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Can I upgrade my iMac 7,1 (Leopard) to Snow Leopard

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May 1, 2012 9:34 PM

I have an iMac 7,1 (10.5.8 Leopard) and was wondering if my system is compatible with upgrading to Snow Leopard.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • MadisonP Level 5 Level 5 (4,485 points)

    Greetings,

     

    To install Snow Leopard you want to make sure you meet the system requirements: http://support.apple.com/kb/SP575

     

    Going to Apple > About this mac will tell you if you have the required Intel Processor and the 1 GB RAM.

     

    Also check to make sure you have the require 5 GB minimum of free space on your computer.

     

    Before installing a new operating system, make sure you have a backup of your data: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1427.

     

    Cheers.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    Yes, and 10.6.8 should be as far as you go.

     

    You can do 10.7, but I advise against it for 10.5 era machines as it slows them down and breaks a good portion of users software and third party hardware drivers, the PPC based stuff that floated around a lot for 10.5 and 10.6.

     

    10.6 will run your PPC based code using Rosetta, in 10.7 there is no Rosetta, so you'll have a slow machine and have to buy new software and even new hardware like printers etc.

     

    http://roaringapps.com/apps:table

     

     

    10.8 is coming out this summer, your 10.5 machine is likely at it's end of life stage, so milk 10.6.8 for as long as you can then buy a new box and new software, IMO. Skip the sick kitty that's Lion.

  • gpop Calculating status...
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    Sep 27, 2012 5:16 AM (in response to ds store)

    I am currently undergoing the same process.

    It's a royal pain that you cannot order the upgrade direct from Apple online as you can with Mountain Lion.

    Is the only real way to call them up for the order?

     

    I am also currently extracting the installESD.dmg from a Mountain Lion I have purchased for my other mac and mounting it as a back up USB. I have been informed that I can update from my 10.5.8 to the Snow Leopard 10.6 - does this make sense??

  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)
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    Sep 27, 2012 6:27 AM (in response to gpop)

    You can upgrade fro 10.5 to 10.6 no problem, but the only source of the DVD is by phone.

     

    In the US, call 1-800-MY-APPLE and ask for a sales assistant. Last quoted price was $19.99 for the single-user and $29.99 for the family licence.

     

    For other countries, check here; http://support.apple.com/kb/HE57

    Don't forget to ask for Sales; the tech support guys can't help.

     

    Once installed you can go to 10.6.8 with the combo installer; http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1399

    Which gets you the App Store.

     

    I can't help as far as the ML idea is concerned, but maybe someone else can.

  • Radiation Mac Level 5 Level 5 (4,630 points)

    Well, I too own a version 7.1 iMac from late 2007, and I am currently running Mountain Lion with rather good system speed.  I mainly chaulk the reasonable speed of my system with Mountain Lion up to the fact that after installing Mountain Lion, from Lion which also ran fine, I entered the Mountain Lion Recovery Partition and its "Disk Utility", where I ran "Repair Disk" and then I ran "Repair Permissions" twice. This was intended to stabilize the system's OS fully.   This combined with running the full 6 GB of RAM that this model of iMac can use up to has resulted in a very satisfying User experience with ML 10.8.2.  (OWC, a popular vendor online, has rigorously tested this model, version 7.1, with 6 GB of RAM and its runs fully stably, even though Apple only rates it up to 4 GB of RAM.)

     

     

    Hope this helps

  • gpop Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Perfect.

     

    I'll look into this ram option as otherwise the 7.1 machine works like a dream.
    This still requires an couple of upgrade jumps from 10.5 > 10.6 > 10.8 I suppose.

  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)
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    Sep 27, 2012 1:23 PM (in response to gpop)

    Yes, I'm afraid so.

    BTW, I missed the UK bit when I posted last; recommended UK no. is Apple UK Sales;  0871 508 4400

  • gpop Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No Problems - I'm in Aus anyhow now and have ordered at $20.99 (Aus Sales: 133-622)

    Chrome does still support Snow Leopard so this will keep me happy until I have enough to jump to the 27"

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