1. Probably not, as nstall disks are machine specific.
Start by checking if you can run Snow Leopard:
Requirements for OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard'
The OS 10.6 Snow Leopard install DVD is available for $19.99 from the Apple Store:
and in the UK:
but nobody knows for how long it will be available.
When you have installed it, run Software Update to download and install the latest updates for Snow Leopard.
You should now see the App Store icon, and you now need to set up your account:
To use iCloud you have to upgrade at least to Lion, but some functions are only available in Mountain Lion:
You can also purchase the code to use to download Lion (Lion requires an Intel-based Mac with a Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon processor and 2GB of RAM, running the latest version of Snow Leopard), or you can purchase Mountain Lion from the App Store - if you can run that:
- I have a Snow Leopard disc that I installed on my iMac years ago, can i use that again for this laptop?
If you upgraded the iMac from 10.5 to 10.6, then that white retail disk will work on the 2006 era MacBook Pro.
Not if it's black or gray. If you need a 10.6 white retail disk, call Apple or search Amazon etc.
If the machine is around 2010, then use the serial number and call Apple as the 10.6 white disk is 10.6.3 actually and you might need a 10.6.3-10,.67 machine specific verison.
- Will this model laptop run Snow Leopard OK?? what about Lion , Mt Lion?
2006 machine is 7 years old and is about to die as it's way outside it's typical lifespan, I wouldn't advise OS X anything past 10.6.8 for performance and cost reasons.
107/10.8 is too much for it, in CPU and graphics needs. Use 10.6.8 on it for as long as you can and be happy you didn't need to spend any more money on a nearly dead machine.
10.6 allows you to run PPC based software using Rosetta which was removed in 10.7 and later, a lot of 10.6 software is free to use on MacUpdate.com
LibreOffice, Audacity, VLC, VirtualBox and Firefox is also free
Save 10.8 for a new machine that will last and when your ready to pay for all your software, the machine you have is about to die soon.