Questions & Answers for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
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I have a Power Mac G5 Dual core running 10.4.11, what OS can I go up to and is it stable on these Macs?
Machine Name: Power Mac G5
Machine Model: PowerMac7,3
CPU Type: PowerPC G5 (2.2)
Number Of CPUs: 2
CPU Speed: 2 GHz
L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
Memory: 4 GB
Bus Speed: 1 GHz
- Asked by Stephen C from Battlefield
- 05 9, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (I have a Power Mac G5 Dual core running 10.4.11, what OS can I go up to and is it stable on these Macs?)
The last version of the Mac OS to support the PowerPC processor is OS 10.5 (Leopard). Beginning with OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) you had to have a Mac with an Intel processor.
In my opinion, OS 10.4.11 is a very stable release.
If you do decide to upgrade to OS 10.5, it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to find it for sale.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 05 10, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have a Power Mac G5 Dual core running 10.4.11, what OS can I go up to and is it stable on these Macs?)
I am running 10.5.8 and want to upgrade to Mountain Lion. Do I need to purchase snow leopard, Lion & then Mountain Lion?
- Asked by Darlene F from Hazlet
- 01 2, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (I am running 10.5.8 and want to upgrade to Mountain Lion. Do I need to purchase snow leopard, Lion & then Mountain Lion?)
No, you just need to update to Snow Leopard (10.6), and then update to 10.6.8 through software updates. From there you will gain the Mac App Store which you will be able to buy Mountain Lion. There are some prerequisites for ML, which you may find at Apple's main site, go to "Mac" tab, choose Mountain Lion, and Tech Specs next to the "Upgrade Now" button. Your computer must be one of the supported models, as well as having 2 GB of RAM.
- Answered by Joshua F from Bowling Green
- 01 5, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I am running 10.5.8 and want to upgrade to Mountain Lion. Do I need to purchase snow leopard, Lion & then Mountain Lion?)
SYSTEM REQUREMENTS FOR MAC OS X 10.8
- Asked by Lydia S from West County
- 04 27, 16
- Flag as inappropriate (SYSTEM REQUREMENTS FOR MAC OS X 10.8)
System requirements listed at supportDOTappleDOTcom/en-ca/HT202575 (replace each "DOT" with ".")
Basically, Macs not older than 2007 - 2009 depending on the model. 2 GB of memory. 8 GB of available space on drive.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouver
- 04 27, 16
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (SYSTEM REQUREMENTS FOR MAC OS X 10.8)
My MacBook Pro is Mac OSX Version 10.4.11. Will upgrading to Snow Leopard affect any of my files or software that is saved on my computer?
- Asked by Tugba O from Sunnyvale
- 01 29, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (My MacBook Pro is Mac OSX Version 10.4.11. Will upgrading to Snow Leopard affect any of my files or software that is saved on my computer?)
Upgrading does not affect any files saved on a computer; however, it may cause incompatibility issues with 3rd party software you have installed. Also, Snow Leopard requires an Intel-based Mac, so first read all the requirements before purchasing an upgrade.
- Answered by Anca S from Los Angeles
- 01 30, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (My MacBook Pro is Mac OSX Version 10.4.11. Will upgrading to Snow Leopard affect any of my files or software that is saved on my computer?)
how can i upgrade my mac OS X 10.5.8?
would like to upgrade my system from OS X 10.5.8, to be more compatible with new printers, etc.. how do i go about doing this?
- Asked by Vicki E from Ligonier
- 11 25, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (how can i upgrade my mac OS X 10.5.8?)
Vickie E. - this depends - if your Mac has an Intel processor then you can purchase the OSX 10.6 and install that - this should cover your situation for newer printers.
Now another way to look at this is to check with the printer in question and see if they have driver software for Mac OSX . This may require you to visit the printer support website and see if they have an installer package for Macintosh and what versions of OSX they support.
It would be a shame to purchase OSX Snow Leopard and find out that the printer you want to use is not supported for OSX no matter what version of OSX you have. Believe it or not : not all printers work w Mac OSX.
- Answered by John A from Santa Clara
- 12 6, 12
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How to download app store and do i need snow leopard?
I asked a worker in the apple store today what is the best way to create a website and he said i would be able to download the app store and then use rapidweaver but do i have to buy snow leopard first? and he said no price would be included apart from the £30 for rapidweaver. i have a Macbook?
- Asked by Katie M
- 01 28, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (How to download app store and do i need snow leopard?)
