Also tell us which iMac variant you have and what Mac OS version it runs, or we're likely to recommend something that won't run on your computer.
Please do "About the Mac" from your Apple menu. Looks something like this:
Now let us know what that window says about your "Processor" and Mac OSX version. We can give more useful recommendations from that
BTW: this forum area is for iMacs made before 2006. If yours is newer, we need to get you moved to another forum.
You can post the same question as many times as you want but unless you provide some hint as to what task you want to accomplish you will continue to get the same answers.
What is it you want to do with your Mac?
John Galt wrote:
What software do you need?
well it depends on what you want to do with it.
My Mac is running slow ...
OK thanks. If you have a PowerPC Mac then you may have noticed that webpages are loading slowly. Is your slowness limited to that, or is everything becoming uniformly slow?
Whatever the cause, do not succumb to downloading anything claiming to "speed up" or "clean" or "optimize" or otherwise perform some magical feats that will cure your Mac of all ills. Without exception, they will do the opposite. This holds true for PowerPC Macs as well as Intel Macs.
...I am trying to upgrade from 10.5.8 but the leopard and Lion are not compatible with my computer, I must need the version before leopard.
OS 10.5.8 is Leopard.
OX 10.6 is Snow Leopard, 10.7 is Lion, and 10.8. is Mountain Lion. None of those three versions can be installed on the pre-2006 this forum covers, and it sounds like, if you've already found that anything higher won't install, you do have the older iMac. That's why I asked for your "About this Mac" information. That will positively tell us if you are stuck at 10.5.8.
If it turns out you have a newer iMac with the processor type listed as "Intel," all Intel iMacs can run 10.6, and 10.7 and 10.8 depending on some additional info we'll need.
For now, please confirm your processor type for us via "About this Mac" under your Apple menu (left end of the menubar).
You're in good shape with an Intel Core 2 Duo. I thought you had a PowerPC Mac because this is the forum for it. Glad that's sorted out.
You can upgrade to Snow Leopard and perhaps even Lion.
To upgrade from OS X 10.5.8, you must first buy Snow Leopard by calling the phone number in the Apple Online Store: 800-MY-APPLE (in the US). Snow Leopard costs $20, or $30 for a five user license. Do not obtain Snow Leopard from any source other than Apple.
Make sure your system meets Snow Leopard's requirements. Here they are for your review. The most important one in your case is memory - get all you can.
To install Snow Leopard for the first time, you must have a Mac with:
- An Intel processor
- An internal or external DVD drive, or DVD or CD Sharing
- At least 1 GB of memory (RAM) (additional RAM is recommended)
- A built-in display or a display connected to an Apple-supplied video card supported by your computer
- At least 5 GB of disk space available, or 7 GB of disk space if you install the developer tools
Mac OS X 10.7 "Lion" System Requirements
- Mac with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon CPU
Core Duo CPUs are not sufficient for Lion
- 2GB of memory (RAM)
- OS X v10.6.6 or later (v10.6.8 recommended)
To purchase Lion you must call Apple again to order a download code. Redeem the download code in the App Store to download Lion.