5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 23, 2012 2:33 PM by Limnos
cctrio Level 1 Level 1



My hard drive crashed and now I need to reinstalled everything but I'd like to know what would be the latest system version ?


I have two mac book pro I want to upgrade: the one that crashed is a 12" from 2004 I believe.

and a 17" from 2006, this one runs on Mac OSX 10.4.11 which I believe is the latest I can use on this one.


Thanks in advance for answering.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
Reply by Niel on Apr 23, 2012 9:50 AM Helpful

The maximum OS for a Core Solo or Core Duo Mac is 10.6.8. The maximum OS for other Intel Macs is 10.7.3 at this time.



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  • Niel Level 10 Level 10

    The maximum OS for a Core Solo or Core Duo Mac is 10.6.8. The maximum OS for other Intel Macs is 10.7.3 at this time.



  • cctrio Level 1 Level 1


    Thanks, my memory is wrong than, since I thought I tried to install (a while ago) a newer version and it said that I couldn't, espcially on the small 12" mac book pro .

    I'll re-try again...

  • Limnos Level 9 Level 9

    Check the everymac.com web site for your model specifications. Things you say such as a Macbook Pro from 2004 are not consistent with model releases by Apple and what you can do strongly depends upon your model specifications.


    Mac OS X: System requirements for the current version - http://www.apple.com/macosx/specs.html


    Leopard 10.5 Technical Requirements - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3759


    Snow Leopard 10.6 Technical Requirements - http://support.apple.com/kb/SP575 - note by K Shaffer - http://discussions.apple.com/message/12921514 : "Some early Intel-based Macs can't use Snow Leopard 10.6 installers; of those, the Core Duo (not 2 duo) were suspect and had issues." - and a qualifier by "a brody" http://discussions.apple.com/message/13028822 : "I think that refers to the ones without at least 1 GB of RAM."

  • cctrio Level 1 Level 1


    I made a mistake, you,re right. The 12" is a powerbook (titanium).

    so looking at the link you send me (thank you for that), I am not sure I understand.

    I have now 10.5 installed.

    if I look t this link: http://www.everymac.com/systems/by_capability/maximum-macos-supported.html


    It seems to be the maximum version for this one.


    BUT for the other one: it is a

    MacBook Pro 15" (not 17" sorry this is the third one!)

      Model Identifier:          MacBookPro1,1

      Processor Name:          Intel Core Duo

      Processor Speed:          2 GHz


    So there is a LONGGGGG list but I am not sure what to look for exactly!

    thanks in advance.

  • Limnos Level 9 Level 9

    Any PPC Mac such as your 12" can only go to 10.5 maximum.


    Get more information about your computer, go to the Apple in the upper left corner of any window, then "About This Mac", then "More Info..."  Copy and paste the information here, but omit the serial number and Hardware UUID (if present).  Also compare the information you get this way with the requirements for each system version I posted earlier.


    If the MacBook Pro you have truly is only a CoreDuo then it can go to 10.6 but not higher.