Questions & Answers for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
1891 Questions from the Community
will this work on a powerpc g5?
- Asked by James K
- 01 27, 11
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No, snow leopard requires an intel Mac. You must have either a macBook, iMac Intel, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or Intel Mac Mini. The highest you can go is 10.5.8 leopard.
- Answered by Michael M from Pleasanton
- 01 30, 11
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can I load snow leopard on both my laptop and my desktop
- Asked by Loretta T from San Carlos
- 01 1, 12
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If both Macs are Intel-based, you can install Snow Leopard on each.
Please note that you should have a paid license for each computer you install Snow Leopard on to.
A single license is US$29. A US$49 family pack gives you licenses to install on up to five different Macs.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 01 3, 12
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I have a black Macbook. It currently has Ubuntu installed on it and does not have OS X. If I buy Snow Leopard will I be able to reinstall OS X?
Need to know if I buy Snow Leopard if I will be able to get it installed on a computer that no longer has OS X. Is this just an upgrade or can it be used to reinstall the entire OS?Answer
If your MacBook is Intel-based with at least 1GB of memory, you can install Snow Leopard.
Any Snow Leopard retail disk will do a clean install, but you may need to follow some extra steps with the $29 disk since "Erase and Install" may not be automatically present.
When you start up from the install DVD (press "C" during start up), you will have two options: "Utilities" and "Continue".
Select the "Utilities" button (there may be a reboot in order to run from the DVD). In the new screen that appears, under the "Utilities" menu, select Disk Utilities to format your hard drive (or partition) that Snow Leopard is going on to. When you have finished formatting, QUIT from Disk Utilities, and the installer will then complete the installation of Snow Leopard. (Note: be prepared to wait several minutes when the system reboots during installation as it copies and sets up all the files.)
I haven't tried setting up separate boot partitions for Ubuntu and Snow Leopard, but I normally keep several boot partitions with different versions of the Mac OS in case I have an app that needs an older OS. (Simply press "option" during startup to switch boot partitions.)
Have Leopard in my MacPro computer, how much is my upgrade to Snow Leopard? Thanks. Judy Ng
I have Lepard with my Mac Pro computer that I purchased in August 2008. I would like to upgrade to Snow Leopard. How much would the upgrade be if I decided to do it. Thanks. Judy Ng
- Asked by Judy N from Poway
- 10 15, 09
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is a clean install recommended of Snow Leopard to ensure smooth operation?
Is it necessary to remove programs like Photoshop CS4, Cocktail, Microsoft Office 08, earth browser, etc. prior to installation of snow leopard, and then reinstall these programs once snow leopard is installed? What are the pros and cons?
- Asked by Robert A from Leominster
- 10 26, 09
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I would recommend that coz' that's exactly what I did. It has more pros compared to cons. My MBP runs like new with a clean install.
- Answered by Richard F from Petersburg
- 11 9, 09
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I want to make my iBook G4 which is running on Tiger compatible to use with the new wifi iPad when they finally come out. What do I need to do?
Tiger OS X 10.4.11Best Answer:
It may be best to upgrade to Leopard 10.5.8, since the iPad requires it or later to even think about syncing.
Two questions about upgrading software...
I currently have Tiger 10.4.11 on my Mac Mini, my father just upgraded his mac's software from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion and I was trying to find out if I can use his software (Snow Leopard) on my Mac since he is no longer using it? Also, can I upgrade straight from Tiger 10.4.11 to Snow Leopard 10.6? Or do I need to purchase the software that goes in between those two operating systems? Thank You
- Asked by Rachael O from Windsor
- 01 3, 13
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The OS disk that comes with a Mac is usually specific to that model Mac only. You will probably need to purchase the retail Snow Leopard disk. This would also give you a "license" to have Snow Leopard on your Mac Mini. Price for the retail DVD is currently only $20. Make sure your Mac Mini is Intel-based, not PowerPC based, as Snow Leopard can only be put on Intel-based Macs.
Using the retail disk, you can upgrade directly from OS 10.4.11. I upgraded directly from OS 10.4.11 by doing the following:
1) Made a separate new partition. The new partition can be on the same hard drive as the OS 10.4.11 partition, or on an external hard drive. Use disk utility on the Snow Leopard DVD to make the partition. Once starting up the Mac from the DVD, to find Disk Utility, click the "utilities" button, then select "Disk Utility" from the "Utilities" menu. Snow Leopard may need to modify the formatting on a partition, so if using an already existing partition, any files already on it may be erased.
2) After creating the partition, Start Up again from the DVD and Install Snow Leopard to the new partition.
3) During the install, the installer will search your Mac for any other partitions with an OS on it. Then it will ask if you want to import OS settings, applications and files from the old partition. You may have to wait many minutes before the installer asks if it can import.
4) Start up with the Snow Leopard partition and do "Software Updates" (under the Apple menu) to bring Snow Leopard up to OS 10.6.8.
5) When done you will have a dual boot Mac, and can start up from either the old partition (OS 10.4.11) or the new partition (OS 10.6.8). Handy if you have an app or a driver that won't run in Snow Leopard, and you need some time before updating those apps/drivers.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 01 7, 13
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I have OSX leopard 10.5.8 With the earlier version of I life(08 I think). Should I get the bundle or the standard update?
- Asked by Travis B from Taylorsville
- 12 26, 09
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how many mac's can be upgraded by the dvd
- Asked by Ernestina R from Adelaide
- 09 21, 13
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Do I have to back up photos before installing new OS.
- Asked by Bruce B from San Jose
- 11 9, 13
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Is rosetta included with Snow Leopard?
- Asked by Pat V from Carrying Place
- 11 7, 09
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Yes, it is, but it is not installed during a standard upgrade. If a program should ever need rosetta, it will ask you to use your SL disc to install it.
- Answered by Kent M from Williamsburg
- 11 9, 09
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Yes. After starting your Mac Pro from the DVD, select Disk Utility from the Utilities menu to erase the hard drive. This will wipe out everything and allow for a clean install. Make sure you back up all your important data before you start.
- Answered by Robert T from Chatham
- 10 24, 13
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Have 10.4.11 want to upgrade to 10.6 can I?
I have 10.4.11 installed currently but want to have 10.6.
Firstly can I upgrade using this from 10.4.11 to 10.6?
Second will I have to do a clean install or will the upgrade keep all my documents, applications and settings intact?
Thanks very much.
- Asked by Jamie K
- 04 6, 11
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You can upgrade from 10.4.11 to 10.6 if you have a Mac with an Intel processor and if you buy the Mac Box Set. Go to the apple online store and search for Mac box set. The box set also comes with iLife.
- Answered by Sally M from Saint Louis
- 04 8, 11
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how do i install Mac OS X 10.6 snow leopard running Mac OS X 10.5.8
- Asked by Steve L from Carlsbad
- 03 8, 14
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Need to upgrade from 10.4.11 Tiger to either Leopard or Snow Leopard. My capacity is 111.34 GB and my available is 304.25 MB. Do I have enough room?
Can I install an intel processor on a G4?
- Asked by Laurel A from Minden
- 12 10, 11
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i have a macbook 4.1, and I need to upgrade to MacBook 7,1 or later for AutoCad 2011 for MAC. If I buy this product, the autocad work?