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Upgrade from OS X 10.6.8 to Mountain Lion

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Hi, my MacBook has the following specs:  2 GHx Intel Core 2 Duo, with 2 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM, with about 200 GB of available space on my hard drive, running Snow Leopard 10.6.8.  I tried to purchase and download Mountain Lion and got a message stating "We could not complete your purchase, OSX Mountain Lion is not compatible with this computer".  On another discussion thread, I saw a comment where you can upgrade directly from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion - did I misunderstand this??  Does anyone have any ideas on why I can't upgrade?  Any & all help would be greatly appreciated!

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Jan 10, 2013 6:10 PM (in response to KillrPhoenix)

    Hi, You understood perfectly, but Apple seems a bit secretive as to what is required, & many Macs can't run ML/10.8, but may run Lion/10.7.

     

    (For my money, OSX went really down hill fast after 10.6.8)

     

    Snow Leopard/10.6.x Requirements...

     

    Lion/101.7 System requirements

        •    x86-64 processor (Macs with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7, or Xeon processor.)

        •    At least 2GB of memory, (I say 4GB)

        •    Latest version of Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), with the Mac App Store installed

        •    At least 4GB of disk space for downloading, (I say 40GB at least)

     

    Like Snow Leopard, Lion does not support PowerPC-based Macs (e.g., Power Macs, PowerBooks, iBooks, iMacs (G3-G5), eMacs).

     

    Lion also does not support 32-bit Intel Core Duo or Core Solo based Macs. Rosetta is no longer available in Lion, which means Lion no longer supports PowerPC applications.

     

    But you have to call Apple to get Lion/10.7 if it indeed will run it.

     

    Macs that will support OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

    As usual, the newer the Mac the better:

        •    MacBook Pro – 13″ from mid 2009 or later, 15″ from late 2007 and newer, 17″ from late 2007 and newer

        •    MacBook Air – late 2008 and newer

        •    iMac – models from mid 2007 and newer

        •    MacBook – 13″ aluminum from 2008, 13″ from 2009 and newer

        •    Mac Mini – early 2009 and newer

        •    Mac Pro – early 2008 models and newer

        •    XServe – early 2009 models and newer

    Macs that are NOT expected to support OS X Mountain Lion

    Older Macs and those with weaker GPU’s will likely be left behind:

        •    Anything with an Intel GMA 950 or x3100 integrated graphics card

        •    Anything with an ATI Radeon X1600

        •    MacBook models released prior to 2008

        •    Mac Mini released prior to 2007

        •    iMac models released prior to 2007

        •    Original MacBook Air

    This list of compatible and incompatible Macs and system requirements are based off of the first OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview and may be subject to change, we will update when we learn more about the specifics. OS X Mountain Lion will be released this summer but presumably long before that we will know precise system requirements and what Macs are and are not supported by the new version of OS X. Stay tuned.

    http://osxdaily.com/2012/02/16/os-x-10-8-mountain-lion-system-requirements/

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS_X_Mountain_Lion

     

    Your Mac must be one of the following models, according to the Cupertino giant: 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).

     

    At the Apple Icon at top left>About this Mac.

     

    Then click on More Info>Hardware and report this upto but not including the Serial#...

     

    Hardware Overview:

     

    Model Name: iMac

    Model Identifier: iMac7,1

    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo

    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz

    Number Of Processors: 1

    Total Number Of Cores: 2

    L2 Cache: 4 MB

    Memory: 6 GB

    Bus Speed: 800 MHz

    Boot ROM Version: IM71.007A.B03

    SMC Version (system): 1.21f4

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,835 points)
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    Jan 11, 2013 4:55 AM (in response to KillrPhoenix)

    Not if you Mac is capable of running Mt. Lion.  It appears that your is not.

     

    Ciao.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Jan 11, 2013 11:37 AM (in response to KillrPhoenix)

    As mentioned, you cannot install 10.8 on your Mac.

  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,835 points)
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    Jan 11, 2013 1:39 PM (in response to KillrPhoenix)

    What is the model number of your MBP?

     

    Here are the Apple Mt Lion specifications:

     

    http://www.apple.com/osx/specs/

     

    Ciao.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Jan 11, 2013 6:12 PM (in response to KillrPhoenix)

    OOPs, I misread something, sorry.

     

    Macs that will support OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

    As usual, the newer the Mac the better:

        •    MacBook Pro – 13″ from mid 2009 or later, 15″ from late 2007 and newer, 17″ from late 2007 and newer

        •    MacBook Air – late 2008 and newer

        •    iMac – models from mid 2007 and newer

        •    MacBook – 13″ aluminum from 2008, 13″ from 2009 and newer

        •    Mac Mini – early 2009 and newer

        •    Mac Pro – early 2008 models and newer

        •    XServe – early 2009 models and newer

    Macs that are NOT expected to support OS X Mountain Lion

    Older Macs and those with weaker GPU’s will likely be left behind:

        •    Anything with an Intel GMA 950 or x3100 integrated graphics card

        •    Anything with an ATI Radeon X1600

        •    MacBook models released prior to 2008

        •    Mac Mini released prior to 2007

        •    iMac models released prior to 2007

        •    Original MacBook Air

    This list of compatible and incompatible Macs and system requirements are based off of the first OS X Mountain Lion Developer Preview and may be subject to change, we will update when we learn more about the specifics. OS X Mountain Lion will be released this summer but presumably long before that we will know precise system requirements and what Macs are and are not supported by the new version of OS X. Stay tuned.

    http://osxdaily.com/2012/02/16/os-x-10-8-mountain-lion-system-requirements/

     

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OS_X_Mountain_Lion

     

    Your Mac must be one of the following models, according to the Cupertino giant: 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).

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Jan 12, 2013 11:39 AM (in response to KillrPhoenix)

    What exact model# is it?

     

    At the Apple Icon at top left>About this Mac.

     

    Then click on More Info>Hardware and report this upto but not including the Serial#...

     

    Hardware Overview:

     

    Model Name: iMac

    Model Identifier: iMac7,1

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,825 points)
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    Jan 13, 2013 6:31 PM (in response to KillrPhoenix)
    X 10.4.8 (8N1108)X 10.7.5*

    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook/specs/macbook-core-2-duo-1.83-13-s pecs.html

     

    If you do want 10.7x, you have to cxall Apple to purchase a special download.

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