Finally time to upgrade from Leopard...

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  1. mikebatho macrumors 6502a

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    I'm stuck way back on 10.5.8, my little Intel iMac is running like a dog's dinner & I've had enough.

    I know I don't need the very latest OS, but I know I need to upgrade. I also have a very low budget. Can anyone suggest what might be the easiest & cheapest way to cobble together a new OS from second hand OS discs, probably from eBay or somewhere, then maybe go for an upgrade from the Apple site? Do they still offer upgrades for older OS or is it all Lion/MtnLion nowadays?

    Cheers.
     
  2. mikebatho thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  3. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    The Apple disk is a full installer. Yes, the eBay item is over-priced.

    While I would recommend updating to 10.6, you would get the most from it by maxing out the RAM, if you haven't, and replacing the hard drive with either a larger, faster one, or an SSD.

    When you say that your Mac is "running like a dog's dinner", what do you mean, exactly? What model Mac do you have?

    An OS X installation shouldn't normally slow down over time, nor should clean installs be necessary for maintenance. However, if you're running newer software than that which was contemporary with Leopard, then it may be making excessive demands on your ageing hardware.

    Snow Leopard is certainly "a bit snappier" than Leopard on most hardware. But the major benefit is one of compatibility with more modern software.
     
  4. mikebatho thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's running really slowly sometimes, especially when running photoshop or illustrator. It never used to be like this. I reinstalled OSX leapard about 6 months ago and regularly run mac keep er & repair privilages, but nothing seems to work.

    I'm thinking of upgrading the ram. Can you suggest anywhere selling it cheap? I know my imac will take up to 4gb (I'm currently 1) and that I'd need 2gb to move up to lion, should I wish to.

    I have Snow Leopard coming in the post, so I might think about memory next.

    It's an Intel Core 2 Duo imac 2GH processor, serial W8810076X85
     
  5. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    Don't use MacKeeper. A quick Google will show it to be somewhat controversial.

    You do not need to do any preventative maintenance on OS X. Repair Permissions does very little these days. Reinstalling the OS usually doesn't help, as most problems are in the User account (caches, prefs, settings, etc).

    That having been said, I would recommend Onyx, if you do have to troubleshoot an issue.

    However, 1GB of RAM with Photoshop & Illustrator is likely to see lots of swapping memory out to disk, which will cause spinning wheels and slow downs. You can see your memory usage with Activity Monitor in the Utilities folder.

    Definitely put as much RAM in as you can. Memory is pretty cheap these days. I buy from Crucial's UK site.

    I have just retired a 2006 iMac. It ran Lion reasonably well with 3 GB, using Creative Suite 4, but was starting to show its age.
     
  6. mikebatho thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So no Mackeeper eh? What a waste of money that was then!!

    Any links to cheap memory for my spec of imac? And instructions on how to install it? I've fitted ram on a macbook before but never an imac....

    Thanks for your support....

    :)
     
  7. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    On the Crucial site, you enter your model of Mac, and it will tell you what you need.
    There will be instructions for how to do it on the Apple Support pages.
    You unscrew a flap on the bottom of the iMac and click the modules in.
     
  8. James Craner, Mar 2, 2013
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    £25 for Snow Leopard is very reasonable on eBay UK. I have seen it sold for more than that. It is also your best upgrade as Snow Leopard is one of OS X best releases - fast and staple and gets you access to nice features like the Mac App Store. Given the likely age of your machine I would stay away from Lion and Mountain Lion as they are more resource hungry than Snow Leopard - particularly RAM.

    Edit :Sorry did not realise Apple was selling it for £14 - just read your 2nd post - In that case get it from Apple.
     
  9. mikebatho thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ooookay. Bear with me guys, I'm not exactly a whizz.

    I've done the scan from the Crucial page and it's come up with my options.

    It's showing one slot filled with my current 1GB ram, and the next slot empty. Now even with my limited maths abilities, that says to me if I stick a 2GB in that second slot I'll be running 3GB total, correct?

    I must sound like such a tool, but if these forums weren't out there I'd be fooked....

    :p
     
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    What does the "about this Mac" say? I ask as apple almost always installs ram in 2 slots, not just one.

    If one is indeed empty, you can add ram up to how much your machine supports.
     
  11. mikebatho thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Good thinking, although according to my mac's spec:

    BANK 0/DIMMO 1GB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHZ OK

    BANK 1/DIMM1 Empty Empty Empty Empty

    So I think I'm good to go?
     
  12. justperry macrumors 604

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    First, with that serial you can go to THIS site and you'll see there yours can go up to 6 GB total, I would recommend this as it will greatly improve the speed.

    And, as others have said, stay away from MacKeeper, another one to stay away from is CleanMyMac.
    Your Mac normally does not need maintenance, the system takes care of this, only if you get into trouble then you can use an App like Onyx, which the other one mentioned.
     
  13. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    MacKeeper has its own uninstaller. Find that and run it.
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    I could be wrong, but it appears the poster you quoted was asking how to install RAM, not how to uninstall MacKeeper.
     
  15. mikebatho thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    lol

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    Yeah, I think I have uninstalling mackeeper covered....

    Right, I've ordered a single block of 2gb ram. What do I do to install the bugger? I have limited tools. My tool kit for general jobs around the home consists of varying sizes of hammer. I'm guessing I might need a screwdriver or something for this? :)
     
  16. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    As I said, the Apple Support pages will have instructions for your model of iMac.
    Unscrew the cover, slot it in.
     
  17. mikebatho thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, I'm on it....

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    OK people, we're all done here. Thanks very much for all your help.

    Mike.
     
  18. sfphoto macrumors regular

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    Would suggest getting Disk Warrior or TechTool

    PLUS and external Firewire drive.
     
  19. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    No, you are definitely correct. :eek:
     
  20. justperry macrumors 604

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    Now, that was funny.:D
     
  21. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

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    Get 2 2GB sticks, pull out the 1GB and match your RAM. It'll make the system run better.
     

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