Questions & Answers for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
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I'm running OS X 10.5. The optical drive no longer works on my Mac mini and I can't get the new external drive to work. How can I install OS X 10.6?
I have the Snow Leopard disk, I just can't figure out how to get it on my computer. And, of course, with the new iPhone and iPad updates we can't share anything from our iTunes accounts without updating the mac mini.
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- Answered by Robert T from Chatham
- 04 12, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Would Snow Leopard help CS4 support files created in CS5, CS6 InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop?)
do i need ram upgrade for snow leopard
Mac OS X 10.5.8 - 2009 (I think)
I have a 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
1GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
My question is do I need to also upgrade my RAM as the Snow Leopard operating requirements state that I have to have 5GB Free Hard Drive space, but when I go into my hard drive it says I've only got 50GB out of 232GB available?
Will Snow Leopard work without the RAM upgrade?
- Asked by Sara V
- 02 25, 14
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Your Mac meets the requirements of Snow Leopard.
at least 1GB of RAM (that's the DDR2 SDRAM).
at least 5GB of hard drive space.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 03 4, 14
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I want to upgrade Leopard to Snow Leopard. I don't have anything extra on my Macbook Pro, only what came with it. Do I need to do a clean install?
Clean install necessary?
- Asked by Christina S from Bondi Beach
- 11 29, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (I want to upgrade Leopard to Snow Leopard. I don't have anything extra on my Macbook Pro, only what came with it. Do I need to do a clean install?)
No clean install is required,- Just purchase and install Snow Leopard.
This can then be used as a launching pad for lion and above if you wish.
Snow Leopard IS required before you can upgrade to lion as well if desired.
(make sure your MacBook meets the hardware criteria as described in the Snow Leopard requirements.)
What is the next best op. system to upgrade to on my MacBook (2008 with an intel core 2 DUO, system 10.5.8) without breaking the bank? Is it easy?Answer
No matter which OS you wish to finally upgrade to, you will need to first upgrade to Snow Leopard (OS 10.6).
Snow Leopard is available on disk for $19.99 from:
in Canada: storeDOTappleDOTcom/ca/product/MC573Z/A/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard
in USA: storeDOTappleDOTcom/us/product/MC573Z/A/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard
(replace each "DOT" with ".")
Once you have installed Snow Leopard, go to Apple Menu and do Software Updates to bring up to OS 10.6.8. OS 10.6.8 provides the "App Store" application to download the latest OS (currently the free Mavericks OS 10.9). The App Store also has Lion or Mountain Lion available once you have obtained/purchased a code from the online Apple Store (note: "Apple Store" is not same as "App Store"). However, for the 2008 MacBook (ID MacBook4,1 or MacBook4,2 in "About This Mac"), the furthest one can upgrade is Lion (OS 10.7).
The Lion download costs another $19.99. You can purchase redemption download code to use in the "App Store" application from:
in Canada: storeDOTappleDOTcom/ca/product/D6106Z/A/os-x-lion
in USA: storeDOTappleDOTcom/us/product/D6106Z/A/os-x-lion
When upgrading an OS, it is relatively easy. Patience is more important as it can take some time for the "upgrade" to complete. Note that some applications and drivers may not work in the newer OS. Personally, I install new Operating Systems on a separate partition, so I can start up from partition with older OS if I discover something didn't work in newer OS. Simply hold OPTION key during startup to choose the partition with the older OS.
I have OSX 10.4.11 and iWeb 1.1.2...if I upgrade to Snow Leopard, will I have to redesign my website completely when using the newer iWeb?
- Asked by Len B from College Point
- 02 25, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (I have OSX 10.4.11 and iWeb 1.1.2...if I upgrade to Snow Leopard, will I have to redesign my website completely when using the newer iWeb?)
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i have a Mac mini 2009 2GHz intel core 2 duo mac, trying to upgrade to maverick however i am still on Mac Ox 10.5.8 what course should i take to upgrAnswer
In order to have access to the App Store from where you can download and install Mavericks, you will need OS 10.6.8 or later installed. (Do not confuse "App Store" with the "Apple Store".)
Step 1 is to install Snow Leopard and do "Software Update" to 10.6.8. (Snow Leopard is available from the "Apple Store".)
Step 2 is to open the App Store app and download and install Mavericks.
Mavericks requires at least 2GB of memory, and 8GB of hard disk space. The early 2009 Mac Mini is the earliest Mac Mini model that will support Mavericks.
can upgrade from g5 to snow leopard
- Asked by Eleanore E from Chicago
- 02 19, 13
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You can not upgrade a G5 to Snow Leopard. G5 maxes out at 10.5.8.
