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how do I know if I'm running a lion?

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CarolSarah Calculating status...
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May 1, 2012 4:27 PM

how do I know if I'm running a lion?  I know nothing about macs, I build and repair pc's and don't have a clue on how to add new hardware on this machine.  Why don't they come with a manual as well?

iMac (27-inch Mid 2011)
  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    May 1, 2012 4:52 PM (in response to CarolSarah)

    CarolSarah wrote:

     

    how do I know if I'm running a lion?

     

    I don't know, how would you know if your "running a lion?"

     

    Is it a new machine? Then it's running some sort of lion, not a good lion that is, snow leopard is better, but you can't run that.

     

    ....don't have a clue on how to add new hardware on this machine.

     

    You don't, it's completely sealed up tight and nobody but Apple can do anything to the machine.

     

    You can add RAM benind the little door...but that's it. It's a closed box and the operating system is headed for being closed next.

     

     

    Why don't they come with a manual as well?

     

    Who reads the manual?   Just start clicking around and stuff.

     

    Not boot disks neither, you'll have to pay another $69 for boot USB to reinstall the operating system with after you've messed up your machine.

     

    Ok, I fudged a bit, there is a Recovery parttion on the boot drive, inside the machine, but you need good internet to download the operating system from Apple's servers, if not then you need the $69 boot USB.

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  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 7 Level 7 (30,500 points)
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    May 1, 2012 5:50 PM (in response to CarolSarah)

    Click the Apple menu (upper left), click About this Mac. If the Version listed is 10.7.x, it's Lion.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
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    May 2, 2012 8:17 AM (in response to CarolSarah)

    CarolSarah wrote:

     

    I have already added ram to the machine, what I meant by how do I add harware is I have a hp scanjet 4670 scanner and this imac 10.7.3 doesn't recognize it and I would like to be able to use it on this machine since it is a good scanner?

     

    Sorry, but HP apparently is not going to provide Intel-native (and hence Lion compatible) drivers for that scanner. You'll need a new scanner.

     

    Regards.

  • sdpitbull Level 3 Level 3 (965 points)
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    May 2, 2012 9:58 PM (in response to CarolSarah)

    What happens when the scanner is connected and you go into System Preferences > Printers & Scanners and try to add it that way? Apple usually has pretty good HP drivers that come with the OS itself. They are still supporting an old HP 1200 that I have from 2005 or so.

  • sdpitbull Level 3 Level 3 (965 points)
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    May 3, 2012 10:41 AM (in response to CarolSarah)

    Hi Carol, In the lower left is a + button. Make sure the scanner is plugged in via any usb port and click on the + key and it should walk you through the proicess.

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  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,195 points)
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    May 3, 2012 12:00 PM (in response to sdpitbull)

    It's not going to work. Again, HP uses a PowerPC plugin for this scanner - they've never written an Intel-native driver -  and since Rosetta isn't available with Lion, the driver cannot operate.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,550 points)
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    May 7, 2012 6:04 PM (in response to varjak paw)

    Before you throw that scanner away, try it:

     

    1.  with Image Capture, an application that comes bundled with Lion in its Applications folder; and/or

     

    2.  in Snow Leopard (and Rosetta) installed into Parallels 7 in Lion.  I have had success helping a professional photographer who needed to upgrade to Lion for iCloud, but has a substantial investment in scanners and other photographic hardware that will never have its software upgraded, and hence will always require Rosetta:

     

    Lion-Snow+Leopard.jpg

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/18285340#18285340

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