I am running 10.4.11. Will Snow Leopard install on my system? Processor is Intel core2 duo

  • Asked about:  Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

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    Yes, if you also have at least 1GB of memory.

    I upgraded my Intel Core 2 Duo with OS 10.4.11 to Snow Leopard. While I could have upgraded directly over OS 10.4.11, I used a different method to upgrade in order to preserve my OS 10.4.11 files and settings in case something happens during install (like the power going out).

    First, I created a new partition and formatted the partition with Snow Leopard's Disk Utility (found under the Utilities menu when one starts up from the Snow Leopard Installer DVD). Formatting needs to be "Mac OS Extended (Journalled)" or "GUID".

    Second, install Snow Leopard to new partition. During install, the installer will search your mac for partitions with a previous OS, and ask if you want to import OS settings, apps and files. Do this to get everything moved and set up from your old OS. Or, don't do this and end up with a clean install of Snow Leopard.

    Third, restart in Snow Leopard and do Software Update to OS 10.6.8.

    End result: you have a dual boot Mac that can start up in either OS 10.4.11 or OS 10.6.8. Simply hold option key when starting up to choose. This comes in handy if you have printer or scanner drivers that need to be updated for Snow Leopard. Until updates are done, you can boot from OS 10.4.11 to use printer or scanner.