You will need Snow Leopard and it will need to be upgraded to the current version that contains the AppStore (i.e. the first version of Snow Leopard, 10.6.1 won't do -- you will need to update to 10.6.6 or later. So after you install Snow Leopard, be sure to upgrade it. Then purchases Lion from the AppStore and install from the downloaded file.
Note, though that many older programs that did run on Snow Leopard under Rosetta are no longer supported under Lion, so if you have an older machine and older programs (many games and older specialized programs have not been upgraded), then it may not be wise to upgrade to Lion (or if you do, install it on an additional partition, if this is possible, rather than wiping out Snow Leopard). Many people, myself included, greatly dislike the changes to the OS that have come into Lion from IOS system designed for the iPhone/iPad/iPod, so look before you leap.
- Answered by Peter C from Newton
- 06 2, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (How to download app store and do i need snow leopard?)
Mavericks and Yosemite no longer available (unless one has already downloaded through an Apple ID account).
But you can upgrade directly to El Capitan (OS10.11).
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouver
- 11 3, 15
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have a macbook pro built mid-2010 running os x 10.8.5 can I upgrade to Yosemite?)
Will snow leopard work on my g4 cube
I have a g4 cube that is currently running Mac osx Tiger (10.4) and I would like to upgrade my operating system so that I can sync with my iPad. Will snow leopard work on my g4 cube?
- Asked by James S from Osceola
- 09 9, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (Will snow leopard work on my g4 cube)
NO, you can not install Snow Leopard on a G4 cube. The G4 Processor is a Motorola product.
To install Snow Leopard (Mac Os X - 10.6) you need an intel processor.
You can however install Leopard (Mac Os X - 10.5) on your G4 cube, although it will run a lil slower than tiger.
- Answered by Matthew K from Baulkham Hills
- 09 20, 10
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I have a MacBook Pro 4,1 Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz 2 Mb 800Mhz with Max OS X Version 10.5.8. Can I update the software to Mac OS X Snow Leopard V 10.6?
And also extend the 2Gb? The serial number of my MacBook Pro is W8808EMSYJX (Safari 5.0.6)Answer
The MacBookPro4,1 (with at least 1GB of memory) can be upgraded to MacOS 10.6 (Snow Leopard). Once installed, it can be software updated to OS 10.6.8.
Once OS 10.6.8 is installed, and there is at least 2GB of memory, the MacBook Pro can be further upgraded to OS 10.11 (El Capitan). To do so, use the App Store app that comes with OS 10.6.8 to download and install El Capitan.
Since your MacBook Pro has a 2.4GHz processor, it was released early 2008. Officially the maximum memory it can use is 2GB, but some sources state that up to 6GB may be used. (If your MacBook Pro had a 2.5GHz processor, it was released late 2008. That model had an official maximum memory of 4GB, but some sources state that up to 6GB may be used.)
Note: the versions of Safari that came with OS 10.5 through OS 10.8 may not work with some websites as those versions of Safari do not have the latest security protocols. Safari 9 is current, and is compatible with OS 10.9 through OS 10.11. If using an older version of Safari, and having difficulty accessing some secure sites, consider upgrading the OS to OS 10.11, or use a version of a third-party browser that has current security protocols and is compatible with OS 10.6 and later. One example of a third-party browser that meets those requirements: Firefox 45.
Can leopard run on a Power Mac G4
- Asked by Michael H from Danville
- 12 18, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (Can leopard run on a Power Mac G4)
This appears to be incorrect...you can't run Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) with a PowerPC machine (i.e., G5, G4, etc.) but Leopard (OS X 10.5) appears to work on PowerPC machines:
Unfortunately, I can't add the link to the actual Apple Support article, so go to Apple Support and search for HT3759 which has the requirements for OS X 10.5 (Leopard).
- Answered by Iver W from Chicago
- 12 20, 09
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can leopard run on a Power Mac G4)
Can i install Snow Leopard on clear hard disk?
I have MacBook (MB061) with Intel.
- Asked by Andrey Z
- 11 19, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (Can i install Snow Leopard on clear hard disk?)
if it has an intel processor, yes.
- Answered by Joseph H from Worcester
- 07 31, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can i install Snow Leopard on clear hard disk?)
Which OS will be installed in default if I get a new 13inch (WITHOUT RETINA DISPLAY) macbook pro now?
Hi guys as the above questions stated, which OS will be installed if I get a new 13inch macbook pro (WITHOUT RETINA DISPLAY)?
Is it possible for me to choose Yosemite instead if it's the latest El Capitan? As there are some problems with El Capitan with a software I intend to use.
Thanks in advance! :)
Is iWork 09 compatible with os x 10.6?
