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hi, I am running an iMag G5 ver.10.4.11 and want to know how far I can upgrade it before I purchase a new camera.

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I am thinking of purchasing a new camera and before I do I was wanting to upgrade my iMac G5 running version 10.4.11 to as far as it will go. What is the last mac os I can upgrade to before an intel mac is required.

Thanks.

Ian

iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 2.1GHz + 1.5GB Ram
  • steve626 Level 4 Level 4 (1,395 points)

    You can go to 10.5.8, that is the latest operating system. Install disks for 10.5 can be purchased from various sellers online; you should make sure what you are buying are the install disks for your exact model of Mac, or generic (universal) install disks that can be used on any model.

  • MGW Level 7 Level 7 (26,940 points)

    A slight amendment to steve626's post.  Do not, under any circumstances buy anything other than the Black RETAIL discs, the grey machine specific ones will 100 times out of a 100 not work.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • MGW Level 7 Level 7 (26,940 points)

    Ian, if you are considering buying an intel iMac, let me suggest getting a core2duo, which will run all the latest software.  Be warned, however, that Rosetta based apps will not run on Lion, so perhaps getting a refurbished intel running Snow Leopard might be a good choice for you.

     

     

     

     

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  • MGW Level 7 Level 7 (26,940 points)

    Adobe CS5 won't work on your type of Mac, you need to get one with an intel processor.  All the new iMacs come with Lion, so try and get a used one, make sure you get the install discs with it.   Rosetta is a language many older apps werevw rotten in, they will work with Snow Keopard, but not Lion.

  • MGW Level 7 Level 7 (26,940 points)

    You will need iLife, which processes raw files in iPhoto.  It will have to be bought separately as iLife no longer comes with new Macs.

    You can also check the iPhoto forum on this site.

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    MGW wrote:

     

    You will need iLife, which processes raw files in iPhoto.  It will have to be bought separately as iLife no longer comes with new Macs.

    You can also check the iPhoto forum on this site.

     

    You can purchase iLife '08 which WILL run on your Tiger 10.4.11, so iLife '08 does not necessitate any need to upgrade OS or architecture.

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1010

     

    It's no longer available for retail, however you can find a copy on eBay here. Be very careful, I would recommend a new one in the shrinkwrap and only purchase from reputable sellers with 100% feedback.

    iBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 12"/1.07/1.25GB/Combo UV423xxxxxx
  • MGW Level 7 Level 7 (26,940 points)

    I really think that Ian would be better off with an intel and iLife 11.

  • steve626 Level 4 Level 4 (1,395 points)

    For Adobe CS5, you must have a Mac multicore Intel processor with OS 10.5.8 or 10.6 or 10.7.

     

    There is no reason to buy a used Mac with Snow Leopard (10.6) unless you have software that runs only in 10.6 but not in 10.7, or if you are on a very limited budget and can't afford a new Mac. For instance, some of the older MS-Office suites won't run in 10.7 (some of the older versions require the "Rosetta" capability others have been discussing here). You mentioned only internet browsing and Adobe CS5 as the software you require. If that is really it, then I thiink you are best off with a new Mac computer with 10.7. It will take longer for you to fall behind "the latest" this way and you will be able to install updates (for the Mac OS and Adobe software) for a good while into the future.

     

    It can be a little risky to by a used computer. It would be good to have someone run some hardware tests and check it over for you if you aren't too savvy about these things. If you check the cries for help on these forums, a lot of them start with "I got a used computer and now xxx doesn't work ..."  One of the hardest things to sense with a used computer purchase is an intermittant type hardware problem that you might not see until you use it for a while (long after the seller has disappeared).

     

    You can get a state of the art brand new iMac with the latest operating system for not much over $1100. It actually costs less than Adobe CS5. But I don't know your budget contraints.

     

    We have used Adobe CS with iMacs of various vintages (going back 6 years or so) as my daughter is a photographer who does intensive photo processing and editting, including use of RAW files. The iMac platform is a great one for this work, the newer ones have the computer power required.

  • MGW Level 7 Level 7 (26,940 points)

    You can use Office 2008 on any intel machine.  Check Activity Monitor to see how many of your apps are Rosetta and how many are Universal and will run on intel.

    iMac (27-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.7.2), 27"i5 10.7, C2D 21.5", 10.7,MBA 11"
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