From Windows to Mac

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    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
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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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 :apple: > About This Mac > More Info > Hardware Overview:
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    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).​


    To learn more about Mac OS X: Helpful Information for Any Mac User by GGJstudios
     
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  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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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
     
  5. macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    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).
     
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

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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
     
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Windows to Mac

    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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