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Old Jan 31, 2013, 06:13 AM   #1
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From Windows to Mac

My name is John ..I am old +++
I have always heard that Mac was superior to Windows. and I have a Windows 8 machine This is at last a very good OS and I am using it to access this forum
My daughter just gifted me her old ? Power Imac G5. I like what I see in it.
Apple was always reputedly away ahead of Microsoft by Apple users.
I am curious This Power Mac has OSX 10.4.11 (85165)and the date is 2007.
It says that it can be upgraded to something called MountainLion if it is late 2007 how can I tell what "late" means.
and what are the advantages of such an upgrade
Thanks, John
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 06:20 AM   #2
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If it is a G5 PowerMac (it only has one opening for an optical disk drive (ODD) at the front), the latest Mac OS X version will be Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.
If it is a Mac Pro (two ODD openings on the front), then you can use this method to find out your model and check here for further specs and maximum OS versions:
To find out, what exact Mac model you use, click > About This Mac > More Info > Hardware Overview:
To see a more elaborate image explaining the above steps, click here.
To see a more detailed video tutorial showing the above steps, click here (2 MB, 23s, .mp4).

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Old Jan 31, 2013, 07:13 AM   #3
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Your Mac can only run OS X 10.5, "Leopard".
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 10:14 AM   #4
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Thank you for your replies,
I really am a newby Oldie What is this Leopard that you say is in there? ?
It said it was MacOSX Version 10.4.1 I thought that was the name of the Operating System.

The More Info gave me this
iMacG5
Model Power Mac 8.3
CPU type Power PC G5 3.0
Number of CPU's 1
CPU Speed 1.8GHz
L2 Cache 512KB
Memory 1.5GB
Bus Speed 600 MHz
Boot ROM Version 5.2.5f1
Ser# QP5351G4SDX

I read on a site that this can be upgraded to Mountain Lion if the dates were right?? I have no idea what this means either?? :O) I would like to know what the advantages were of having this upgrade, if any. I am only looking at this Mac with interest to see if they still outstrip the Windows machines Thank you for your attention ( a good site with quick responses)
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 11:22 AM   #5
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Apple uses code names for their operating systems:

10.5 - Leopard
10.6 - Snow Leopard
10.7 - Lion
10.8 - Mountain Lion

Your iMac has the wrong internal components to run the newer operating systems - it's too old, but you could upgrade to 10.5 "Leopard" if you can find it. I don't think Apple has it anymore.
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 11:25 AM   #6
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Thank you for your replies,
I really am a newby Oldie What is this Leopard that you say is in there? ?
It said it was MacOSX Version 10.4.1 I thought that was the name of the Operating System.

The More Info gave me this
iMacG5
Model Power Mac 8.3
CPU type Power PC G5 3.0
Number of CPU's 1
CPU Speed 1.8GHz
L2 Cache 512KB
Memory 1.5GB
Bus Speed 600 MHz
Boot ROM Version 5.2.5f1
Ser# QP5351G4SDX

I read on a site that this can be upgraded to Mountain Lion if the dates were right?? I have no idea what this means either?? :O) I would like to know what the advantages were of having this upgrade, if any. I am only looking at this Mac with interest to see if they still outstrip the Windows machines Thank you for your attention ( a good site with quick responses)
John
What you have there is an old PowerPC iMac G5. Apple switched from PowerPC to Intel in 2006, and the Latest operating system a PowerPC G5 can run is Leopard (10.5). In order to upgrade to Mountain Lion, you'll have to purchase a new or used Mac from the last 3 years or so. Seeing how you're new to Mac OS, you might just want to upgrade to Leopard and play around with it, Leopard is still a great OS (I still use it).
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 01:12 PM   #7
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Thank you all for the information. I find that the Mac is quite different and by reading further I see that perhaps Windows 8 was just "catch up after all?
John

Is it possible to download Apps to this machine? as I say I am sort of just fumbling around at this point
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Old Jan 31, 2013, 01:39 PM   #8
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Now I just downloaded Leopard (I think) and I don't know where to find the Download or whether I have to do more?
Thanks, John
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