Questions & Answers for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
1616 Questions from the Community
I have Mac OS X Version 10.5.8. Today I purchased the new iphone 5 and it's telling me that I need iTunes Version 10.7. Do I have to have OS X 10.6?
- Asked by Sarah D from Daniel Island
- 12 27, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (I have Mac OS X Version 10.5.8. Today I purchased the new iphone 5 and it's telling me that I need iTunes Version 10.7. Do I have to have OS X 10.6?)
Both iTunes 10.7 and the latest release, iTunes 11.0.1, require OS 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard).
How do i tell what operating system I have?
- Asked by Katherine M from Santa Fe
- 12 26, 12
- Flag as inappropriate (How do i tell what operating system I have?)
To find out what version of Mac OS X you have, you click on the Apple Logo in the left conner of your screen. Then, you click on "About This Mac".
- Answered by Evan G from Lynn
- 01 2, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (How do i tell what operating system I have?)
I am still running 10.4.11 (pathetically!)! Can I at least download Snow Leopard first to get a little more uprgraded??
- Asked by Gregory C from Minneapolis
- 03 21, 13
- Flag as inappropriate (I am still running 10.4.11 (pathetically!)! Can I at least download Snow Leopard first to get a little more uprgraded??)
Depends on your Mac's processor.
If it is a PowerPC processor, you CAN NOT install Snow Leopard.
If it is an Intel processor, you CAN install Snow Leopard.
To determine the type of processor, go to "About this Mac" in the "Apple" menu. If the word "Intel" appears anywhere next to "Processor", you can install Snow Leopard. You need at least 1GB of memory, 2GB or more is better.
TIP: Consider installing Snow Leopard on a separate partition (especially since Snow Leopard may need to do some reformatting of the partition it is being installed to). With an OS installed on two partitions, you can then start up from either the Tiger partition or the Snow Leopard partition by pressing the Option Key during startup (or using the Start Up Disk preference in System Preferences). This lets you keep you OS 10.4.11 installation in case you want to jump back.
BTW: If installing to a new partition, Snow Leopard installer will search your Mac for other OS installations and ask you if you want to import OS settings, apps, and/or files from an older installation. Say yes to all for a smoother transition to Snow Leopard. All settings, compatible apps/drivers and files will be copied to the new partition.
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 03 26, 13
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I am still running 10.4.11 (pathetically!)! Can I at least download Snow Leopard first to get a little more uprgraded??)
I have no operating system on my IMAC 11 can I still install Snow leopard
- Asked by Warren B from Cannonvale
- 05 6, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (I have no operating system on my IMAC 11 can I still install Snow leopard)
i have a Mac mini 2009 2GHz intel core 2 duo mac, trying to upgrade to maverick however i am still on Mac Ox 10.5.8 what course should i take to upgrAnswer
In order to have access to the App Store from where you can download and install Mavericks, you will need OS 10.6.8 or later installed. (Do not confuse "App Store" with the "Apple Store".)
Step 1 is to install Snow Leopard and do "Software Update" to 10.6.8. (Snow Leopard is available from the "Apple Store".)
Step 2 is to open the App Store app and download and install Mavericks.
Mavericks requires at least 2GB of memory, and 8GB of hard disk space. The early 2009 Mac Mini is the earliest Mac Mini model that will support Mavericks.
Snow Leopard comes on a DVD. It is not available as a download.
If no working optical drive, there are several options to install Snow Leopard:
1) Attaching an external optical "DVD" drive "should" work. Insert SL DVD, restart Mac and hold option key during startup to choose SL DVD.
2) Put Mac on same network as another Mac with a working optical drive. Instructions are on SL install DVD on how to install SL from the optical drive on another Mac.
3) On another Mac with working optical drive, use Disk Utility to create a disk image (DMG) of the SL install DVD. Transfer DMG to your Mac. On your Mac create a new partition 10GB in size (formatted "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)"). RESTORE the DMG to the new partition. Restart your Mac, hold down Option Key during restart and choose the partition with the SL install files to start up from.
4) Get a USB flash drive at least 10 GB in size. Use disk utility to reformat flash drive so it is "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)". On a Mac with working optical drive, use disk utility to RESTORE the SL DVD directly to the flash drive. Then use the flash drive to do the install (insert flash drive, restart Mac and hold down option key so you can then choose the flash drive.)
5) On another "similar Mac", create a new partition (at least 10GB in size, but as large as you wish, formatted "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)"). Install SL to that partition. Then make a disk image (DMG) and restore to a new partition (also formatted "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)") on your Mac. Restart Mac, hold down option key, and you should be able to choose starting up with the SL partition. (This "install" method is also useful if one needs to have SL on a newer Mac that otherwise does not allow SL to be installed.)
