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Updating older Machine to Catalina, using DosDude1 Patcher
Posted by: Microman
Date: March 09, 2022 09:16AM
I am using Catalina on my Late 2012, and like it. It is the most advanced I can use on this daily driver.

Why do people go thru all of the jumps and hoops to use DosDude1 Patcher to get Catalina on an older machine. I know it would be fun to do, but I assume Catalina must have enough extras that make it worth while. And I suppose it must run fine or fast enough etc.

Also, not to start another thread, I may be in the market to upgrade some of these 2 or 3 computers Memory, that I got. All seem to have 2 gigs of memory, with 250 or 750 gig hd.

So up to Catalina, if it sounds good, and then put in a small SSD, and up the memory to 4 or 8? depending upon the price.

My problem is, that I always want to do it, with research, and low $ output. Any recommendations for ram, I suppose any DD3 is it? can all be used between 2008 and 2012?, And I will look thru my stack of CD's for a copy of Leopard, as the 13" Macbook is running Leopard, and apparently Leopard doesn't have a recovery partition. When did Apple start the Recovery Partition?

Off to Dentists, for 2 caps, and next step in putting in 2 implants....... S M I L E
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Re: Updating older Machine to Catalina, using DosDude1 Patcher
Posted by: kj
Date: March 09, 2022 12:17PM
I used the DosDude thing to update to Catalina on my 2011 macbook and you have to turn of SIP (System Integrity Protection), which actually made it impossible to connect to work with VMware, so it can cause problems. I had to roll back and turn SIP back on. I don't know what other things it could affect. But otherwise, I just think Catalina looks better. All the software I have runs on high Sierra though, so it doesn't matter to me otherwise.
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Re: Updating older Machine to Catalina, using DosDude1 Patcher
Posted by: Forrest
Date: March 09, 2022 01:53PM
Lots of games work fine on Mojave, but not on Catalina. I think Mojave is the sweet spot on an older machine
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Re: Updating older Machine to Catalina, using DosDude1 Patcher
Posted by: GGD
Date: March 09, 2022 02:17PM
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Forrest
Lots of games work fine on Mojave, but not on Catalina. I think Mojave is the sweet spot on an older machine

Mojave is the last OS to run 32 bit apps, not limited to just games as the reason to choose it.
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Re: Updating older Machine to Catalina, using DosDude1 Patcher
Posted by: Microman
Date: March 09, 2022 02:44PM
But, can you install Mojave on an old Mac, like DosDude1 did with Catalina?
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Re: Updating older Machine to Catalina, using DosDude1 Patcher
Posted by: btfc
Date: March 09, 2022 02:52PM
“ But, can you install Mojave on an old Mac, like DosDude1 did with Catalina? “


Yes.


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Re: Updating older Machine to Catalina, using DosDude1 Patcher
Posted by: GGD
Date: March 09, 2022 10:32PM
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Microman
But, can you install Mojave on an old Mac, like DosDude1 did with Catalina?

Yes, he has patchers for Sierra through Catalina.

[dosdude1.com]
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Re: Updating older Machine to Catalina, using DosDude1 Patcher
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: March 10, 2022 10:13AM
Yeppers, getting ready to take my 2011 MBP (which can run 10.6) to 10.14 from 10.13 via the patcher.
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Re: Updating older Machine to Catalina, using DosDude1 Patcher
Posted by: SKYLANE
Date: March 10, 2022 04:48PM
With DosDude1 patches, I have been running Catalina on the following two machines now for quite some time, with no issues except for one that I will mention below...

Model Name: Mac Mini Server 5,3 (Mid 2011)
2.0 GHz Intel Quad-Core i7, RAM: 16 GB
GPU (integrated): Intel HD Graphics 3000 (512MB)
SSD: 1 TB - macOS 10.15.7 (DosDude1)
SSD: 1 TB - Windows 10 Home (Boot Camp)

Model Name: MacBook Pro 8,2 (Late 2011, 15-inch Matte)
2.4 GHz Intel Quad-Core i7, RAM: 16 GB
GPU (integrated): Intel HD Graphics 3000 (512MB)
GPU (dedicated): disabled due to typical AMD GPU failure in this computer
SSD: 480 GB - macOS 10.15.6 (DosDude1)

One issue I had with the MacBook Pro on 10.15.7: The computer ran fine, but for the life of me could not get the WiFi to connect (ethernet worked though). Since I knew the WiFi worked on 10.15.6, I rolled back to it and have just left it there. [I have not tested whether the the WiFi works on the 2011 Mac Mini Server 10.15.7 since that is always on ethernet. If someone wants me to test WiFi on the 2011 Mac Mini Server WiFi while it is on 10.15.7, let me know.]


I may have more info about it in previous posts here...



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 03/10/2022 11:18PM by SKYLANE.
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