3 Replies Latest reply: Apr 27, 2013 8:07 PM by Kappy
buzybee10 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am a non computer Mac user who've had my macbook pro for a few years. I have never upgraded from the 10.5 system and in talking with others on why my system is running so slow and crashes often when using safari it became apparent that I needed to upgrade. I just don't know how to do this. Other problem is that I live in Japan at this time and most stores who have English speaking techs do not really understand what I'm asking when I pose a question so I need to be able to do as much as possible on my own.

 

Thanks for any help.

  • 2. Re: how to upgrade from max osx 10.5
    AnaMusic Level 9 Level 9 (57,005 points)

    The first step in Upgrading... is to Snow Leopard = OS X 10.6.x

     

    It is Not available as a download... It is a Paid Upgrade.

     

    Do this first...

     

    Check that your Mac meets the System Requirements for Snow Leopard...

     

    Snow Leopard Tech Specs

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/SP575

     

    If so... Purchase a Snow Leopard Install Disc...

     

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573Z/A/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard

     

     

    Other countries...

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HE57

     

     

    After the Successful Install, run Software Update to get the latest updates for Snow Leopard.

     

    Be sure to make a Backup of your Current System Before Upgrading...

     

     

    You should also consider more RAM... Get the Maximum you can for your Mac...

     

    It is important to get the Correct and Matching RAM

     

    See Here  >  OWC RAM  >  http://www.macsales.com

     

    The above site also has videos on how to Install RAM should you need it...


  • 3. Re: how to upgrade from max osx 10.5
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,775 points)

    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 can 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 iCloud services; 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.