I bought iWork 09 for my G5 PowerPc recently. I have just bought an iMac 27" and when I try to open any iWork application on it I get an error message referring me to the developer. Are the two compatible and can I get an update for iWork 09?
- Asked by Tim C
- 02 1, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Is iWork 09 compatible with os x 10.6?)
YES. Answer continued from previous post.
The archiving was unnecessary as;
a) iWork '09 is compatible with 10.6.8 CONFIRMED
b) all the parts you are deleting are System related and not user related, so will be reinstalled.
Therefore, delete iWork from /Applications and from /Library/Application Support and reinstall from DVD or DMG.
The versions installed will be Keynote 5.0, Numbers 2.0 and Pages 4.0. These will still not work, but Software Update should now offer you three updates as follows;
iWork Update 4 9.0.4
iWork Update 5 9.0.5
iWork Update 6 9.1
Applying all of these (no restart needed), will take the app versions to Keynote 5.1 (1018), Numbers 2.1 (436) and Pages 4.1 (923).
These will now work with 10.6.8. Most likely any version of 10.6, but I am being precise as that version is my only experience. To be exact my Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro also had the OSX Updates 10.6.8 v 1.1, and the 10.6.8 Supplemental Update applied, however I think these are mainly for correcting issues when Migrating or Upgrading to Lion OS X 10.7, so I doubt they are necessary to allow iWork '09 to work.
Good Luck and Enjoy. I wish this was already answered to save me the time!
- Answered by M J P
- 09 21, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Is iWork 09 compatible with os x 10.6?)
I have a mac book 10.5.8 can i still upgrade to snow leopard
read the title
- Asked by Tom D from Pacific Palisades
- 02 16, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (I have a mac book 10.5.8 can i still upgrade to snow leopard)
yes, just buy the disc, install it, done. It should take around 40-50mins.
- Answered by Katherine M
- 02 17, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have a mac book 10.5.8 can i still upgrade to snow leopard)
I have 10.6.8. What do I need to upgrade to?
- Asked by Jan K from Corpus Christi
- 09 22, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (I have 10.6.8. What do I need to upgrade to?)
Depends on how old your Mac is.
Macs older than 2007-2009 (date depends on the model) can not run the current Mountain Lion OS (OS 10.8).
Lion (OS 10.7) is no longer available through the App Store, but may be available as a Legacy Product.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 09 28, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have 10.6.8. What do I need to upgrade to?)
can i buy mac os x 10.6 for my mac os x version 10.5.8?
- Asked by Chelsey S from Waianae
- 06 10, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (can i buy mac os x 10.6 for my mac os x version 10.5.8?)
Yes, as long as you have an Intel Mac (all Macs newer than 2007).
- Answered by Matthew M from Pleasanton
- 06 11, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (can i buy mac os x 10.6 for my mac os x version 10.5.8?)
OS X Snow Leopard Upgrade for multiple computers.
I have an iMac and a Macbook that need upgrading to Snow Leopard. Do I need to purchase 2 Snow Leopard DVD packages? Is there a family pack available? There is no description of the license requirements for Snow Leopard on the Apple Store page. (In fact, it's difficult to find Snow Leopard in the store at all!)
- Asked by Katherine K from The Woodlands
- 02 11, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (OS X Snow Leopard Upgrade for multiple computers.)
You "should" have a separate license for each Mac, but can use the same Snow Leopard DVD for all installations.
Before Lion and Mountain Lion were released, there was a Family Pack (which provided licenses for up to 5 macs in a household) and there was the "normal package" which provided a single license. Both packages contained the identical single installation disc, but provided a different number of licenses. Family Pack was $49, and the single license package was $29.
After Lion and Mountain Lion were released, the Family Pack was no longer available. BUT, the single license disc dropped in price to $20. (Which, in your case, makes buying two single license packages less costly than the Family Pack.)
When you are at the Apple Store website, simply type "Snow Leopard" in the search field at the top right (next to the "Support" tab).
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 02 12, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (OS X Snow Leopard Upgrade for multiple computers.)
That means you have Leopard, and need to upgrade to Snow Leopard, which you can only buy online on apple.com. As a precaution, make sure you've backed up your files before doing so. After you've done that, upgrade to Lion, which is the only OS as of right now that has the iCloud feature. Later, mountain Lion will too, but that's months from now. Once you have Snow Leopard, you will have the app store. Through there, you can download Lion to your computer.
- Answered by Jessica H from Yonkers
- 04 25, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have a mac os x 10.5.8 what do I need to do to get icloud?)