Questions & Answers for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
1837 Questions from the Community
What the difference between Snow leopard and Mountain Lion?
What's the different features between the two? Are there any apps I cant download or anything i cant do with snow leopard that i can do with mountain lion
- Asked by Efrain V from Federal Way
- 11 9, 15
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Depends on what you use your Mac for.
Look through your software and see if your software is compatible with Mountain Lion, or if software has relatively inexpensive upgrades to make it compatible. Check your printer and scanner software to see if drivers are available for Mountain Lion.
When I upgrade to a new OS, I do so on a blank, separate hard drive partition. During the installation of the upgrade, the installer will search your Mac for partitions with older OS. If it finds it will ask if you want to import OS settings, applications and/or data from a partition with older OS. The advantage of installing on another partition is that you can then have a multi-boot Mac, and can start in Snow Leopard instead of Mountain Lion by pressing the OPTION key during start-up to switch OS partitions in order to work with any software or drivers that are not compatible with Mountain Lion.
I have an expensive scanner with software that is very costly to upgrade in order to be compatible with Mountain Lion. So I keep Snow Leopard on a partition of my hard drive for purpose of doing scans.
Microsoft Office 2004 will work in Snow Leopard but not in Mountain Lion. You need to upgrade to Office 2011.
The latest versions of any software may not be fully compatible or may not work at all with Snow Leopard.
Snow Leopard provided "rosetta" support in order to run software written for old non-Intel Macs. Rosetta support is no longer provided with Mountain Lion.
Latest version of iTunes requires at least Mountain Lion (OS10.8.5). Do you need to sync with an iPhone? If so, which version of iTunes do you need to work with the iOS in the iPhone? Latest version of iTunes (12.3.1) will not work with Garageband 6.0.5 (from 2012). One needs to run iTunes 12.1.2 or earlier, or upgrade to more recent version of Garageband.
And so it goes . . .
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouver
- 11 10, 15
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The last version of the retail disc is 10.6.3?
- Asked by Ibai Xabier I from Las Matas
- 04 23, 10
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Yes. This disk is 10.6.3. I received it today. There was label on box stating 10.6.3, so i immediately upgraded my 10.5.8 Leopard and here it is, 10.6.3 out of box.
- Answered by Kamil J from Bensenville
- 04 30, 10
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macbook white upgrade
Hi, I would like to upgrade my macbook white from 10.5 to 10.7, however the support models are:
iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminium, or Early 2009 or newer)
MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
Xserve (Early 2009)
MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
Which one is macbook white belongs to???
anyone tried upgrade before??
My processor is 2GHz, memory 2GB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM.. Can upgrade to 10.7?
- Asked by Yongjian N
- 07 26, 13
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hi. i have an old mac computer. currently running on 10.5.8 Can i upgrade or not? If so, how and what do I have to do?? Thanks.
Model Name: iMac G5
Model Identifier: PowerMac8,2
Processor Name: PowerPC G5 (3.1)
Processor Speed: 2 GHz
Number Of CPUs: 1
L2 Cache (per CPU): 512 KB
Memory: 2 GB
Bus Speed: 667 MHz
Boot ROM Version: 5.2.5f1
Serial Number (system): W85345U3SDZ
Hardware UUID: 00000000-0000-1000-8000-001124DE981C
- Asked by Tengku H from Fitzroy
- 06 21, 15
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What do I need to do to upgrade from 10.4.11 (Tiger) to Lion?
I know I need Snow Leopard, but can I update to Snow Leopard from Tiger now that the box set is no longer available?
- Asked by Carrie M from Brookfield
- 08 10, 11
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im running OS X version 10.5.8. can i upgrade directly to OSX Lion? Or do i have to buy / download 10.6 Snow Leopard, then buy OSX Lion? Cheers.Best Answer:
I am in the same situation. I was just at my local Apple store today, and several employees confirmed that I need to upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard by purchasing the Snow Leopard software through apple.com ($29.99). After upgrading to Snow Leopard, I will then be able to download OSX Lion ($29.99). This info seems to be consistent with what I am seeing as I browse apple.com. I want to do the upgrades so that I will be able to take advantage of features on my 4th generation iTouch, such as iCloud. Currently, I can't use iCloud with my macbook. $60 in upgrades doesn't seem too bad considering all of the money I already have invested in my macbook and iTouch.
- Answered by Jennifer K from Victor
- 12 15, 11
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I have an iMac desk top version OS X10.6.8 I want to upgrade to the latest version there is. Do I need mountain lion or snow leopard.Best Answer:
You already have Snow Leopard. The last version of Snow Leopard is OS 10.6.8.
Lion (OS 10.7) is no longer available from the App Store.
Mountain Lion (OS 10.8 -- current version is OS 10.8.4) can be installed on Macs newer than 2007-2009 (the exact date depends on the model of Mac, when certain hardware was included inside each model). Make sure you meet all System Requirements before purchasing and attempting to install.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 09 29, 13
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how do i find if my macbook pro can be upgraded to 10.6?
How do I know if my macbook pro has an Intel processor and the amount of ram? Where do I look?
