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3610 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Aug 28, 2010 7:10 AM by Allan Eckert
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2010 6:39 AM (in response to bythecshore)You cannot download any major OS version like 10.5 or 10.6. These are paid upgrades, not updates. There is no such thing as "Snow Leopard 10.5.8" -- Leopard is 10.5.x & Snow Leopard is 10.6.x.
If you iMac meets the minimum system requirements for Snow Leopard, then you can buy a copy for $30 & have it shipped to you if you do not want to revisit the store.
EDIT: Many computer stores also sell Snow Leopard.2008 iMacs: 24"/3.06 GHz + 20"/2.66 GHz; White MacBook/2.4 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Kensington Trackball; Airport Extreme 802.11n; assorted iPods and older Macs
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2010 6:53 AM (in response to R C-R)Thanks - IMO they should let you pay & download... the technology exists, even if you have to burn a bootable disc.
Regarding availability at stores, I checked my local AT&T retail shop and they don't carry it. Any ideas on national chains that might?
I have the 2.4 GHz Intel core 2 duo iMac... would I need Leopard or Snow Leopard?
Message was edited by: bythecshoreiMac 2.46 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.8), iPhone 4, Dell laptop at work;
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2010 7:09 AM (in response to bythecshore)1. The main problem with downloading an OS installer is the difficulty of making sure it is un-compromised throughout the download & burn-to-disk process. Any problem in the computer that resulted in a flawed DVD could leave you with an inoperable computer when you tried to install it. The Snow Leopard installer is also difficult to duplicate: it is actually a hybrid disc with both Mac & Windows partitions, the former for installing Snow Leopard & the latter for installing Windows drivers for use with Boot Camp Assistant.
2. Most major computer retail store chains sell Snow Leopard. Try the third option at http://www.apple.com/buy/ to find one near you or do a search with Google or your favorite search engine.
3. The system requirements are listed at Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard - Apple Store (U.S.) & many other places. Basically, the only one that your iMac might not meet is 1 GB of working installed memory. To check, run System Profiler & click on the "Memory" item. As long as it shows at total of at least 1 GB for the installed modules & they each say "OK" in the last field, you should be fine.2008 iMacs: 24"/3.06 GHz + 20"/2.66 GHz; White MacBook/2.4 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Kensington Trackball; Airport Extreme 802.11n; assorted iPods and older Macs
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2010 7:10 AM (in response to bythecshore)Try Best Buy.
AllanMacBook Pro, PowerMac G5 Quad. iPhone, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 7800 GT, 6.5 GB RAM, 440 GB, Nikon N80, D70 and D300 Nikon Coolscan 5000ED
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2010 7:11 AM (in response to bythecshore)Yep, I hear you on downloads. Standard shipping is $4. 2-day shipping is $10. And Overnight is $16.MacBook Pro 15" 2.5GHz with 4Gbytes, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone, Time Capsule, AppleTV, Vonage, G-Technology G Drive
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2010 7:11 AM (in response to bythecshore)If you have a Best Buy in your area they may sell it, it's available to order from their web site. Another solution is it can be ordered from Apple's online store, Amazon and many other online stores.
I believe the reason it's not downloadable is the media can also be used to do some diagnostics. If it were downloadable running those diagnostics would be impossible.
RogeriMac and Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iPhone 3GS Airport Extreme Airport Express