Questions & Answers for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
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I have 10.6.2 can I upgrade straight to mavericks
- Asked by C G from Avalon
- 11 28, 13
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10.6 is Snow Leopard. Leopard was 10.5.
- Answered by Jason K from Orem
- 12 3, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I just bought a MAC OS X VERSION 10.6.2. do I have Leopard or snow leopard)
No... you can move directly to Snow Leopard (as long as you have an Intel-based Mac). And you only need the $29 Snow Leopard DVD.
Here are the steps I used to move direct from OS 10.4.11 to Snow Leopard.
1) First, keep (or clone to an external bootable drive) your old bootable partition with the old OS on it.
2) Start doing a clean install of Snow Leopard to a fresh partition. In order to do a clean install with the $29 DVD, you will have two options when you start up from the DVD... "Utilities" or "Continue". Select "Utilities" and when the Mac restarts, select "Disk Utilities" from the "Utilities" menu. Do a format of your "fresh" partition and then QUIT "Disk Utilities".
3) Now Snow Leopard will begin installing. During the install, it will search your Mac for all other partitions with an older OS and then ask you if you want to import your OS Settings, Applications and Files from one of those other partitions. Do this for a very smooth upgrade transition to the new OS. (If you decide to not import, then you will end up with a clean install of Snow Leopard instead.)
4) All my Apps from OS 10.4.11 continue to work in Snow Leopard, but some of my printer drivers and scanner utility did not. Until I found those upgrades, I was still able to start up from the OS 10.4.11 partition to use my printers and scanner. To change the Start Up partition, either use the Start Up Disk in System Preferences... or press and hold "option" while your Mac starts up.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 11 10, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have a Mac OS X 10.4.11, and I want to upgrade to Snow Leopard. Do I nead to buy Leopard first ?)
Does this upgrade provide support for the Common Access Cards (CAC) used by the military. Currently having huge issues passing certificates.
The current OS the I use cannot pass certificates with the CAC card so I am not able to access any Military Websites that require CAC login. Have read and implemented everything that every blog has suggested with no avail. Hoping this upgrade provides this accessibility.
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Will upgrading to Snow Leopard fix the problem of "no sound" after installing Windows 7 Home Premium thorugh Boot Camp?
- Asked by Tina F from Elgin
- 04 21, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (Will upgrading to Snow Leopard fix the problem of "no sound" after installing Windows 7 Home Premium thorugh Boot Camp?)
Almost certainly. This is because Snow Leopard contains updated bootcamp drivers compatible with Windows 7.
I have version 10.5.8 can I upgrade it to OS X lion ?
Processor : 2.13 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Memory : 2 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
Boot ROM Version: MB52.0088.B06
SMC Version (system): 1.38f5
- Asked by Jawad A from Stillwater
- 08 16, 11
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is this compatible with protools 8.5.0
- Asked by John Z from Maple Grove
- 01 7, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (is this compatible with protools 8.5.0)
The Snow Leopard disk can be installed on more than one Mac, but you should own a Snow Leopard license for each Mac you install on.
The disk used to come in either a "Single User" package (one license), or as a Family Pack (one disk, but five licenses for up to 5 users in a household).
I believe the Family Pack is discontinued. But the price for the "Single User" package has now dropped to only $20.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 01 4, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have to install Snow Leopard first on my mac. Is this CD to use for one single person or maybe also another one?)
Can I use the snow leopard software discs supplied with my just purchased macbook pro to upgrade my intel imac?
I was advised in store that the discs supplied with the macbook would be good for one macbook and one imac owned by the same user. Is this so?Best Answer:
No, they will only work on the model they shipped with.
- Answered by Phillip S from North Las Vegas
- 10 17, 09
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can I use the snow leopard software discs supplied with my just purchased macbook pro to upgrade my intel imac?)
if you bought it from apple directly in june chances are it is snow leopard, if not:
apple menu -> about this mac
10.5 is leopard, 10.6 is snow leopard
- Answered by Joseph H from Worcester
- 07 31, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I just bought my mac book pro early June 2010, how can i tell if it already has snow leopard or not?)
My iMac came with OS X Leopard (sic) but its "About this mac" page says version 10.4.11 intel core 2. What's my best upgrading option?Answer
When did you purchase your iMac? There was a free upgrade option to Snow Leopard for a short period of time - Not sure whether this applies to your system or not.
Otherwise your best option would be to upgrade to Snow Leopard (£25).
Have a read around first though as there are some things that still need to be 'Sorted' although this is mainly to do with the 802.11n Airport Cards.
