The 10.6 Snow Leopard DVD is back in the Apple online store. You can get it for $19.99. You will need to be running 10.6.8 to access the App Store to order Lion or Mountain Lion. http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC573/mac-os-x-106-snow-leopard
System Requirements for 10.6:
- Mac computer with an Intel processor
- 1GB of memory
- 5GB of available disk space
- DVD drive for installation
- Some features require a compatible internet service provider: fees may apply.
You can upgrade direct from 10.6.8 to 10.8 Mountain Lion without going through 10.7 Lion as long as you have the Late 2008 model 5,1 Aluminum Unibody through the Mid 2010 White Unibody model 7,1.
To see which model you have go to the Apple in the upper left corner and select About This Mac, then click on More Info. When System Profiler comes up check the Model Identifier.
Mountain Lion will require at least 2gb of RAM but really needs 4gb to run smoothly.
As for third party programs see this list for compatibility with 10.7 and 10.8 http://roaringapps.com/apps:table
Also Mountain Lion doesn't run any Power PC programs. To see if you have any Power PC programs go to the Apple in the upper left corner and select About This Mac, then click on More Info. When System Profiler comes up select Applications under Software. Then look under Kind to see if any of your applications are listed as Power PC. Universal and Intel will run under Mountain Lion.
Before Mac switched to Intel processors in 2006 they used Power PC processors from 1994 to 2005. Power PC 601 through 604, G3, G4 and G5. Applications written for the Power PC processors need the application called Rosetta to run on Intel processors. This was part of the Operating System in 10.4 and 10.5 but was an optional install in 10.6. With 10.7 Lion Apple dropped all support for Power PC applications.
I use my MacBook for basic internet, emails, calendar, addresses but nothing fancy which requires much memory or space. I am very keen on extending iCloud to my MacBook. My specs are:
Model Name: MacBook
Model Identifier: MacBook5,1
Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
Processor Speed: 2 GHz
Max OS X (10.5.8)
2GB 1067MHz DDR3
Do I meet the system requirements, i.e.
- from 10.5.8 to 10.6.8 and to 10.8. or
- from 10.5.8 to 10.6 and to 10.7.?
Which one makes more sense, from 10.5.8 to 10.6.8 and to 10.8. or from 10.5.8 to 10.6 and to 10.7.? Or does it make sense at all?
Which one makes more sense, from 10.5.8 to 10.6.8 and to 10.8.? Or does it make sense at all?
Your macbook - which is a 2GHz Late 08 Unibody can run mountain lion. I own one - I do however, suggest you upgrade the RAM to at least 4GB for Mountain Lion to run smoothly. Don't even bother with Lion.
The RAM upgrade will cost you around $30 - $40 - depending where you shop - i do however, suggest you might as well go with 8GB of RAM which sells for around $50 - $60 so that you can run current apps with no issues and it's not an expensive upgrade.
The RAM you'll need is 1066MHz DDR3 204 PIN SODIMM - Do not buy generic RAM - Buy RAM that is Apple Certified or Tested - Corsair - Crucial - G. Skill - Patriot Mac Series - Mushkin are some good brands.
I found this w positive reviews:
The Size Name has no 8GB available for Apple but would it nevertheless work?
Have a look at these threads regarding Komputerbay RAM installed in their Macbooks.
Suggestion - don't even consider it.
Try these instead - they're Certified Apple Memory
This one is better - Crucial Brand and it's for your Macbook
I know they're only 4GB but it's a start
I am confused. My MacBook is 1067MHz DDR3. However, Bimmer recomends above to go for 1066MHz DDR3:
I am confused before the Amazon ad refers to both 1066MHz and 1067MHz. Even more confusing, Amazon does not mention that my Macbook is a compatible device.
I also found this one:
It is 8GB but the same problem again, my McBook is not included in the list of compatible devices.
My MacBook is 1067MHz DDR3.
The RAM actually runs at 1066 2/3 mhz. Some places drop the fraction and others round it up. They're still talking about the same RAM.
The main reason for putting in 8gb rather than 4gb is that RAM will only go up in price and you might as well put in the maximum now. If you wanted more RAM later you'd be stuck with the 4gb (2 X 2gb) and no way to use them. When RAM is first used it is quite expensive. As more machines are built to use it it comes way down in price. As newer faster RAM is made the price starts to go up again as less and less machines are around that use the older RAM.