- Asked by Wilfred B from Chicago
- 09 5, 11
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DO I GET A CODE WHEN I PURCHASE 10.6 SNOW LEOPARD FROM APPLE STORE
NEED TO INSTALL MAC OS ON A BLANK MAC LAPTOP
- Asked by Simon S
- 09 21, 14
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what windows operating system can i install on macbook pro
- Asked by Dave S from Airdrie
- 11 19, 13
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how do I get iDVD for my MacBook Pro?
I want to burn dvd's of films created in iMovie
- Asked by Anthony D
- 05 3, 13
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I am running 10.6.8. I am trying to upgrade to Lion, but all I get is "waiting" - no download. What's wrong?
Unable to download Lion
- Asked by Hazel B from Washoe Valley
- 03 6, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (I am running 10.6.8. I am trying to upgrade to Lion, but all I get is "waiting" - no download. What's wrong?)
Not sure what is going on.
Does your Mac meet the minimum system requirements for Lion?
Are you sure you are downloading Lion and not Mountain Lion?
NB: To my knowledge, Lion is now only available by calling Apple support. The current OS X release available for download from the App Store is Mountain Lion. Mountain Lion will not work on most Macs made prior to mid-2008.
In the USA, to get Lion call Apple Sales Support at 1-800-692-7753. For the automated call routing system say "Sales" at the first prompt (for department desired), "Lion" at the second prompt (for what you are calling about) and "Personal" at the third prompt (personal, business or education). That should connect you to the right person.
For those outside the USA, get Apple Support Contact Information for your country at:
supportDOTappleDOTcom/kb/HE57 (replace each occurrence of "DOT" with ".")
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 03 7, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I am running 10.6.8. I am trying to upgrade to Lion, but all I get is "waiting" - no download. What's wrong?)
is there a digital version of snow leopard to download?
- Asked by Peter D from Waterford
- 12 4, 15
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You shouldn't lose any information.
But, to make absolutely sure, and protect your data in case of power failure during installation, try the following:
1) With Disk Utility, create a new partition and format as "Mac OS Extended "Journaled".
2) Then use Disk Utility to RESTORE your current OS 10.6.8 partition to the new partition (this will make a clone of Snow Leopard and all your data). Test that you can actually start up from the new partition.
3) Now start up from the partition you wish to upgrade to Mountain Lion and do so.
After, Mountain Lion is installed, you should be able to start up from either partition: Mountain Lion or Snow Leopard.
Alternatively, you could back up all your data to an external drive or a partition before installing Mountain Lion, but I prefer to make a clone and have both OS systems available... Some of my printers and scanners do not have drivers for Mountain Lion, so when I need to use them, I start up from Snow Leopard.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 04 12, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (ready to upgrade from OS X 10.6.8 to Mountain Lion, will I lose information stored on my system in this transition?)
How can I update my IMac OSX 10.4.11?
- Asked by Sammie Q from Webster
- 06 26, 12
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If your iMac has an Intel processor and at least 1GB of memory, you can do the following (I upgraded to Snow Leopard from OS10.4.11 on an iMac):
Some have upgraded to Snow Leopard directly over OS10.4.11, however, I do not like to do this, instead creating a dual-boot system where I can start-up in either OS10.4 or OS10.6. For dual-boot, do the following:
1) Do a clean install of Snow Leopard to a new partition. If necessary, clone your 10.4 partition to a temporary, bootable external hard drive.
2) All Snow Leopard disks can do a "Clean Install". But with the $29 disk you need to follow some extra steps, since "Erase and Install" is not part of the automatic installation... but the tools to do so are provided on the DVD.
Basically, when you put the Snow Leopard DVD into your Mac, you will be presented with two options: 1) to "Continue" with a standard upgrade, or, 2) go to "Utilities". Select the "Utilities" button (there will be a reboot in order to run from the DVD). In the new screen that appears, under the "Utilities" menu, select Disk Utilities to format your hard drive (or partition) that Snow Leopard is going on to. When you have finished formatting, QUIT from Disk Utilities, and the installer will then complete the installation of Snow Leopard. (Note: be prepared to wait several minutes when the system reboots during installation as it copies and sets up all the files.)
3) At some point during the installation, the installer will search all other partitions for an older OS, and if found, the installer will ask if you want to import the OS Settings, Files and/or Applications from that partition. Do this for a very smooth transition.
4) All my apps from OS 10.4 continued to work in Snow Leopard, but some of my printer drivers and scanner utility needed upgrades. Until I could find the upgrades, I was still able to Start Up from my OS 10.4 partition (press Option during start up) in order to use my printers and scanner in the meantime.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 06 30, 12
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What should i do, if i don't have any mac os?
I'm Using Old Windows, I want to change to Mac OS, What should i buy?
ps: I Dont Have Any Mac OS.
- Asked by Angga D
- 03 10, 10
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Do I need to re-install Adobe CS3 after upgrading to snow leopard?
- Asked by Thomas E B from Corona
- 10 14, 09
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No, you shouldn't need to reinstall CS3. However, you'll definitely want to make sure you have all of the updates for that and your other apps.
- Answered by Kevin H from Fort Madison
- 10 17, 09
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