8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 24, 2013 11:26 AM by OGELTHORPE
stasiv Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have 10.4.11, 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo, 512 MB 667 MHz RAM. Can I upgrade to Leopard or Lion, so that I can download current iTunes, etc.? Or is my Mac hardware too old and not upgradable?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo, 512 MB 667
  • 1. Re: Is my Mac too old?
    Niel Level 10 Level 10 (242,125 points)

    Your computer can be upgraded to 1GB or 2GB of RAM and then to Mac OS X 10.6.8, but not to an OS beyond that. Mac OS X 10.6.8 is new enough to run the current iTunes version.

     

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  • 2. Re: Is my Mac too old?
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,480 points)

    Snow Leopard/10.6.x Requirements...

     

    General requirements

       * Mac computer with an Intel processor

        * 1GB of memory (I say 4GB at least, more if you can afford it)

        * 5GB of available disk space (I say 30GB at least)

        * DVD drive for installation

        * Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.

        * Some features require Apple’s MobileMe service; fees and terms apply.

     

    Which apps work with Mac OS X 10.6?...

     

    http://snowleopard.wikidot.com/

     

    Call Apple Sales...in the US: 1-800-MY-APPLE. Or Support... 1-800-275-2273

     

    Other countries...

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

  • 3. Re: Is my Mac too old?
    LBOCEAN Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I would like to ask the same question, but of my iMAC 24" (MA878LL) 'All Stock'.

    Current: OSX V10.4.10 Tiger

     

    I would like to max it out so that I can run the current version of Final Cut Pro.

     

     

    - Can I go beyond the 4GB Limit for Memory?

     

    - Can the stock Radeon HD 2600 Pro Graphics Card Memory go beyond 256mb?

     

    - What's the max HD I can install?

     

    Thx, DH

  • 4. Re: Is my Mac too old?
    OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (25,815 points)

    LBOCEAN, greetings;

     

    According to Mactraker, a model with an order number of MA878LL can actually support 6GB RAM.

     

    I do not believe that one can alter the graphics.

     

    The capacity of the HDD is not a factor or 'show stopper'.  It must have the correct form factor so that it physically fits in the iMac.

     

    Ciao.

  • 5. Re: Is my Mac too old?
    LBOCEAN Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks.

     

    According to FCP 256 on the graphics board is fine, but 512 is recommended.

     

    I'm also wondering how much it costs to upgrade from my current os to 10.6.8 (which I beleive is the highest my model can go?)

     

     

    I'm essentially estimating the overall investment into my current unit, as apposed to purchasing a newer (used) unit that has what I need to run FCP suffeciantly.

  • 6. Re: Is my Mac too old?
    OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (25,815 points)

    This is what you need for Snow Leoprad.  $19.99 will do it:

     

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard

     

    Ciao.

  • 7. Re: Is my Mac too old?
    LBOCEAN Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Excellent.  Thanks again for the help.

     

    Looks like a minimal investment so far.

     

    $60 or so to bump the memory

    $20 for a software upgrade

     

    $?? to regen the hard drive once I locate the recovery disks.

     

    Then,

    $299 for Final Cut Pro

     

    Let me ask you this...  Would I be better off locating a used system that has alittle faster processor, has the 512mb on the video card and bump in memory, etc. ??

     

    *Side Note...  I have a pending swap offer for the current iMac vs an outdoor tv unit I have plus some cash coming my way.  Either way, cash is going out for the unit, I'm just wondering what would be better in the long run and if I'll benifit some from a little better unit?

  • 8. Re: Is my Mac too old?
    OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (25,815 points)

    I am not a Final Cut Pro user so I am not qualified to answer that.  Post that question in the Final Cut Pro forum where you should receive answers from experienced users.

     

    Ciao.