4782 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 26, 2009 1:02 PM by Texas Mac Man
What is the highest OS upgrade I can safely run on this machine?
Mac OS X 10.5, but if the computer's clock speed is less than 867MHz, it can't be installed in the normal way.
What do I need to do to upgrade to atleast OS X 10.4?
Install more RAM. It should have at least 512MB installed before installing 10.4 or 10.5.
Other than a memory upgrade, what improvements do you suggest to upgrade to the 10.4 OS?
It needs to have at least 10GB free on the hard disk. In addition, click here and see if any of your software needs to be updated. Besides those, none.
Tiger install DVDs are in short supply. Tiger is no longer available at the Apple Store *but may be available for $129 by calling Apple Phone Sales @ 1-800-MY-APPLE (1-800-692-7753)*. For other sources, do a Google search for MA453Z/A (10.4.6), MA190Z/A (10.4.3) and M9639Z/A (10.4) . Also look on eBay. Be sure & buy a retail version (black with silver X) and not a model specific version (gray) (See Can I use another Mac's system restore disc on my Mac? ). Expect to pay (possibly a lot) more than the Apple list price of $129.
Also check these web stores: http://www.lacomputercompany.com/cgi-bin/rpcart/index.cgi?command=dispitem&type= sku&sku=19521 http://www.allmac.com/shop/index.php?cPath=5_10003
After you install the base 10.4.x, update to the final Tiger version 10.4.11. Here's the link for the 10.4.11 combo update http://support.apple.com/kb/TA24901?viewlocale=en_US
Look at this link Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger Installing Software Support Page
You can also download the Tiger Installation and Setup Guide
When you upgrade the OS, do it via Archive & Install. See About the Archive and Install feature http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1710
Be sure to select Preserve Users & Settings. Also, repair permissions before and after the install.