(Note: In option 3, 4 or 5, for flash drive, one can also use an external HD. For transferring DMG files, one can use a flash or external drive or do transfer over a network.)
- Answered by Ewald W from Vancouve
- 06 9, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (Since my CD drive is broken, is there a way I can buy an external CD drive to use to download the SL upgrade?)
will snow leopard get my system which is currently 10.5.8 up to 10.6.8 that I need to download itunes 11.2.2 that i need to sync my iphone 4s ?
I have a mac mini mid-2007 running OS 10.5.8. Can I upgrade to OS 10.6 snow leopard?
- Asked by Richard F from Palm Springs
- 05 21, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (I have a mac mini mid-2007 running OS 10.5.8. Can I upgrade to OS 10.6 snow leopard?)
I have Mac OSX 10.5.8 2.2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, iphoto doesn't edit photos anymore, safari is useless for a long time. what should i upgrade? thanks
An update from 10.6.x to 10.7.x or later will not happen automatically, but if you open the Mac App Store you'll be able to get 10.9.x as a free upgrade, assuming your Mac can run 10.9.x.
- Answered by Robert T from Chatham
- 06 3, 14
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (I have OS X 10.6.8 Do I need to buy an upgrade to 10.7 (or later) or should it be automatic?)
does Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard give you Icloud?
I wanted to have icloud on my old mac which is a Mac OS X version 10.6.8 and was unable so I upgrated my software with Mac 10.6 Snow Leopard and when I went to system preferences to find icloud was not there only time machine which I do not want to use. How can I get icloud?
- Asked by Christal K from Glendale
- 04 30, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (does Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard give you Icloud?)
My Imac is Mac OSX Version 10.5.8 Would I benefit by upgrading to Snow Leopard, or have I already got it.
My system does not give the software a "Leopard" name ? just OSX 10.5.8 ?
Also, as an old Windows user, I would like to install Microsoft Word. How cheaply can I achieve this - I presume it's not included with the Snow Leopard upgrade that I am considering ?
- Asked by Christopher W
- 09 30, 09
- Flag as inappropriate (My Imac is Mac OSX Version 10.5.8 Would I benefit by upgrading to Snow Leopard, or have I already got it.)
If your iMac has 10.5.8, then you have Mac OS X Leopard. The .8 in 10.5.8 means there have been 8 updates applied to the base 10.5.0 version. Mac OS X Snow Leopard is version 10.6 which you do not currently own, but can be purchased for $29 from any Apple Store.
As far as your question of benefits to upgrading, yes there are some new features and fixes in Mac OS X Snow Leopard† that many will find beneficial. You do need to be sure your iMac meets the system requirements, which mainly is that it contains an Intel processor.
For your final question on Word, you have some options. Microsoft has released Microsoft Office for OS X, which can be purchased in an Apple Store. Also you can use OS X's Boot Camp feature if you would like to run Word natively in Windows. Finally, you can look into virtualization software. Some examples of these are VMWare Fusion, and Parallels.
†Refinements in Mac OS X Snow Leopard are listed on Apple's Mac OS X Snow Leopard "What's New?"
- Answered by Matthew Y from Iowa City
- 10 17, 09
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (My Imac is Mac OSX Version 10.5.8 Would I benefit by upgrading to Snow Leopard, or have I already got it.)
Can I use PowerPC applications with this?
I currently have Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5 and would like to play a game I just bought but a window pops up saying my computer doesn't support PowerPC applications. I read that this will solve that but I want to make sure before spending the $20
- Asked by Stephanie W from Clovis
- 07 10, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I use PowerPC applications with this?)
Which Version can I upgrade to if I am at Version Mac OS X Version 10.5.8? can I download Version 10.9
I am using Apple Laptop since 2010 and it is Mac OS X Version 10.5.8 and I want to upgrade it to the latest version of software upgrades.
I. Have a 5.1.1 version can I update to 6.0 or higher
- Asked by Amberly W from Hinkley
- 06 21, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (I. Have a 5.1.1 version can I update to 6.0 or higher)
2010 white Macbook on OSX 10.5.8 --can I install upgraded 10.6 or higher OS from another mac computer I have?
Have an macbook I'd like the kids to use -- mainly for the dvd drive and internet.
I don't want to pay for two OS upgrades just for that.
1. Can I use a program I already have on other equipment? (another near dead macbook pro)?
2. How high of an OS can this machine go?
3. How functional is 10.5.8 for things like the Internet?
The white macbook has 2.4 Ghz Intel core duo
- Asked by Ara W from Durham
- 06 21, 14
- Flag as inappropriate (2010 white Macbook on OSX 10.5.8 --can I install upgraded 10.6 or higher OS from another mac computer I have?)