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amgonyea10
May 24, 2011, 09:05 AM
Hi everyone. I have an iMac currently running 10.4.11 (Tiger). I chose not to upgrade to Leopard, because I didn't think it was necessary. I put off Upgrading to Snow Leopard because I would have to pay $129 for the box set to do an install. Now I'm pondering if mac will be selling the install disks for Lion or if it will just be upgrades only.

My other question is, should i just install snow leopard and think about lion later?



baryon
May 24, 2011, 09:31 AM
You could have bought Snow Leopard for $29, that disk was the full upgrade disk by the way, regardless of your current OS version! I can confirm this. You can still do that actually.

I think that you definitely have to add some RAM to your iMac, but you should be fine with Lion. I don't know what the max amount is for your machine, but I guess it should take 2GB, or maybe even 4. Go with as much as you can, and it should be fine!

innominato5090
May 24, 2011, 10:20 AM
your mac supports up to 3 GB of DDR2 667MHz RAM (even if for best performance you should install 4GB, even if only 3 would be addressed by the OS). Once you have maxed it, Lion will run smooth and nicely :)

brijazz
May 25, 2011, 06:53 AM
Now I'm pondering if mac will be selling the install disks for Lion or if it will just be upgrades only.

Not quite sure what you mean by "upgrades only", but you'll be able to install Lion on your machine. No pricing has been announced, but if history is any indicator, Lion will cost.... $129. That's the same amount that you wouldn't pay for Leopard, so I guess you have a decision to make ;)

Also, you might have a hard time getting Lion to run smoothly with only 1GB of RAM in your machine. RAM is cheaper than ever... spring for an upgrade.

Synaesthesia242
May 25, 2011, 10:45 AM
You can upgrade with a $29 Snow Leopard disk.

And I'm sure a straight upgrade to Lion will work fine! Ha. Just make a backup of everything first.

cherry su
May 25, 2011, 10:58 AM
You can upgrade with a $29 Snow Leopard disk.

And I'm sure a straight upgrade to Lion will work fine! Ha. Just make a backup of everything first.

Yeah, I assume one has to wipe his disk and do a clean install (otherwise Lion will say that it can't upgrade from Tiger).

Mal
May 25, 2011, 03:18 PM
Yeah, I assume one has to wipe his disk and do a clean install (otherwise Lion will say that it can't upgrade from Tiger).

That's never been the case before, why would you assume that with Lion?

jW

orpheus1120
May 25, 2011, 03:28 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Lion will not run on this particular iMac version.

Synaesthesia242
May 25, 2011, 03:31 PM
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Lion will not run on this particular iMac version.

Nope, it will! It's got a Core 2 Duo, which is what's required for Lion.

In fact I've run Lion on a 17" Core 2 Duo White iMac myself.

o'glory
May 25, 2011, 04:59 PM
I was running 10.4.11 about a year ago, and I recently upgraded to Snow Leopard successfully. I highly recommend you do the same; I absolutely love my new Mac OS.

However, I highly doubt you will not be able to upgrade from Tiger to Lion. Apple has really been restricting any further upgrades for those still running Tiger. I believe you cannot run iTunes 10 on Tiger, as well as several other applications that require 10.5+.

I don't think Lion will be $29, so purchasing Snow Leopard and then Lion may be your best bet. Or you can just buy a new Mac!

Mal
May 25, 2011, 05:11 PM
I was running 10.4.11 about a year ago, and I recently upgraded to Snow Leopard successfully. I highly recommend you do the same; I absolutely love my new Mac OS.

However, I highly doubt you will not be able to upgrade from Tiger to Lion. Apple has really been restricting any further upgrades for those still running Tiger. I believe you cannot run iTunes 10 on Tiger, as well as several other applications that require 10.5+.

I don't think Lion will be $29, so purchasing Snow Leopard and then Lion may be your best bet. Or you can just buy a new Mac!

Once again, that has no connection to upgrading your OS. While you can't install new versions of some applications but continue to run Tiger, you will almost certainly not have any problems upgrading to Lion from a computer running Tiger. Apple will likely suggest the Mac Box Set if they continue to offer it, but there's nothing that would likely prevent upgrading quickly and reasonably.

jW