Hi I have a Mac G5 OS X 10.3.9, i would like to update it to the newest version possible. Is Snow Leopard good for me, if not, what should i do?

processor: Dual 1.8 GHz Power PC Mac G5
OS X 10.3.9
Memory: 1 GB DDR SDRAM

  • Asked by Dahlia E from New York
  • Oct 13, 2009
Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

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5 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    Snow Leopard is Intel-only, and your G5 is powered by a non-Intel processor. If you'd like to upgrade your system, Leopard is a very good choice and does work on PowerPC processor Macs. I believe you can still purchase Leopard through various stores that sell Apple products and software. It would certainly be worth it!

    Otherwise, you can look at refurbished or new replacement machines that are powered by an Intel Processor. I highly recommend getting a machine that features a Core 2 Duo processor, and would look at the graphics processor vs. the Snow Leopard tech requirements, so that you can maximize the features that 10.6 offers.

    Good luck!

    • Answered by Michael G from Rochester
    • Oct 16, 2009
  • No sorry Mac OS X (10.6) does not install nor work with Power PC G5 or any Power PC before it. Your Mac has to be an Intel Mac. You can install Leopard (10.5.8)

    • Answered by Kevin M from Atlanta
    • Oct 20, 2009
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard will not install on a G5. Snow Leopard only runs on Intel processor-based Macs.
    G3, G4 and G5 are all PowerPC processors.
    The most recent version of Mac OS X you can install on your G5 is Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

    • Answered by John J from Austin
    • Oct 17, 2009
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard only supports Intel processors. However, your Power Mac G5 can be upgraded to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

    • Answered by Mike B from Roswell
    • Oct 16, 2009
  • upgrade to Leopard, not snow leopard. Snow Leopard is Intel only.

    • Answered by David M from Gretna
    • Oct 16, 2009