Mac OS X 10.4.11 upgrade?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by CamillaMullins, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. CamillaMullins macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2013

    I have a Mac OS X 10.4.11 which doesn't allow me to install any programs or updates on it because it's too old. Can anyone tell me how I can update to Snow Leopard or any other operating system but without loosing any of my current applications/documents? (Adobe programs are quite expensive!)

    These are the specs to my computer

    Thanks in advance for your help, I'm really struggling here!
  2. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Yours can go up to 10.7.5 but probably wouldn't be smart, you might have PPC only Apps, if this is the case Snow Leopard is the better choice with Rosetta, it is also much stabler than Lion.

    To do so buy Snow Leopard for about $20 and run the Installer, it will update your System to 10.6 without loosing anything.

    But, as always you should make a backup, I would NOT recommend to update without first backing up your Data, if for instance you have a power outage or something goes wrong you can go back.

    If you get the DVD, insert it and install, do not wipe the disk or partition it!
  3. Drew017, Apr 10, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2013

    Drew017 macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2011
    East coast, USA
    Your Mac does support Lion, but performance would be better if you used Snow Leopard. To upgrade, buy it from Apple for $20, then follow the on screen instructions, and you will keep all of your files etc.
  4. cbrat4life macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2013
    Also have 10.4.11

    I have an imac that runs 10.4.11 what is the best update that i can get and how do i go about buying it....It has a 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo. 1 GB 667 DDR2 I am trying to download office mac and it says my system is tooo old..:confused::confused::confused::confused:
  5. Elbert C macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2008
    AK, USA
    That depends on if you have the 17 or 20 inch model.
    17 inch late 2006 model
    *This system can run the last version of OS X 10.7 "Lion" if upgraded to at least 2 GB of RAM. Although it has a 64-bit processor, it has a 32-bit EFI and is not capable of booting into 64-bit mode. It does not support "OpenCL" either. Please also note that OS X Lion is not capable of running Mac OS X apps originally written for the PowerPC processor as it does not support the "Rosetta" environment. This model cannot run versions of OS X newer than 10.7.x "Lion."

    20 inch mid 2007 model
    *This system can run the latest version of OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" if upgraded to at least 2 GB of RAM. It is not supported booting into 64-bit mode when running Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard." It does not support "OpenCL" either. Please also note that OS X Lion and OS X Mountain Lion are not capable of running Mac OS X apps originally written for the PowerPC processor as neither supports the "Rosetta" environment.
  6. CrickettGrrrl macrumors 6502a


    Feb 10, 2012
    B'more or Less

    Is this your model?

    If so, you could technically run Lion but you would also be better off with Snow Leopard like the OP. You can use the link in Drew017's post to purchase Snow Leopard OS X 10.6 directly from Apple's web site.

    You should also seriously consider replacing your RAM with two 2GB sticks for a total of 4GB (although it's really more like 3GB for your model, but you need matched sticks).

    I helped a friend upgrade the same model iMac several months ago from Tiger 10.4 to Snow Leopard and we also replaced the RAM to 4GB, it runs well.

    --And as a previous poster suggested, you should back up your files on an external hard drive first before updating to a new OS.

    Do you have Adobe CS2? If so, it will run on Snow Leopard with Rosetta (I can vouch for that as I still use it on my Snow Leopard partition), but it will definitely not run on Lion.

    Before doing anything however, confirm your model number using About This Mac (in the main menu)/More Info/Hardware Overview/Model Identifier.

    Besides confirming that you can indeed upgrade to Lion, knowing the model number will help you select the correct RAM from sites like OWC, Crucial, etc.

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