- Answered by Joshua F from Bowling Green
- 02 23, 13
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I want to upgrade macbook with version 10.58 to 10.6
I want to play something on quicktime. Is this a good option?
- Asked by Mary S from Seattle
- 11 21, 13
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Is there ANY way of transferring or converting Appleworks 6.0 to Snow Leopard and having it work?
Is it possible to convert Appleworks 6 to iWorks 9 and then convert iWorks 9 to Snow Leopard?
- Asked by Darrel L from Edmonton
- 10 28, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (Is there ANY way of transferring or converting Appleworks 6.0 to Snow Leopard and having it work?)
You don't need to convert it. It works even faster than before. You need rosetta, which was installed with the regular installation of Snow Leopard.
I did and I ì'm really happy it works!
- Answered by Antonella G from Gaiola
- 10 31, 09
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If I have 10.4.11 (Tiger) with an Intel based processor, can I buy the 30 dollar Snow Leopard or do I have to buy the Mac Box Set?
- Asked by Hannah K from Riverhead
- 02 23, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (If I have 10.4.11 (Tiger) with an Intel based processor, can I buy the 30 dollar Snow Leopard or do I have to buy the Mac Box Set?)
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I have lots of apps including Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Express and lots of user settings. Can I upgrade from Leopard or should I clean install?
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I want to upgrade Iphoto on Imac Tiger 10.4.11 - if I purchase Snow Leopard upgrade, will this also upgrade Iphoto application?
Imac is 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1 Go 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM.Best Answer:
The bad news is that upgrading to Snow Leopard will not automatically upgrade iPhoto.
The good news is that after upgrading to Snow Leopard, you will be able to upgrade iPhoto for less than fifteen dollars using the Mac App Store.
- Answered by Robert T from Chatham
- 11 14, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I want to upgrade Iphoto on Imac Tiger 10.4.11 - if I purchase Snow Leopard upgrade, will this also upgrade Iphoto application?)
I'm worried about upgrading because I use CS4 for my business. Others have reported issues. What's the overall verdict?
Snow Leopard and Adobe CS4
- Asked by Jocelyn P from Portsmouth
- 10 8, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (I'm worried about upgrading because I use CS4 for my business. Others have reported issues. What's the overall verdict?)
I have been successfully running CS4 under Snow Leopard since the OS upgrade was released. It works fine, without exception, but YMMV.
- Answered by Kevin H from Fort Madison
- 10 17, 09
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what does 'in the same household' mean?
- Asked by Tim D from San Francisco
- 10 17, 09
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I have macbook 2006 running OSX 10.4.11, intel core 2 duo, 512MB RAM (I will upgrade), GMA 950 graphics. Is the GPU powerful enough for snow leopard?
I notice that the product description of Snow Leopard doesn't mention anything about GMA 950 built in graphics and am wondering if this chip will be powerful enough to run Snow Leopard on my 2006 MacBook. Thanks in advanced :)
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What is the earliest operating System that has iMovie?
I have a iBook G4 and I created an iMovie on this machine years ago.
I recently bought a newer laptop and now I can not open this iMovie.
I reinstalled the System software, which is, Mac OS X (10.5.8) but there is no iMovie in my Application folder to open the old movie and re-save under a different style. How do I get iMovie back on my iBook G4?
- Asked by Patrick P from San Clemente
- 06 3, 15
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I have a POWERBOOK G4 running 10.3.9, can I purchase snow leopard as my 10.3.9 doesn't seem compatiable with alot of things like quicktime and flash?
I have an older powerbook that I need to start 're-using' but it seems it is now quite outdated - what is my best OS X purchase to start using this computer again - can i get snow Leopard?Answer
No, Snow Leopard only works with Macs that have Intel processors.
You can continue using 10.3.9 and update or upgrade the add-on software (like QuickTime and Flash) to more recent versions, although for some software the newest versions may require a newer version of the OS. You may find a middle ground where you don't have the latest, but what you can get under 10.3.9 is good enough.
Or, you can upgrade you PBG4 to Leopard (not Snow Leopard) 10.5 and then get the newest versions of add-on software. Apple no longer sells 10.5 so you'll need to find it from a different reseller (maybe get the box set with iLife '09).
One more thing - the more RAM you put in your system, the faster it will perform. Spring for the maximum upgrade (see www.crucial.com)
- Answered by Douglas G from Baltimore
- 10 20, 09
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have a POWERBOOK G4 running 10.3.9, can I purchase snow leopard as my 10.3.9 doesn't seem compatiable with alot of things like quicktime and flash?)