4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 27, 2013 4:45 PM by Old Toad
Horsingaround Level 1 (0 points)

Can anyone tell me what I need to do to download Mountain Lion. I bought Snow Leopard and installed it upgrading  from 10.5 to 10.6.8 but for some reason when I try to purchase Mountain Lion it says it's not compatible with my Mac. Help!

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • mende1 Level 10 (92,186 points)

    OS X Mountain Lion requires a Late 2008 Aluminum or Early 2009 or newer MacBook. Unfortunately, your Mac isn't compatible with Mountain Lion > http://www.apple.com/osx/specs


    See if you can upgrade to OS X Lion > http://support.apple.cpm/kb/HT4949

  • Niel Level 10 (298,586 points)

    Your computer's hardware appears to be incapable of running Mountain Lion. To tell for certain, choose About this Mac from the Apple menu, click on More Info, and check the model identifier against the following:










    A computer incapable of running Mountain Lion which has a Core 2 Duo(not Core Duo) or better CPU and at least 2GB of RAM can run Lion 10.7, which is available by phoning the online Apple Store and ordering a download code for it.



  • Horsingaround Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the help. You were right my hardware is not compatible with Mountain Lion. I called the Apple Store and ordered Lion. I hope it works!

  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,413 points)

    System requirements for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6

    Learn the system requirements for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6.

    System requirements for OS X Lion and Mac OS X v10.6


    OS X Lion system requirements

    To use Lion, make sure your computer has the following:

    • An Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor
    • Mac OS X v10.6.6 or later to install via the Mac App Store (v10.6.8 recommended); you can install without Mac OS X v10.6 by using an OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive, available on the Apple Online Store
    • 7 GB of available disk space
    • 2 GB of RAM