Questions & Answers for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
1891 Questions from the Community
how do i know which OS I am running
- Asked by Patrick N from Little Silver
- 10 23, 11
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Go to the Apple Menu and select "About This Mac"
You will see a version and release number just below "Mac OS X".
Some OS code names for each version number:
OS Version 10.4 = Tiger
OS Version 10.5 = Leopard
OS Version 10.6 = Snow Leopard
OS Version 10.7 = Lion
The third number after the version number, is the update release number within the OS Version.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 10 26, 11
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i have an imac g4, 10.3.9 panther, can i upgrade to snow leopard? or what else can i use to make my mac compatable for mobile broadbandBest Answer:
Snow Leopard requires an intel processor. Your computer has a PowerPC processor. The best option for you would be to upgrade to 10.4 "Tiger", or if your mac has an 867 mhz or faster processor and enough ram you could upgrade to 10.5 "Leopard". I used to have an iMac G4 that I could use Sprint mobile broadband with. It had Tiger.
- Answered by Jared S from Sainte Genevieve
- 02 17, 10
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I have Mac OS X Version 10.6.8 I want to purchase Mountain Lion. I only have 1GB memory left. Any tips to get more memory?
- Asked by Joy R from Lake Charles
- 07 20, 14
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You have two questions in one.
1) How to upgrade iLife '08 to iLife '11.
2) How to upgrade from your current OS to Snow Leopard (OS 10.6) or later.
First, determine which OS you are running. Go to "About This Mac" under the Apple menu. In the resulting information window, the second line from the top (under "OS X") will tell you which version of OS you are running.
If you have OS 10.5 or earlier, you will need to upgrade to at least OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard) (and then do "Software Update" to get to OS 10.6.8). OS 10.6.8 or higher is necessary in order to access the App Store so one can download the current version of iLife and/or the current OS (OS 10.8).
However, if your Mac does not have an Intel processor (and instead has a PowerPC processor), you will not be able to upgrade to Snow Leopard.
iLife 11 may run on your Mac, but check system requirements first. While iLife 11 was originally supported by Snow Leopard, the latest updates to iPhoto and iMovie require Mountain Lion. iLife 11 is the first iLife released that must have an Intel-based Mac (it will not run on the older PowerPC-based Macs). iLife 09 and iLife 08 are compatible with both PowerPC-based Macs and Intel-based Macs.
Operating Systems after Snow Leopard support only the newer Macs. For example, OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion) does not support most Macs made before mid-2008.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 03 16, 13
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Can the single pack load 2 laptops in same household?
- Asked by Robert G from Marysville
- 05 23, 10
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- Answered by Joseph H from Worcester
- 07 31, 10
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No, you need an Intel processor to upgrade to Snow Leopard. You can however, upgrade to Leopard which is a HUGE upgrade from Tiger, so I suggest upgrading to Leopard (as long as you have a sufficient amount of RAM, 1.5 GB minimum, 2+ GB even better).
- Answered by Dominick V from Staten Island
- 10 11, 09
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How much RAM does Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard utilize on average?
- Asked by Ron C from Escondido
- 02 12, 10
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If I'm going from Tiger to Snow Leopard do I need to purchase leopard first?
I would like to back up everything and wipe the computer when installing Leopard. I need to know what I have to do to get my computer updated. My computer is Mac OS X version 10.4.11 with 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo.
- Asked by Barbara P from Rochester
- 01 7, 10
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I had the same problem and want to John lewis and they told me i had to buy the Famly pack with ilife,iwork and Snow Leopard.... i know it a lot more but it work so well now and there were no over probs.......hope this works out for you
Im a 14 year old mac geek...and have gone though all the mac operating systems any probs (just add me)
- Answered by Patrick O from Streatley
- 01 9, 10
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I´ve mac book air intel 2 core duo and 1.6 ghz, is ok to take just snow actualization? or i should take whole MAC pack?
I dont know what benefits ill get with just the Snow leopard
And i want to know what extra ill get with the whole pack so i can buy the best option.
