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johninparis64 Level 1 Level 1

Hello. I have a Mas OSX ver 10.5.8  ( a 3,06 Ghz intel Core 2 duo).

Which version is this (leopard, snow leopard, zebra lol, etc.... ?)

Can I or am i eligible to upgrade to the new OSX 10.8 (which i assume is Mountain lion)? 

And I assume that I purchase it from the Apple store?

Thanks. john

imac, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 Level 8

    10.5 is Leopard.  If you want to upgrade, you will have to purchase a Snow leopard disk (10.6) from the Apple online store:



    This is a requisite for Mt. Lion.  If your MBP meets these requirements then you may purchase Mt. Lion from the App Store:




  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6

    Not heard of Zebra ... sounds fun


    To help us answer go to Apple menu (Top left corner) > about this Mac > click on more info > then paste the top eight lines in hardware overview back to this thread. If you are able to upgrade we will tell you and you can buy from your on line apple store.

  • johninparis64 Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks for info :

    here are the eight lines -


    Model Name:          iMac

      Model Identifier:          iMac8,1

      Processor Name:          Intel Core 2 Duo

      Processor Speed:          3.06 GHz

      Number Of Processors:          1

      Total Number Of Cores:          2

      L2 Cache:          6 MB

      Memory:          4 GB


    i was making a joke about Zebra.

    Just too many "animal" versions - and i have no idea/clue as to which one is mine


    I wait for your reply. Again  Thx

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    You are running Leopard!


    Start by checking if you can run Snow Leopard:


    Requirements for OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard'



    The OS 10.6 Snow Leopard install DVD is available for $19.99 from the Apple Store:



    and in the UK:



    but nobody knows for how long it will be available.


    When you have installed it, run Software Update to download and install the latest updates for Snow Leopard.


    You should now see the App Store icon, and you now need to set up your account:



    To use iCloud you have to upgrade at least to Lion, but some functions are only available in Mountain Lion:



    You can also purchase the code to use to download Lion (Lion requires an Intel-based Mac with a Core 2 Duo, i3, i5, i7 or Xeon processor and 2GB of RAM, running the latest version of Snow Leopard), or you can purchase Mountain Lion from the App Store - if you can run that:


  • johninparis64 Level 1 Level 1


    Just to be clear (for me - cause i suck at all and most technologial stuff)

    FIRST - I update to 10.6

    ? is this a free update?

    Then SECOND - Update to 10.8

    (i know this is to be purchased)


    can i skip the 10.6 version and go straight to the 10.8?


  • OGELTHORPE Level 8 Level 8

    The Snow Leopard is NOT a free update.  It costs $19,99.  Please look at the link.


    If you want to install MT. Lion you need to have installed Snow Leopard and updated it to 10.6.8.  It is a requirement for Mt. Lion.



  • seventy one Level 6 Level 6

    Sorry I was so slow, I see Klaus1 has beaten me to it.   Can't even stop for lunch!


    But all you need is in that post, it's pretty straight forward.

  • johninparis64 Level 1 Level 1

    T H A N K S EVERYONE ! ! ! !

    this is great !

    (kent - no worries - hope you had a good lunch! )

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    Didn't you get the memo?


    Lunch is for wimps!

  • johninparis64 Level 1 Level 1


    again thanks for your support !

  • avrilleke Level 1 Level 1
    Mac OS X

    Hey John,


    2 steps indeed. they are 2 separate upgrades.


    In order to upgrade your machine, you might like to do some preparation first.

    In this lifehacker article is a detailed explanation how to upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard (Step 1)


    After upgrading to SL, update the new  system with 'Software Update'.

    I recommend you disable the scheduled check temporarily and check manually until all software is updated.


    Then check out your upgraded and updated  (10.6.8)  system. 

    Use it and see what has changed/improved for a couple of days/weeks before proceeding with..


    Step 2: The upgrade to Mountain Lion (10.8.2). Get it from the App Store and follow instructions.



  • johninparis64 Level 1 Level 1

    hello klaus1 - you were very helpful with my previous question - so i have another for you -

    I have just installed MtLion and now i am unable to open my Adobe CS because the new OS MtLion days that those applications are "no longer supported - because they are PowerPC applications". I also have the same message for my MicroSoft Word/Excell/Powerpoint programs.  I tried to re-install the programs, but even when trying to launch the CD - it gives me the same message ! This is very fustrating ! ! !  And i need this for my work !

    Can someone please tell me the safe way to revert back to SnowLeopard.

    Or is there a way around this (other than re-purchasing the Adobe CS/MicroSoft apps.


    i could use your advice again... unless you are out to lunch !  LOL !

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8

    Lunch? It's 18.40 hrs here!


    You will have to upgrade the applications. Whilst they could run in Snow Leopard under Rosetta, that is not possible in later versions of OS X.

  • johninparis64 Level 1 Level 1

    hi klaus- thanks for the info - but i am no mac wizard - and through no fault of no one else and my own stupidity - i have LOST EVERYTHING (repeat 20times) on my mac. I tried to back up some things - but still lost a MASSIVE part of my life. I cried alot last night.

    Anyway ... i am in the process of rebulding my mac - so here is my question now -

    how can i recouperate the music that is on my ipod and transfer to my newly reformatted mac?

    and before i do something else that is stupid - do you know if OS Maverick will be able to support the Adobe CS and Microsoft apps?

    thx again

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