4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 3, 2011 6:15 AM by a brody
lwheels Level 1 (0 points)

I just bought a new printer that only has drivers for MAC OS 10.5 and above.  My MacBook Pro is currently using MAC OS X 10.4.11.  Can I upgrade to 10.5 or 10.6 from 10.4.11 and if so, how?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,276 points)

    Hello, yes you can, assuming it meets these requirements, the $29 Snow Leopard/10.6 the cheapest...


    Leopard requirements/10.5.x...


        *  Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor


    minimum system requirements


        * 512MB of memory (I say 1.5GB for PPC at least, 2-3GB minimum for IntelMacs)

        * DVD drive for installation

        * 9GB of available disk space (I say 30GB at least)


    You have to call Apple & likely ask for a Product Specialist to get it, if they still have it!


    Snow Leopard/10.6.x Requirements...


    General requirements

       * Mac computer with an Intel processor

        * 1GB of memory (I say 2GB at least)

        * 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?...




    It looks like they might still have it...



    If it's a core Duo & not a Core2Duo, then it'll only run in 32 bit mode.

  • lwheels Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks so much.  I just talked to an Apple rep who said that I had to upgrade to Leopard first for $129, but at least that gets me the solution.  Only then could I upgrade to Snow Leopard for an additional $29. 


    Thanks for the quick response!

  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,276 points)

    OK, great to hear.


    I just talked to an Apple rep who said that I had to upgrade to Leopard first for $129

    That's what they're supposed to say.

  • a brody Level 9 (65,753 points)

    Actually you can upgrade to Leopard first, but it is NOT essential to upgrading to Snow Leopard.  You can skip Leopard entirely, unless you want to run something that is only Leopard compatible for awhile until you are up to speed for Snow Leopard or Lion.