Questions & Answers for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
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I have a MB466LL/A, can I upgrade to Snow Leopard?
I just received my refurbished MB466LL/A and it's slower than my a1226! I'm running on 10.5.8, but want the newest available software for my new computer, what's my best option? Snow Leopard? Mountain Lion? Can I even install these on this computer, and will it improve the speed? My computer is telling me I have no software updates available, which makes me nervous that this computer can't run the newer softwares, and I'm sweating the decision to make this purchase, as it (so far) seems worse than what I had before. Please HELP, I'm new to the Mac world and stressing!
- Asked by Paige B from Tempe
- 07 31, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (I have a MB466LL/A, can I upgrade to Snow Leopard?)
Your computer is telling you there are no more Software Updates available because you have OS 10.5 and the furthest you can go in OS 10.5 is OS 10.5.8. "Software Update..." updates current software on your computer. It does the "free" updates. It will not advise on major new releases of software, such as transition from OS 10.5 (Leopard) to OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard).
Your MacBook with Core 2 Duo processor was released on October 14, 2008. It is Model ID MacBook5,1. If it has at least 1GB of memory It will have no problem running Snow Leopard.
I don't have info for this particular model as to the latest OS it will support. However model ID MacBook4,2 will support Lion (OS 10.7), and MacBook 5,2 will support Mountain Lion (OS 10.8). My hunch is that the furthest you can go is Lion (OS 10.7). The MacBook with ID MacBook4,2 was released October 14, 2008 (same as yours), whereas MacBook with ID MacBook5,2 was released January 21, 2009.
To improve speed, the usual remedy is to increase memory. The maximum memory that was officially supported by Apple for this MacBook is 4GB (although you can put in 8GB). Your MacBookPro A1226 (MA895, MA896, MA897 -- Model ID: MacBookPro3,1) is probably faster, even though it was released June 5, 2007, because it has a separate graphics processor (Nvidia Geforce 8600M GT), whereas your MacBook MB466LL/A has integrated graphics (Nvidia GeForce 9400M). The integrated graphics processor shares 256MB with the main memory on the computer. Integrated graphics results in a slower computer than having a separate graphics processor. Unfortunately, I don't think you can change the type of graphics processor inside MacBooks.
You can see how much memory you have by going to "About this Mac" in the Apple menu.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 08 1, 13
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I have an intel based MAC, but when I go to order OS X Snow leopard, it will only let me order it at a local store. How do I download Snow Leopard?Answer
Snow Leopard has never been sold as a download.
It is only available on disc. Shipping is free if ordered from the Apple Store online.
If your make does not have an optical drive, there are three methods to install:
1) Connect your Mac to a network with a computer that has an optical drive. The computer can be a PC running Windows XP or Vista, or a Mac running OS 10.4.10 or later (OS 10.5 or OS 10.6 preferred). The Mac needs to be older than mid-2010. There is software on the Snow Leopard disc to allow Remote Install of the Mac OS from computers with optical drives.
2) Use an external optical drive. (This "should" work.)
3) Get a USB flash stick that is at least 8GB in size. Use Disk Utility to reformat it as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)". On a Mac with optical drive, use Disk Utility to RESTORE the Snow Leopard disc to the flash drive. Connect flash drive to your Mac and restart while holding the Option key. Start up from the flash drive and install Snow Leopard.
How do I know if I have Intel in my MacBook
I want to upgrade to Tiger but the answers all say that I can do it only if I have Intel in my computer. How do I find out if I have it?
- Asked by Kathleen R from North Plains
- 02 2, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (How do I know if I have Intel in my MacBook)
In the apple menu click on About My Mac and when it opens it will say processor"____________" this is where you find out if you have intel.
- Answered by Cooper M from Plano
- 02 2, 10
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does ichat work internationally?
I'm going to Korea for two weeks and want to talk to my friends and family back home in the US
- Asked by Faith S from New York
- 08 9, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (does ichat work internationally?)
No. You will need the family pack. The licence rules are simple. ONE software upgrade, ONE computer.
- Answered by Jacqueline W from Bexleyheath
- 10 2, 09
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (does the single snow leopard package allow me to upgrade both an intel imac and an intel macbook?)
If I'am from Romania how can I purchase the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard?
- Asked by Radu Eugen B from Codlea
- 02 10, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (If I'am from Romania how can I purchase the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard?)
No. Snow Leopard will just update the OS and leave you applications alone. I would make a backup of your important data just incase something does go wrong during the install.
- Answered by Josh H from Smithers
- 11 14, 09
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (by up grading to snow leopard will my apps that are installed be erased)
Is it possible to download and enter the serial number from the disc I bought at Apple? It's been scratched and won't work.
