Questions & Answers for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
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This will depend on your Mac.
I assume that if you have a 2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, that your Mac is from 2006/2007.
Unfortunately, Mountain Lion only supports Macs made after mid-2007. At the Apple website, search for support article HT5444, "System requirements for OS X Mountain Lion".
However, your Mac will run Snow Leopard (and Lion, if that is still available).
To find out definitively if your Mac is supported by Mountain Lion, take note of your Mac's Model ID. (Under the Apple Menu, click on "About this Mac", then click on "More Info", then "Hardware"*, and there will be your Mac's model ID. (* For some "About this Mac" dialog boxes, click on "System Report" between "More Info" and "Hardware".)
Then go to the Apple website and search for "How to identify XXXX models". For XXXX enter the type of Mac you have: iMac, MacBook, MacBookPro, MacBookAir, MacMini, etc. You should end up with an article that lists all the models and, for the later models, the date they were released. (If no date is listed beside your model, then do an internet search for "WIKI Intel XXXX". Again substitute XXXX with the type of mac you have. WIKI has charts with approximate dates of release for each model.)
Use the release date, and compare to the "System Requirements for OS X Mountain Lion" at Apple website.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 02 15, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I am running 10.5.8, on a 2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. Am I able to upgrade to Snow Leopard and then to Mountain Lion?)
I have OS X 10.5.8, also Windows Vista running under Bootcamp. If I upgrade to 10.6, what happens to Bootcamp and the Windows files?
Bootcamp when upgrading to 10.6Best Answer:
With personal experience, the easy upgrade (not clean install) retains all partitions, applications, personal files and preferences, including your Bootcamp partition. After upgrading, you won't notice any change until you start using some of your applications which are radically faster, the first I noticed was Safari.
In short: Your Windows partition will remain unchanged, this also goes for any virtual machines, even those saved in your personal folder.
Also worth to notice: If your bootcamp partition is formated with NTFS, it's untouchable by the Mac OS unless you re-format your whole drive.
- Answered by Max W from Göteborg
- 11 7, 09
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have OS X 10.5.8, also Windows Vista running under Bootcamp. If I upgrade to 10.6, what happens to Bootcamp and the Windows files?)
You don't have to reinstall *all* third party apps, but some that are known to be incompatible are disabled once the upgrade is complete. Those you will need to either reinstall or replace.
- Answered by Nicholas S from Santa Clara
- 10 9, 09
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Do I need to reinstall all third party apps affter upgrading to snow leopard?)
2 QUESTIONS. I own a HP computer with 7 OS. Are there any negatives using a Mac wired keyboard with my computer? Also, should I install the 0.6 Leopar
I own a HP computer with 7 OS. Are there any negatives using a Mac wired keyboard with my computer? Also, should I install the 10.6 Snow Leopard CD? Will it work with the HP? Finally, can I use the wireless mouse with my HP computer?
if I upgrade from 10.5.8 to 10.6 will I get the updated 10.6.8 for free?
- Asked by Aislinn G from Eugene
- 02 26, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (if I upgrade from 10.5.8 to 10.6 will I get the updated 10.6.8 for free?)
Yes, after installing 10.6, simply select Software Update from the Apple menu and you'll be offered the 10.6.8 update.
- Answered by Robert T from Chatham
- 02 27, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (if I upgrade from 10.5.8 to 10.6 will I get the updated 10.6.8 for free?)
where to download 10.5
need to reimage imac so I need os x 10.5, where can I download this from? issue is safari and is an issue due to integrated in this version of os x. running 0S X 10.5.8 but safari is corrupted and command R, command control R will not work.
- Asked by Franklin K from New Orleans
- 10 30, 15
- Flag as inappropriate (where to download 10.5)
do i have to have mac os v 10.6 snow to run icloud?
- Asked by Scott G from Casper
- 12 27, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (do i have to have mac os v 10.6 snow to run icloud?)
You have to have 10.7 which is called Lion to be able to use the features that are included in iCloud.
- Answered by Bo B from Ashburn
- 03 11, 12
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (do i have to have mac os v 10.6 snow to run icloud?)
What do you have to do to install it
- Asked by Robert M from Houston
- 10 22, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (What do you have to do to install it)
If I was to purchase Snow Leopard, would I be able to run it using a program like: Windows Virtual PC or Virtual Box on a PC running Windows 7???
If you have 10.3.9 you have a Powerpc Mac..Call Apple and order a copy of Os x 10.4 or os x 10.5 (if your computer meets the minimum requirements for 10.5) and they will send them to you for 130 a copy they may be cheaper
- Answered by Malik Colen C from Folsom
- 01 29, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I still have 10.3.9 and need 10.4.11 or 10.5.4, how do I upgrade?)
Once you are updated to OS 10.6.8 and have at least 2GB of memory, you can upgrade directly to OS 10.8 by using the App Store app.
However, OS 10.8 does not support iMacs older than mid-2007.
Go to Apple --> About This Mac --> More Info --> System Report --> Hardware Overview.
If the model ID of your iMac is iMac6,1 or less, your iMac is too old.
If the model ID of your iMac is iMac7,1 or higher, your iMac meets the system requirements for OS 10.8.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 08 30, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have just upgraded my iMac to Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6. Can I upgrade to Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion straight away.)
no you wouldn't lose your stuff, you can just click upgrade.(it is already set to default when you install a system.)
- Answered by Jeremy D from Melbourne
- 10 22, 09
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (if i have leopard and wish to go snow, would i loose any information on my mac? (documents, pictures, music))
if I purchase Snow Leopard, will it come with iLife '11 ?
- Asked by Alket P from Sterling Heights
- 11 6, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (if I purchase Snow Leopard, will it come with iLife '11 ?)
The $169 Mac Box Set packaged Snow Leopard with iLife '09 and iWorks '09.
Your best bet is to buy the $29 Snow Leopard DVD and install it, then buy iLife11 for $49 (these are single license prices. Family packs for 5 Macs cost $49 for Snow Leopard and $79 for iLife'11). Snow Leopard will also run older iLife apps if you have those already (eg I use iLife apps from before mid-2007 with Snow Leopard).
The $29 Snow Leopard DVD will do a clean install and/or upgrade your old OS. (As long as you have an Intel-based Mac.)
Here is how I upgraded 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 7, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (if I purchase Snow Leopard, will it come with iLife '11 ?)
can i up grade my ibook g4 with os x to the new leopard
- Asked by Christopher G from Ottawa
- 12 1, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (can i up grade my ibook g4 with os x to the new leopard)
You cannot no.
- Answered by Will V from Glendora
- 10 22, 10
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (can i up grade my ibook g4 with os x to the new leopard)
I want to install snow leopard to get more photo space. If I need 6-8 GB, where do find if I have enough memory and storage to install it
Mac OS X 10.5.8
2 Ghz Intel core 2 Duo
2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
- Asked by Sharon K from Greensboro
- 07 16, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (I want to install snow leopard to get more photo space. If I need 6-8 GB, where do find if I have enough memory and storage to install it)
can i go directly from tiger to snow leopard
- Asked by Marla K from Marathon
- 02 13, 11
- Flag as inappropriate (can i go directly from tiger to snow leopard)
Yes, but you must have an intel mac to even run it.
- Answered by Michael M from Pleasanton
- 02 14, 11
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (can i go directly from tiger to snow leopard)