1 Reply Latest reply: Oct 1, 2006 9:05 AM by ali brown
dare bear Level 1 (0 points)
Hello, I'm a new Mac user and am sort of stuck on some things. I need to update my os from 10.1.5 to at least 10.3. I have already read alittle from other users and relize that I will have to purchase an os update disc. Does anyone have any suggestions on where I can buy a new os for a low price? Thanks.

iBook G3   Mac OS X (10.1.x)   low budget
  • ali brown Level 7 (26,465 points)
    Welcome To  Discussions dare bear!

    As you know, Mac OS X Versions 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, and 10.4, are complete system upgrades that must be purchased.

    The point upgrades, such as 10.1.x to 10.1.5 (Final) 10.2.x to 10.2.8 (Final), 10.3.x to 10.3.9 (Final), and 10.4.x to 10.4.7 (Pending), can be downloaded for free.

    Tiger is available for purchase at The Apple Store (U.S.).

    Jaguar and Panther, are no longer available directly from the Apple Online Store, as Tiger 10.4.x is the most up to date OS.

    Jaguar Full Retail Version CDs, a Full Retail Version, of the Panther Install CDs, or a Full Retail Version of the Tiger Install DVD, can be purchased rather inexpensively, at some online Apple retailers, Amazon, eBay, AppleRescue, etc.

    Be sure not to purchase grey, upgrade or machine specific CDs or DVDs.
    Jaguar and Panther are only on CDs, not DVDs.
    More info here Tip: Using OS X Install CDs/DVDs On Multiple Macs

    Once Jaguar 10.2.x is installed, you can use the 10.2.8 combo update,

    or if Panther 10.3.x is installed, you can use the 10.3.9 Combo Update, to upgrade to the final version of either OS.

    If your Mac meets the System Requirements for Tiger, you could also consider installing that.
    And then use the 10.4.7 Combo Update.

    Jaguar System Requirements
    -Power Mac G3 or G4, iMac, eMac, PowerBook G3 or G4, or iBook computer
    -128MB of physical RAM
    -Supports all video cards shipped by Apple on Mac OS X-compatible systems. Quartz Extreme functionality is supported by the following video cards: NVIDIA GeForce2 MX, GeForce3, GeForce4 MX, or GeForce4 Ti; Any AGP-based ATI RADEON card. A minimum of 16MB VRAM is required.
    -QuickTime Pro functionality requires a QuickTime 6 Pro key. The QuickTime 5 Pro key will not work after this software is installed.
    -DVD Player requires a DVD-ROM equipped Macintosh with built-in FireWire.

    Panther System Requirements

    Tiger System Requirements


    "Tiger ships on a DVD, but if your Mac doesn’t have a built-in DVD-ROM player, you’ll need CD media. When you buy Mac OS X Tiger, you qualify to purchase Tiger CDs for only $9.95."
    Download The order Form Here. Media Exchange Program

    Also, before updating, check to see if your Mac model needs a Firmware Update.

    Shop Carefully, Examine All Documentation, And Good Luck!

    ali b