HT1444: Software update, upgrade--what's the difference?Learn about Software update, upgrade--what's the difference?
Yes, I know it has to be purchased. The "unknown error" message appears every time I try to sign into the app store to buy the upgrade (mainly because I need to buy pages for my computer, which it won't allow unless I have Mountain Lion).
I read through the compatibility information and don't see anything that should be causing the problem. I have a Macbook Air late 2010 currently running on 10.6.8 with a 4 GB hard drive. How much free memory do I need for a software upgrade to work?
This is probably a stupid question — I've backed up some things to an external hard drive (I'm traveling overseas right now) ... do I need to manually transport everything on my computer over onto the external hard drive before (if) I can get this upgrade to work?
Not sure if it matters, but I don't have any problems signing into iTunes and buying things there. My Apple ID is obviously working.
Are you sure it is a 4 GB hard drive? Or do you have 4 GB of RAM? Those are totally different things. Once is chip memory, the other is platter memory. The RAM in Apple menu -> About this Mac is chip memory. The Macintosh HD when you open it tells you in the status bar of the window how much hard drive space remains.
If you have just 4 GB of hard disk space left, that's your problem. You need to free up at least 15% of your hard drive and ideally 8 GB of hard drive space on top of that. If you hit the command key when selecting the Macintosh HD title, and then use the menu to select "name's Computer" (your name you registered the computer will be in the name) that will let you get the info on the hard drive. Go then to View menu -> View Options, and check off, show item info. This will give you your actual hard drive size and how much space is free.
Yeah I was looking at the chip memory. I checked the hard disk space and only have 14% open. I'll do some transferring/cleaning up and will try the download again in the morning when there's more memory available. Thank you so much for your help!