I have an imac 2006 running snow leopard. The matte screen is great on the eyes so I found a few articles on upgrading the hard drive and processor to a core 2 duo (had the core duo) that might allow me to emulate 64bit and run the newer mac OS versions. (http://lowendmac.com/2016/cpu-upgrade-options-for-2006-imacs/)
I've completed the hardware upgrades (no software updates)and the iMac starts up but gets stuck on the grey screen with an apple and spinner. Using a MacBook pro on the same network I can see the imac under my shared devices, I can connect to it and view all my files and applications.
I tried all the following and couldn't boot:
-from the snow leopard install disk
-c held down
-apple hardware test (holding d)
I tried a nvram/pram reset, no change.
Anyone seen something like this before and have any ideas. I'd appreciate any suggestions on how to fix this issue.
Updating with specs: 2GB RAM installed Original CPU Intel Core Duo T2400 1.83 2MB 667 MHz GHz Socket M New CPU Intel Core 2 Duo T7600 2.33GHz 4MB 667 MHz Socket M