- Asked by Juan Manuel G from Acapulco
- 11 28, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (I´ve mac book air intel 2 core duo and 1.6 ghz, is ok to take just snow actualization? or i should take whole MAC pack?)
Only need to have the $29 Snow Leopard install disk.
The Mac Box Set includes the above, plus iLife and iWorks.
The $29 install will install over Tiger, over Leopard and over a freshly formatted partition or hard drive. If doing a fresh install, the installation will give you opportunity to import settings, applications, and/or files from another partition with previous Mac OS. (Doing a clean install this way, also allows you to go back and start up from your old OS partition if you need to because something doesn't work quite right. I had printers that took several days to work properly under Snow Leopard.)
Snow Leopard requires 1) Intel-based Mac, 2) 1 GB RAM, 3) 5 GB Hard Drive Space, 4) DVD. Mac Box Set requires 2 GB RAM and 12 GB hard drive space.
Look at the Apple web site to determine what benefits/extra features Snow Leopard may give you. So far, every program I had running under Tiger, will run under Snow Leopard.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouver
- 11 19, 10
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no,it comes with every new mac
- Answered by Yusr T from Boston
- 04 12, 10
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I am purchasing a mac mini and have a mac book already with tiger on it. I want to upgrade my macbook to snow leopard.
will i b able to use the software from the mac mini to upgrade my mac book as well or do i need to purchase another copy of snow leopard
- Asked by Michael R from Medford
- 08 12, 10
- Flag as inappropriate (I am purchasing a mac mini and have a mac book already with tiger on it. I want to upgrade my macbook to snow leopard.)
what printer will work with Mac OS X version 10.6.8
- Asked by Karen B from San Rafael
- 04 19, 15
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when I go to the link for more info about the $9.95 upgrade for recent owners the link just takes me back to the snow leopard page. where do I go?
How do I find out the type of processor have? I checked the Apple menu under "About this Mac" and it's not very clear.
I am trying to upgrade to the latest operating system and I want to make sure that I am able to with my current processor.Answer
When you go to "About This Mac" and read the specs for the processor, it may seem a bit cryptic.
If the phrase "PowerPC" is in the description, you can't upgrade to OS10.6 (Snow Leopard).
If the word "Intel" is in the description, then you are good for Snow Leopard.
But for Lion, the description can not read "Intel Core Duo".
It must read "Intel Core 2 Duo" or have the phrase "Core i3", "Core i5", "Core i7", or "Xeon".
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 05 14, 12
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Does Snow Leapord come with the new mac book pros
- Asked by Lori P from Pasadena
- 11 26, 09
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I have an Mac Pro 2009 and a MacBook Pro. Can I install Snow Leopard on both using the one disk? Or do I have to purchase two versions of Snow LeopardAnswer
A single disk can be used to install Snow Leopard on multiple Macs, however you should have a license for each Mac and the only way to obtain a license is to purchase the Snow Leopard disk. Think of it this way: the disk is only the medium, the license is $19.99.
Make sure that your Macs were not released AFTER OS 10.7 (Lion) was released. Snow Leopard (OS 10.6) may not support Macs that were released after Lion was released. Lion was released July 20, 2011, so your 2009 Mac Pro should be okay. There were some MacBook Pro models released after July 2011, so I would be cautious with these models.
I have an iMac model that was released on May 3, 2011, but I purchased from the Apple Store, refurbished, in 2013 with OS 10.8 preinstalled. The Snow Leopard disk would not install on it, but the iMac will run Snow Leopard from a disk that had been connected to a 2006 iMac and had Snow Leopard installed by the 2006 iMac.
I am still running Mac OS X 10.5.8 on my MakeBook Pro. Please tell me if and how iI can install Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3 from Install DVD
The model of my MacBook Pro is MacBookPro4.1 of year 2006
processor: Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 cores, speed 2.4 GHz
memory: 2 GB
available capacity: 132.63 GB out of 186 GB
Thanks in advance for your precious guidance