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HT1338 refurbished Mac OsX 10.5.8

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I recently bought a refurbished Mac 10.5.8 and I'm trying to download Icloud but ti's telling me I need OSX 10.6 or later. I have tried to do a software update but there's no software available to update, so how do I get 10.6 software? I halve also found that I can't use Adobe Reader and I can't link this computer to my printer....any help would be appreciated. Do I have to take it to an Apple store for updates? I am usually a PC user, new to Apple.

Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,445 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 8:54 PM (in response to margio1224)

    Click here, review the system requirements, and buy it on DVD.

     

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  • ComputerFixer Level 3 Level 3 (720 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 8:54 PM (in response to margio1224)

    You have to buy a copy of OS X Snow Leopard. 

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,005 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 8:55 PM (in response to margio1224)

    Upgrade Paths to Snow Leopard, Lion, and/or Mountain Lion

     

    You can upgrade to Mountain Lion from Lion or directly from Snow Leopard. Mountain Lion can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $19.99. To access the App Store you must have Snow Leopard 10.6.6 or later installed.

     

    Upgrading to Snow Leopard

     

    You must purchase Snow Leopard through the Apple Store: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Apple Store (U.S.). The price is $19.99 plus tax. You will be sent physical media by mail after placing your order.

     

    After you install Snow Leopard you will have to download and install the Mac OS X 10.6.8 Update Combo v1.1 to update Snow Leopard to 10.6.8 and give you access to the App Store. Access to the App Store enables you to download Mountain Lion if your computer meets the requirements.

     

         Snow Leopard General Requirements

     

           1. Mac computer with an Intel processor

           2. 1GB of memory

           3. 5GB of available disk space

           4. DVD drive for installation

           5. Some features require a compatible Internet service provider;

               fees may apply.

           6. Some features require Apple’s MobileMe service; fees and

               terms apply.

     

    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.

     

    Upgrading to Mountain Lion

     

    To upgrade to Mountain Lion you must have Snow Leopard 10.6.8 or Lion installed. Purchase and download Mountain Lion from the App Store. Sign in using your Apple ID. Mountain Lion is $19.99 plus tax. The file is quite large, over 4 GBs, so allow some time to download. It would be preferable to use Ethernet because it is nearly four times faster than wireless.

     

         OS X Mountain Lion - System Requirements

     

           Macs that can be upgraded to OS X Mountain Lion

     

             1. iMac (Mid 2007 or newer) - Model Identifier 7,1 or later

             2. MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer) - Model Identifier 5,1 or later

             3. MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer) - Model Identifier 3,1 or later

             4. MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer) - Model Identifier 2,1 or later

             5. Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer) - Model Identifier 3,1 or later

             6. Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer) - Model Identifier 3,1 or later

             7. Xserve (Early 2009) - Model Identifier 3,1 or later

     

    To find the model identifier open System Profiler in the Utilities folder. It's displayed in the panel on the right.

         Are my applications compatible?

     

             See App Compatibility Table - RoaringApps.

     

         For a complete How-To introduction from Apple see Upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion.

     

    It would have been helpful to tell us exactly which Mac model you have. You will find that information by opening System Profiler in the Utilities folder. Report the model identifier displayed in the panel on the right.

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,445 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 9:21 PM (in response to margio1224)

    1. Mountain Lion is an upgrade to Snow Leopard.

    2. You need to buy Snow Leopard on DVD before you can install Mountain Lion.

     

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  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 9:22 PM (in response to margio1224)

    You are running Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard). To upgrade to OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), you have to install Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) first > http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard Make a backup of your files before upgrading.

     

    To upgrade, just insert the Snow Leopard DVD and follow the steps of the Snow Leopard installer. It will install Mac OS X 10.6.3, so open  > Software Update to install the most recent version, Mac OS X 10.6.8.

     

    With this update, the App Store will appear on the Dock, so open it and purchase OS X Mountain Lion. Check if your applications are supported > http://www.roaringapps.com

     

    If you want to see the OS X Mountain Lion features, see > http://www.apple.com/osx

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