Currently Being ModeratedMay 31, 2012 3:41 PM (in response to NNY123)
#1 - Purchase retail the Snow Leopard discs
#2 - To make sure your computer is in tip top shape for an upgrade -
Disconnect all peripherals from your computer.
Boot from your install disc & run Repair Disk from the utility menu. To use the Install Mac OS X disc, insert the disc, and restart your computer while holding down the C key as it starts up.
Select your language.
Once on the desktop, select Utility in the menu bar.
Select Disk Utility.
Select the disk or volume in the list of disks and volumes, and then click First Aid.
Click Repair Disk.
Restart your computer when done.
Repair permissions after you reach the desktop-http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=25751 and restart your computer.
#3 - Boot up from disc #1
#4 - Follow the onscreen instructions
Read the instructions for updating to 10.6.8 - My procedure for a major OS or Security update - some advice on best practice by WZZZ
Currently Being ModeratedJun 3, 2012 6:12 PM (in response to CMCSK)
thanks for your reply.
the note about periferals is an addition to everything else I have been learning on this site.
Thank you. (and everyone else)
Will check your link.
(I'm checking in intermittantly - learning - and gaining courage!) (slowly)
Currently Being ModeratedJun 4, 2012 7:56 AM (in response to NNY123)
Backup your personal users data folders off the machine to a storage drive and disconnect
Stick the 10.6 disk in the machine and there will be a installer, double click it and the machine will reboot and present the installer.
10.5 to 10.6 upgraded on a non-corrupted machine is rather painless, all your 10.5 installed software should work or with a update.
If your doing this to get to 10.7, be warned that your older PPC software WILL NO LONGER WORK in 10.7, same with older hardware drivers for third party printers etc.
You machine might be slow after upgrading from 10.5 to 10.6, this might be because your 10.5 drive is a bit messed up or nearly full, thus 10.6 is written to slower parts of the drive.
10.6 is tested faster than 10.5 (or 10.7) so if your experincing slow downs/issues, you might have to "Fresh Install" 10.6 and low the content of your boot drive.
My 10.6.8 is extremely responsive on my Early 2011, the last machine that came with 10.6, I can boot in a mere 35 seconds on a 5,400 RPM drive.
If you going to 10.7, I highly recommend Fresh installing 10.6.3 , then Software Updating 10.6.8 then upgrading to 10.7 as your going to have to install all new programs likely anyway. I don't advise Migrating, transer files back manually from the storage drive.
Just FYI, 10.7 is a RAM hog, you really need 4GB.
Also 10.8 is right around the corner, your 10..5 era machine might be too dated to run 10.8 and thus you might be thinking of getting a new machine, perhaps all new software then instead of buying all new with 10.7.
You might want to stay on the fast 10.6.8 on your older hardware with your present software and hardware drivers intact and save for a new 10.8/10.9 machine. 10.6 will be at least 40-50% of users this time next year. 10.7 is currently only 30% as so many third party software doesn't work with it.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 4, 2012 9:18 AM (in response to ds store)
Great info... forward looking. That addressed things I don't even know to ask, but somehow I was picking up on.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 4, 2012 2:49 PM (in response to NNY123)