Era Core2 Duo Macs?

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I think you are stuck with Snow Leopard - I have an old Mac Mini too, and that's all i'm "allowed".

Edit: If you're thinking of using it (mac mini) for video playback via the TV, remember it won't play HD that well.
Nope, not in the OP's case. For Lion you need a Core 2 Duo processor which the OP has. Lion will not run on Core Solo or Core Duo processors as a 64 bit architecture is required.

Mountain Lion on the other hand requires that the computer has a 64 bit EFI as well as a 64 bit architecture for starters. Even if your machine meets these requirements you may find your graphic system (older intel GMA graphic subsystems especially) is not supported by Mountain Lion.
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Re: Snow Leopard or Lion For 2007 Era Core2 Duo Macs?

No PPC requirements for either machine.

Was interested in connecting the mini to my Samsung TV, but rapidly getting discouraged with hunting for a (reasonably priced) DVI to HDMI cable and trying to understand how I would get sound to the TV...

I (too) think it's the graphics sub system which prevents Mountain Lion being installed (have not and will not attempt an install).

Still no overriding factor - at this rate I'll toss a coin to decide!
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