3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 30, 2012 11:22 PM by oraclebhoy
oraclebhoy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello.

 

I bought a 2nd hand mac book (late 2006, MA700LL/A) model, the OS is currently running 10.6.8 but i'm having issues with applications not running (Itunes won't sync with iphone or downloads apps, just freezes), as it came with a lot of junk installed from the previous owner I would like to format the disk and start again from scratch.

I don't have any disks for this mac so my question is this. when this mac was made it came with tiger installed (or so it says on all of the sites i've looked), do i need to purchase the tiger DVD's or can i just jump ahead and install say Lion.

 

thank you.

 

Oraclebhoy


MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • 1. Re: do i need to install tiger or can i go later version
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,775 points)

    If it has Snow Leopard 10.6.8, then you can install Lion:

     

    Upgrading to Lion

     

    If your computer does not meet the requirements to install Mountain Lion, it may still meet the requirements to install Lion.

     

    You can purchase Lion by contacting Customer Service: Contacting Apple for support and service - this includes international calling numbers. The cost is $19.99 (as it was before) plus tax.  It's a download. You will get an email containing a redemption code that you then use at the Mac App Store to download Lion. Save a copy of that installer to your Downloads folder because the installer deletes itself at the end of the installation.

     

         Lion System Requirements

     

           1. Mac computer with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7,

               or Xeon processor

           2. 2GB of memory

           3. OS X v10.6.6 or later (v10.6.8 recommended)

           4. 7GB of available space

           5. Some features require an Apple ID; terms apply.

  • 2. Re: do i need to install tiger or can i go later version
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,775 points)

    If you saved your Lion download as I suggested, then you can make a bootable flash drive:

     

    Make Your Own Mountain/Lion Installer

     

    1. After downloading Mountain/Lion you must first save the Install Mac OS X Mountain/

        Lion application. After Mountain/Lion downloads DO NOT click on the Install button.

        Go to your Applications folder and make a copy of the Mountain/Lion installer. Move

        the copy into your Downloads folder. Now you can click on the Install button. You

        must do this because the installer deletes itself automatically when it finishes

        installing.

     

    2. Get a USB flash drive that is at least 8 GBs. Prep this flash drive as follows:

     

      a. Open Disk Utility in your Utilities folder.

      b. After DU loads select your flash drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left

          side list. Click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.

      c. Under the Volume Scheme heading set the number of partitions from the drop down menu to one.     

          Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Options button, set the

          partition scheme to GUID then click on the OK button. Click on the Partition button and wait until

          the process has completed.

      d. Select the volume you just created (this is the sub-entry under the drive entry) from the left side

          list. Click on the Erase tab in the DU main window.

      e. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Options button, check the

          button for Zero Data and click on OK to return to the Erase window.

      f. Click on the Erase button. The format process can take up to an hour depending upon the flash

         drive size.

     

    3. Locate the saved Mountain/Lion installer in your Downloads folder. CTRL- or RIGHT-click on the installer and select Show Package Contents from the contextual menu. Double-click on the Contents folder to open it. Double-click on the SharedSupport folder. In this folder you will see a disc image named InstallESD.dmg.

     

    4. Plug in your freshly prepared USB flash drive. You are going to clone the content of the InstallESD.dmg disc image to the flash drive as follows:

     

      a. Double-click on the InstallESD.dmg file to mount it on your Desktop.

      b. Open Disk Utility.

      c. Select the USB flash drive from the left side list.

      d. Click on the Restore tab in the DU main window.

      e. Select the USB flash drive volume from the left side list and drag it to the Destination entry field.

      f. Drag the mounted disc icon from the Desktop into the Source entry field.

      g. Double-check you got it right, then click on the Restore button.

     

    When the clone is completed you have a fully bootable installer that you can use without having to re-download Mountain/Lion.

     

    Note: The term Mountain/Lion used above means Lion or Mountain Lion.

     

    As an alternative to the above (you still have to do your own download of Lion/Mountain Lion) you can try using Lion DiskMaker 2.0 that automates the process of Steps 2 through 4.

  • 3. Re: do i need to install tiger or can i go later version
    oraclebhoy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for the very detailed instruction.

     

    Thank you