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How do I upgrade Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8 to Mountain Lion?

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Nov 24, 2012 3:00 PM

I have been very frusterated. Last night, I tried to sync my 4th gen iPod touch to itunes, but a screen popped up that told me I must have version 10.6.8 to be able to sync this particular iPod. I didn't have any clue what this meant. I decided to go get the box from my '08 or '09 Macbook (which I bought used) to see if the manual would tell me what to do. I found a CD of software in the box that I hadn't seen was the Mac OS X Lion software. I realized that I had never installed this software after purchasing my laptop used, so I popped the disc in and installed the software. Afterwards, my itunes icon no longer looked like the new 2010 one, it was back to the old one with the disc and blue music note. I tried clicking on itunes and it said "The file 'iTunes library itl.' cannot be read because it was created by a newer version of iTunes." At this point, I had no clue what was going on, so through some looking around on, I got my software updated up to Mac OS X 10.5.8, which is Leapord I believe. This is what it is now. I do not know what exactly my software was before, or what happened, but it is all screwed up. Now I see that I need to update to the Mac OS X Mountain Lion in order to fix my computer...but guess what? tells me that I need to order it from mac app store, which should be in my dock. But I do not have it in my dock, and I can't get it in my dock at all without having Mac OS X Mountain Lion. See my problem? I don't know what to do. And I can't contact Apple Support without paying money, because my laptop is not supported. Someone...please, please help me.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,080 points)

    Yes. This sounds like a mess but it is understandable how it could happen. It's like one of those logic puzzles involving the wolf and a sheep and some straw in a boat...


    Basically you need to upgrade to Snow Leopard first.


    In the US:


    or call the phone number in the Apple Online Store: 800-MY-APPLE


    Snow Leopard costs $20, or $30 for a five user license. 


    Do not obtain Snow Leopard from any source other than Apple.


    Make sure your system meets Snow Leopard's requirements:

    Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" System Requirements

    To install Snow Leopard for the first time, you must have a Mac with:

    • An Intel processor
    • An internal or external DVD drive, or DVD or CD Sharing
    • At least 1 GB of memory (RAM) (additional RAM is recommended)
    • A built-in display or a display connected to an Apple-supplied video card supported by your computer
    • At least 5 GB of disk space available, or 7 GB of disk space if you install the developer tools


    Once you do all this upgrade iTunes to the latest version. It will read your existing iTunes music. Don't worry about the error you received - that happened because you installed an older version of iTunes.


    Then, you can finally sync your iPhone 4S.


    After that you can decide if you want to upgrade OS X to either of its later versions.

    ... I found a CD of software in the box that I hadn't seen was the Mac OS X Lion software.


    Most likely that is not for Lion but an older version of OS X. Do not misplace those discs. They may be required in the future and can be very troublesome to replace should they become lost.

    MacBooks  iMacs  iPods  AirPorts, OS X Mountain Lion,  27 years Apple!
  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,080 points)

    Hankud wrote:


    ... Once I install Snow Leapord, I assume I will be able to get the Mac app store in my dock?


    Yes, that is the reason you must have Snow Leopard first.


    After you upgrade to Snow Leopard and everything is running the way you expect, you can decide if you want to upgrade to Mountain Lion:



    Mac OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" System Requirements



    To install Mountain Lion, you need one of these Macs:



    • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
    • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
    • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
    • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
    • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
    • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
    • Xserve (Early 2009)

                   Your Mac needs:

    • OS X v10.6.8 or OS X Lion already installed
    • 2 GB or more of memory (RAM) (More than that is recommended)
    • 8 GB or more of available hard disk space


    If your Mac meets these requirements, Mountain Lion will appear in the App Store.


    If it falls short it may still be eligible for Lion though:


    Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" System Requirements

    • Mac with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon CPU

                   Core Duo CPUs are not sufficient for Lion

    • 2GB of memory (RAM)
    • OS X v10.6.6 or later (v10.6.8 recommended)


    Lion does not appear in the App Store. To obtain it you would need to phone Apple and order a download code, which is subsequently used to "redeem" in the App Store.


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