12 Replies Latest reply: Jul 10, 2012 9:30 PM by MlchaelLAX
mariework Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am using Mac OS X v10.5.8 when I go to software update the computer says nothing needs updating, but I need to be on at least 10.6 to use google drive.   I am confused what to do!


Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 1. Re: updating OS X 10.5.8
    Niel Level 10 Level 10 (242,115 points)

    You need to install it from a DVD. If you're a paid member of MobileMe, Apple will send you one for free. If not, the online Apple Store sells it.

     

    Mac OS X 10.6 requires an Intel Mac.

     

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  • 2. Re: updating OS X 10.5.8
    mariework Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for that Niel.  Do you think it is necessary to back up my files before installing?

  • 3. Re: updating OS X 10.5.8
    varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,765 points)

    Backing up your files is always a wise precaution and is strongly recommended. If you have an external drive you can use, I'd recommend cloning the entire drive (using a utilty such as Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper) so that if something goes wrong you can easily get your system back to it's pre-upgrade state.

     

    Regards.

  • 4. Re: updating OS X 10.5.8
    CyndyK Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have Version 10.5.8 and need to know if I have to go through Snow Leopard and Lion before upgrading to Mountain Lion, or can I just go direct to Mountain Lion?  Specs below.  Thanks!  CyndyK

     

      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:          1 GB

      Bus Speed:          800 MHz

      Boot ROM Version:          IM71.007A.B03

      SMC Version (system):          1.20f4

  • 5. Re: updating OS X 10.5.8
    noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)

    You need Snow Leopard 10.6.8 as a minimum.

     

    The specs were released today;

    http://www.apple.com/osx/specs/

     

    It would seem your iMac will run ML, but you'll need to max out the memory (RAM) - 2GB is minimum, but 4GB is likely to be more realistic.

     

    Message was edited by: noondaywitch

  • 6. Re: updating OS X 10.5.8
    CyndyK Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you, noondaywitch!  Is there any point (or need) to upgrading to Lion once I get Snow Leopard?  If I get more RAM, can I go direct to Mountain Lion?  Or SHOULD I, may be the more important question? 

     

    CyndyK

     

    And how do I give you bonus points?  : )

  • 7. Re: updating OS X 10.5.8
    noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)

    CyndyK wrote:

     

    Thank you, noondaywitch!  Is there any point (or need) to upgrading to Lion once I get Snow Leopard?  If I get more RAM, can I go direct to Mountain Lion?  Or SHOULD I, may be the more important question? 

     

    Personally, my opinion is no - I've frozen my system at 10.6.5 after seeing Lion.

    If you want to try ML, you don't need to load Lion first; you can go straight there from SL.

     

    I would have a trip to your nearest Apple Store (or franchised retailer) after ML is released, and get as much time to play with it as you can before you consider upgrading. There're a lot of changes, not all of them universally popular. In any case I wouldn't be looking to update immediately a new OS is released - there are always bugs which were missed in the beta testing and I'd wait for about 10.8.3 before contemplating a move.

     

    One consideration is that Lion & ML no longer support legacy PPC applications. Up to now they've been able to run on Intel Macs using Rosetta (a code tranlator/emulator). That's no longer supported from Lion.

     

    So any Appleworks files would need translating to iWork (paid for apps), Apps like MS Office 2004 would need to be updated to 2008 or 2011 versions (not free), probably some device drivers would cease to work. Certainly any Adobe apps distributed before about 2009 would need updating (again, probably not free).

     

    Even Snow Leopard will probably need printer & scanner drivers updating, and may have problems with earlier Adobe apps.

     

    As for points, I understand there are buttons in the replies that only the original poster can see.

    If you didn't start the thread, you can't award points.

  • 8. Re: updating OS X 10.5.8
    MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,745 points)

    noondaywitch wrote:

     

    ...I've frozen my system at 10.6.5 after seeing Lion...

    What keeps you from upgrading to 10.6.8?

     

    Do you install the JAVA and other security updates for Snow Leopard?

  • 9. Re: updating OS X 10.5.8
    noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)

    I refuse to have the app store.

     

    Java is permanently off.

  • 10. Re: updating OS X 10.5.8
    MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,745 points)

    Wouldn't a better solution be to upgrade to 10.6.8 and then uninstall the App Store?

  • 11. Re: updating OS X 10.5.8
    noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)

    Michael, I have my solution; you do what you like.

     

    It may come as something of a shock, but having the latest of everything is neither compulsory nor necessarily a good thing.

     

    Subject closed as far as I'm concerned.

  • 12. Re: updating OS X 10.5.8
    MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,745 points)

    Just because you're having a bad day, doesn't mean you should take it out on others!