I have a macbook pro with Mac OS X 10.4.11 and want to upgrade to snow leopard, how do i do that and will it erase my stuff like itunes music?
- Asked by Jennifer T from El Segundo
- 04 17, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (I have a macbook pro with Mac OS X 10.4.11 and want to upgrade to snow leopard, how do i do that and will it erase my stuff like itunes music?)
If your MacBook Pro is Intel-based, here is what you can do.
1) Create a blank new partition for Snow Leopard. Perhaps borrow an external hard drive and clone all files from the internal partition with Tiger to the external HD, making sure you can start up Tiger from the external HD if needed. Then you can install Snow Leopard to the internal HD.
2) All Snow Leopard DVDs (including those advertised as upgrades) can do a Clean Install. Follow these instructions:
(replace each "DOT" with ".")
3) Sometime during the install, the installer will ask if you want to import your OS Settings, Applications and/or Files from the partition with Tiger on it. Do this.
4) Once you restart in Snow Leopard, do a software update to bring Snow Leopard up to the latest version.
5) After Step 3, all your applications and iTunes music, etc will be ready to use in Snow Leopard.
I followed these steps when moving from Tiger to Snow Leopard using the $29 install disk. Other than some printer drivers, a scanner utility and a minor issue with MS Word 2004... everything worked immediately. I had to find my own driver updates for some really oddball, obscure printers I have.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 04 18, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have a macbook pro with Mac OS X 10.4.11 and want to upgrade to snow leopard, how do i do that and will it erase my stuff like itunes music?)
If you're talking about iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD, etc., no. These programs are in the iLife Suite. If you have your original grey disks, the iLife suite is included on these disks. Or if you purchased iLife as a standalone, then obviously you can just reinstall from this. The only applications that come part of snow leopard are Safari, iChat, Photobooth, Mail, and other utilities.
- Answered by Cody T from Pearland
- 10 16, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (when i do a clean install snow leopard does it install applications that come with mac preinstalled with snow leopard)
I have only had my new MacBook Pro since 9/10 a gift, I am new to Mac should I upgrade before I start using fully
As I haven't even got to grips with what I have, would it be beneficial to upgrade to have the newest system, what are the benefits and will it differ greatly.
10.5.8 is ok
- Answered by Alfred S from West Sacramento
- 11 20, 09
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Do I need Snow Leopard OS to develop iPhone Apps using Xcode 3.*.* or is Leopard 10.5.8 still OK ?)
I have one Leopard and One Tiger Mac. Is it actually cheaper to get one Box set and one single user upgrade than getting the family pack?
- Asked by Scott P from San Francisco
- 03 9, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (I have one Leopard and One Tiger Mac. Is it actually cheaper to get one Box set and one single user upgrade than getting the family pack?)
If I ran the math on this from here in Washington State, the short answer is that you'd break even with both options provided your newer Mac already had '09 software (which is possible if the newer Mac was purchased between February and September of '09).
1 Snow Leopard: $29
1 Box Set: $169
Subtotal: $198 +10% Tax=$219
1 Family Pack: $199 +10%=$220
Stay on guard. If the Tiger-based Mac is any model Mac from 2005 or earlier, it won't make the jump to Snow Leopard at all since you would have a PowerPC chip in it. Many features of the new suites require Intel chips, thus the box set would provide only limited benefit to older Macs than '06. Even with the Family Pack, you COULD move Leopard onto the older Mac and install iLife and iWork.
If BOTH Macs are newer than '06, then the more cost-effective upgrade would be the family pack. For the same price as your package (~$220 with tax up here included), you could cover both of them with one box and be sure each is up-to-date.
That's about the best info I have. Good luck!
I have a Mac Mini on 10.4.11 & I need to upgrade to Snow Leopard
It says on Snow Leopard spec that I need 1 gig of Ram and 3 gig of memory.
I have one of the early base models, 1.5GHz, Intel Core Solo, 512MB 667 MHz, will it still be able to handle SL?
- Asked by Jon M
- 04 7, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (I have a Mac Mini on 10.4.11 & I need to upgrade to Snow Leopard)
Does snow leopard support HP Deskjet 6940?
I am installing Snow Leopard on my iMac purchased in July 2006. It now has Tiger, 10.4.11. My printer is HP Deskjet 6940. Will there be a print driver on Snow Leopard to support this printer?
- Asked by Mary M from Seattle
- 06 11, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (Does snow leopard support HP Deskjet 6940?)
I have version 3.2(7b367) & I need version 4.0 or newer to be able to download books from the California library. How do I obtain this software?
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