I purchased OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3 on disc at the apple store. Unfortunately it was left out and got scratched before I could install it on all my machines. Is it possible to download it and enter my serial code? Or do I have to drive in LA traffic and pay for another copy??
- Asked by Kim A from Los Angeles
- 11 3, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (Is it possible to download and enter the serial number from the disc I bought at Apple? It's been scratched and won't work.)
As far as I know there is no legally available download for Snow Leopard.
- Answered by Robert T from Chatham
- 11 5, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Is it possible to download and enter the serial number from the disc I bought at Apple? It's been scratched and won't work.)
I have the OS X Tiger and want to buy Snow Leopard (I have the intel processor) without buying the Box set.
I already have the iLife '09 waiting to be installed (received as a gift) so will that still violate the license agreement?
- Asked by Sarah H from Toronto
- 01 5, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (I have the OS X Tiger and want to buy Snow Leopard (I have the intel processor) without buying the Box set.)
can I upgrade 10.4.11 to snow leopard or mountain lion?
- Asked by David A from League City
- 02 8, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (can I upgrade 10.4.11 to snow leopard or mountain lion?)
It depends on your model of computer. If your computer's model year is before 2007, No. If it is 2007 iMac, Macbook Pro then Yes. All other computer must be Late 2008 models or later to run Snow Leopard.
- Answered by Vella W from Muncie
- 05 1, 13
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My MACBOOK PRO has been installed & delivered in French
My MACBOOK PRO has been installed & delivered in French with a French keyboard. Can I use the version sold in the U.S. or am I obligated to buy the Snow Leopard in french Apple Store ?
- Asked by Susan S from Baldwin
- 10 16, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (My MACBOOK PRO has been installed & delivered in French)
Can I still buy Leopard for my PowerPC G4?
I would like to upgrade my PowerPC G4 to Leopard (not Snow Leopard, which only supports Intel). I cannot find a reputable source for purchasing the upgrade...does Apple stil make the Tiger --> Leopard upgrade available for the G4 (PowerPC) or am I stuck at Tiger?
I would like to try utilities like Time Machine and iPhoto.
- Asked by Loren B from Media
- 01 2, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I still buy Leopard for my PowerPC G4?)
Have no fear, you can still purchase the leopard (for PPC's) on Amazon or Ebay. As for the latest version of iPhoto, you will have to purchase iLife 09.
- Answered by Anton J from Rathdrum
- 01 5, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Can I still buy Leopard for my PowerPC G4?)
By default the installer will only offer to upgrade your computer. You will need to use Disk Utility to erase the drive first, and then it will do a full "fresh" install.
- Answered by James L from Lubbock
- 04 24, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (is this mac os x 10.6 can be used as full install also or is it just an upgrade)
have macbook pro 2.16 ghz intel core 2 duo; 1 gb of 667MHz ram and my disk utility telling me i need to do a clean boot, what OS should i get?
i have a broken 10.6.8 Os currently, but if im buying a disk and can upgrade to lion i will.
Will snow leopard enable me to use windows on my mac?
I need to use windows on my mac so that i can use a program called templot but i am worried that i will spend £25 on snow leopard and still not be able to use windows.......Would anyone be able to help me or refer something that will definitely work so as to not waste money on something i won`t need?
- Asked by Stephen P
- 03 13, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (Will snow leopard enable me to use windows on my mac?)
does this version of mac os work for a fresh installation
- Asked by Mansour A from Lorain
- 09 22, 10
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- Answered by Frank V
- 10 3, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (does this version of mac os work for a fresh installation)
What is the difference between a family and single user pack?
On the Software's Purchase Page it shows you can get a Single-User Pack for $29 and a Family Pack for $49.. What's the difference?
- Asked by Kyle W from Oklahoma City
- 06 12, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (What is the difference between a family and single user pack?)
The single-user pack allows you to install Snow Leopard onto One (1) Apple-labeled computer.
The Family Pack is described by Apple as:
"The Family Pack Software License Agreement allows you to install and use one copy of the Apple software on up to a maximum of five (5) Apple-labeled computers at a time as long as those computers are located in the same household and used by persons who occupy that household. By “household” we mean a person or persons who share the same housing unit such as a home, apartment, mobile home, or condominium, including students who are primary residents of that household but reside at a separate on-campus location. This license does not extend to business or commercial users."
- Answered by Matthew Y from Iowa City
- 06 13, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (What is the difference between a family and single user pack?)
No, you don't "need" to buy 2 discs, but you need to have a license for each Mac you install it on to.
The license that comes with the US$29 disk limits the installation of the OS to a SINGLE Apple-branded computer.
The license that comes with the Family Pack (US$49) allows installation on up to FIVE Apple-branded computers in the same household.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouver
- 02 2, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have a MacBook running 10.5.8 and an IMax running 10.5.8, Do I need to buy 2 discs ?)