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I have Mac OS X 10.5.8 right now, how do I update to Mac OS X 10.6.8 in order to download iTunes 10.7?

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  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (55,150 points)

    Your MacBook is not compatible with Mountain Lion...


    See my previous post...

  • kevinkendall Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

    Jess -

    For the benefit of everyone in this thread who's giving you a hand here, please post in here:

    1. What MODEL NUMBER your Macbook is (instead of guessing by year & type of case, etc. -- your Macbook is in the manufacturing range where Mountain Lion *might* work efficiently [IF your MB has enough RAM] or it might not work at all. Gotta tell us the exact model number to know for sure.), and

    2. AND how much RAM your Macbook currently has (click the Apple icon, top left of screen, click on "About This Mac").


    Go to this Apple Knowledgebase page:

    or here:

    for help in finding your MB's model number.


    And when/if you find your MB's model number/year & time of year manufacture, etc, & want to do some DIY researching, then go here:

    to find out if your MB can handle Lion and/or Mountain Lion.


    But with either one of those, L or ML, I'd say that your MB should have a minimum of 4GB of RAM for comfortable use of your MB.


    Or just go with Snow Leopard, Jess... 10.6.8. Much simpler.  To get that, all you'd have to do is purchase just one O.S. -- *any* version of 10.6.xx on disk, install that, & then inside your new Snow Leopard v??, download & install the "Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1" from here: & then install that.  That will take whatever version of 10.6 you initially installed all the way up to Snow Leopard version 10.6.8.  After installing that Combo Update though, you should run Software Update under the Apple menu to completely update your 10.6.8. When you run Software Update it will tell you you that you need to install the Security Update 2012-004, among other things. Java's another one. You can skip the Java, but do install the 2012-004 Update.  *BUT* prior to installing that Update, **DO NOT** move the email application from the Applications folder to any other folder. Because if you do, you will be right back on here with a new problem.


    And after running Software Update, if you're really set on someday having Lion or Mountain Lion, download & install the "Mac OS X 10.6.8 Supplemental Update" from here: What that Supplemental Update does is it readies & optimizes the personalized items you've got in Snow Leopard 10.6.8 for migration into Lion/ML when & if you upgrade your SL to L / ML.


    Lots here, but essentially you've got to decide if Snow Leopard's good enough for your needs (which I believe w/ 99% certainty that it will be), which means that you'll have to buy only one OS: Any version of 10.6 on disk.


    Or if you want to take the time, expense, effort & possibly some troubleshooting time too to go all the way up to Lion/ML, then that means that you've got to buy BOTH 10.6.xx, install that, update that, and then go buy the Lion/ML disk & install that on top of your fully-upgraded Snow Leopard. You cannot upgrade to Lion/ML straight from 10.5.xx. Gotta get it up to 10.6.8 first.

    I hope this all helps you in your decision-making...

    Step 1 though........ MODEL NUMBER, Jess. And RAM amount.


    Kevin Kendall

  • kevinkendall Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)

    UR Welcome, Jess

    If you'd like to have more help info from us, post your MB's model & RAM info in here when you get a chance.


    And it would be helpful too if you have made a conclusive decision whether you want to go with installing just 10.6.8 Snow Leopard & maxing that out with all the updates Apple makes available for SL, or Snow Leopard & then on top of that after it's been fully upgraded, Lion or Mountain Lion. IF your MB is capable of handling ML, that is.




  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (55,150 points)

    Mountain Lion is Not an option for your Mac...


    Snow Leopard will be just fine.


    Increase your RAM to 4 GB and away you go...


    See here for RAM ...




    It is important to get the correct and Matching RAM.


    See here for how to Install...



  • Rog1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Limnos - your information was very useful for me in what I had to do next to upgrade my OS X from 10.5.8 (Leopard) to 10.6 (Snow Leopard). I have the late 2008 (alumin(i)um) MacBook with core duo processor.

    I called Apple Support (following your links) and they are sending me the 10.6 DVD for approx. $20. It can be used on up to 5 computers.


  • kayfromva Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am about to upgrade to Snow Leopard OS X 10.6 and then update to 10.6.8.

    I have checked the model and RAM and my MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.1 13in Early 08 should work.


