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Apr 27, 2013 2:48 PM

Okay so I'm running 10.5.8 on a 2009 MBP. I also run Firefox and it did its automatic update and I've been informed that my OS is no longer supported. It's recommendation? To buy a new Mac. Now spending £1000 on a new laptop is currently not an option. I've looked at other browsers. Chrome doesn't support 10.5.8 and to be honest I don't want to use Safari (I haven't checked if that supports my OS).



So now I have to have think. Is it genuinely dangerous to continue running the latest Firefox (or Chrome)? Are there browsers that DO support my OS? Is my MBP suitable for being upgraded? And, if I can, seeing as I bought an iMac only 12 months ago with a nice new shiny OS, am I entitled to upgrade without spending more money? That would seem to be logical although I'm betting Apple don't allow it...



Thanks in advance.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,260 points)
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    Apr 27, 2013 2:52 PM (in response to Gary_816)

    iCab supports Mac OS X 10.5.8; if you want to upgrade the computer's OS, click here and buy Mac OS X 10.6 on DVD.



  • Bell233 Level 3 Level 3 (625 points)
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    Apr 27, 2013 3:18 PM (in response to Gary_816)

    You could just upgrade your OS X to something newer.



    You can still purchase Snow Leopard, and the last I heard, it's only $20, but could still be the original $30. Even so, that's not purchasing a new Mac, just a few quid to get your system updated, and you can then use that updated FireFox again

    You have to call Apple sales direct, and talk to a sales agent to get it.



    Update Snow Leopard to latest with Software Update, and you will then be able to purchase and upgrade to the current Mountain Lion, if you want to do that.

  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,445 points)
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    Apr 28, 2013 5:48 AM (in response to Gary_816)



    Safari supports 10.5 at the moment but what is happening is common in the trade.


    As browsers are upgraded, they need to work with the latest versions ... and those are not always compatible.


    If you upgrade to 10.6 you will have one of the best OS's around ... but that has a limited shelf life too.   While it is supported by F.F, how long for is anyone's guess.

    I think your MacBook pro with comfortably live with 10.6 and assuming it is an intel machine, should be suitable to go as far as Mountain Lion.


    Incidentally, the general rule is ... Upgrades are paid for and updates are free.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,670 points)
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    Apr 28, 2013 10:09 AM (in response to Gary_816)

    As far as Browsers go, I;d try the PPC G4 version of TenFourFox is the most up to date browser for  PPCs, they even have G4 & G5 optimized versions...



    Should run on Intel upto 10.6.8 in emulation.

  • Bell233 Level 3 Level 3 (625 points)
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    Apr 28, 2013 12:59 PM (in response to Gary_816)

    Sure, you can do that.

    If your iMac is a year old, it came with Lion.

    Upgrade to Mountain Lion on your newer Mac.

    Make an installer partition on an external hard drive, or save the Mountain Lion install to a USB flash drive (8GB, super cheap these days)

    You can upgrade any system that meets the requirements, and that you own with that same install for Mountain Lion.

    Problem is - you can't upgrade the Leopard system directly to Mountain Lion, so you would need to also purchase Snow Leopard first.

    OR, you can backup your files on the Leopard system. Do an erase and install of Mountain Lion on that older Mac, then restore your old files from the backup. Easy Peasy!

    And, if you already own Mountain Lion, that makes it even better!

  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6 (8,445 points)
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    Apr 28, 2013 2:35 PM (in response to Gary_816)

    Via App Store, there are no discs.   Mountain Lion is a download.

  • Bell233 Level 3 Level 3 (625 points)
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    Apr 28, 2013 2:56 PM (in response to Gary_816)

    If you have upgraded to Mountain Lion, then all you need to do is download it through your App Store.

    There is no extra charge to do this download, if you have already purchased Mountain Lion.

    DON'T continue with the install.

    DO download and run a utility that will easily help you make a drive, like a USB flash drive, into an OS X installer, that you can use on any compatible Mac: LionDiskmaker is really good, and easy to use. I would NOT suggest burning an OS X installer DVD. The utility can do that, but a hard drive partition or USB flash is MUCH better.


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