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how do I upgrade Mac OS X version 10.4.11 to the latest OS?

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I just bought a Neatreceipts scanner and I can't install it with the OS I have.  Which OS should I get and where should I buy it?


Thank you

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)

    Hi, let's see what your MacBook is capable of, some can only do 10.6.x, some can do the Larest 10.7.x


    At the Apple Icon at top left>About this Mac.


    Then click on More Info>Hardware and report this upto but not including the Serial#...


    Hardware Overview:


    Model Name: iMac

    Model Identifier: iMac7,1

    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo

    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz

    Number Of Processors: 1

    Total Number Of Cores: 2

    L2 Cache: 4 MB

    Memory: 6 GB

    Bus Speed: 800 MHz

    Boot ROM Version: IM71.007A.B03

    SMC Version (system): 1.21f4



    I don't see where it works with anything but Windows®!



    There still may be a solution.


    System Requirements

    • Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista® or 7

    • Pentium IV 1.3 GHz or later

    • 1 GB RAM (2 GB highly recommended)

    • 1 GB hard disk space to install

    • CD-ROM drive, Available USB port

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (44,220 points)

    It does work with a Mac.


    Mac System Requirements

    • Mac computer with an Intel® processor

    • 1 GB of RAM; 3 GB recommended

    • Mac OS X v10.5.8 or later

    • 256MB of available disk space for installation, 1GB recommended for user data

    • CD-ROM or DVD drive required for installation

    • Available USB port


    You meet the Intel processdor requirement, but you need OS 10.5 or later. Snow leopard, OS 10.6, is easier to get.


     Cheers, Tom

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,010 points)

    Upgrading to 10.5.8 check to make sure you are compatible here first:

    If not, an external hard drive or flash drive might be a better option with 10.5.8 or later installed first, until you can afford to upgrade all your applications.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,010 points)

    Yours is the minimum MacBook that can upgrade to Lion.  However, you'll lose access to Rosetta applications.  Follow my links above to find out if that's essential.  You'll also need to upgrade your RAM to 2 GB if you go all the way to Lion.  Backup your data before installing anything.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)

    Snow Leopard/10.6.x Requirements...


    General requirements

       * Mac computer with an Intel processor

        * 1GB of memory (I say 4GB at least)

        * 5GB of available disk space (I say 30GB at least)

        * DVD drive for installation

        * Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.

        * Some features require Apple’s MobileMe service; fees and terms apply.


    Which apps work with Mac OS X 10.6?...


    It looks like they might still have it...



    If it's a core Duo & not a Core2Duo, then it'll only run in 32 bit mode.


    Lion/101.7 System requirements

        •    x86-64 processor (Macs with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7, or Xeon processor.)

        •    At least 2GB of memory, I say 6 GB

        •    Latest version of Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), with the Mac App Store installed

        •    At least 4GB of disk space for downloading, I say 50 GB.

    Like Snow Leopard, Lion does not support PowerPC-based Macs (e.g., Power Macs, PowerBooks, iBooks, iMacs (G3-G5), eMacs).

    Lion also does not support 32-bit Intel Core Duo or Core Solo based Macs. Rosetta is no longer available in Lion, which means Lion no longer supports PowerPC applications.




    What applications are not compatible with Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion"?




    Or, if you can afford to erase everything & spend $10 more than the 10.6 Disc & 10.7 from the App Store...


    It looks like Apple will have has Lion available on USB drives for $69...



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