    I will also increase the RAM as you suggest (correct and matching).


    I am thinking I need to increase the RAM first, or would you recommend the Snow Leopard Upgrade first?


    Thank you

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,385 points)
  • AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (55,150 points)

    kayfromva wrote:




    I am thinking I need to increase the RAM first, ...


    Yes, do the RAM first...



  • allisonswonderland Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Kevin - I have a similar memory & sorftware upgrade question related to an issue I have w/certain Applications not responding (the little circular disk delays me constantly so I find myself having to Force Close Safari, Word or whatever (and sometimes I only have 1 application open). 


    Anyway, below is my computer's info you may need (& then some!) to answer my question... I guess I want to know if you think the probable issue is that I'm just lacking memory and, if so, would you recommend that I buy a 2GB or 4GB memory card, as well?  With the idea that I'd like to upgrade the Software if that would help my computing capabilities...?  


    I've also included the info I found under "Memory", because it says that I have BANK 0/DIMM0: (w/info under it) and BANK 1/DIMM1: (but says it's all empty).  Does this mean that I have 2 slots for memory cards, but my computer just came w/the 1GB card & there's room to add another?  Ifso, is the simple solution that I just buy/install the 2 or 4GB & that it would = a total of 3 or 5GB's of memory on my hard drive? 


    Thanks in advance for helping me w/my Q's, & A's needed!! 



    Hardware Overview:

      Model:  iMac - Version OS X 10.5.8  (Leopard) 

      Processor: 2.4 GHz  Intel Core 2 Duo    

      Number Of Processors:          1

      Total Number Of Cores:          2

      L2 Cache:          6 MB

      Memory:    1 GB 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM

      Bus Speed:          1.07 GHz

      Boot ROM Version:          IM81.00C1.B00

      SMC Version (system):          1.29f1

      Hardware UUID:          29466946-783A-50E3-8EFD-878EC06544E7



    Intel ICH8-M AHCI:

      Vendor:          Intel

      Product:          ICH8-M AHCI

      Speed:          3 Gigabit

      Description:          AHCI Version 1.10 Supported


    WDC WD2500AAJS-40VWA1:

                Capacity:          232.89 GB

      Model:          WDC WD2500AAJS-40VWA1

      Revision:          58.01D02

      Native Command Queuing:          Yes

      Queue Depth:          32

      Removable Media:          No

      Detachable Drive:          No

      BSD Name:    disk0

      Mac OS 9 Drivers:          No

      Partition Map Type:          GPT (GUID Partition Table)

      S.M.A.R.T. status:          Verified


    Macintosh HD:

      Capacity:          232.57 GB

      Available:          78.21 GB

      Writable:          Yes

      File System:          Journaled HFS+

      BSD Name:          disk0s2

      Mount Point:          /



    BANK 0/DIMM0:

      Size:          1 GB

      Type:          DDR2 SDRAM

      Speed:          800 MHz

      Status:          OK

      Manufacturer:          0xAD00000000000000

      Part Number:          0x48594D503131325336344352362D53362020

      Serial Number:          0x0000201F


    BANK 1/DIMM1:

      Size:          Empty

      Type:          Empty

      Speed:          Empty

      Status:          Empty

      Manufacturer:          Empty

      Part Number:          Empty

      Serial Number:          Empty

  • ChuggyP Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi allisonswonderland, your Hardware Overview that you posted on Feb. 28 shows something I'm struggling with right now. The Macintosh HD seems to be stored within another drive called WDC WD2500AAJS-40VWA1. Are you using or did you try to use a Western DIgital external hard drive recently? I bought one, being told they were mac friendly, and ever since, I've had problems. It didn't work, I returned it, and now I've got misery. Were you able to correct your issues? If so, HOW? This is completely out of my league. Thanks for any advice!

  • DRACID Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    hi there jess what mac book is it? is it a macbook Unibody? and is it a core 2 duo? and what graphics does it have if it has Nvidia GeForce 9400M then yes it is supported as long as it has a core 2 duo with a nvidia GPU and not a intel GMA3100 or 945GMA then it will work with 10.8 and 10.9 as i have a macbook 2009 and 2010 version white unibody let me know what specs


    hope i can help you


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