Need help with configuring Magic Mouse

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bclizzle, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. bclizzle macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2009
    i have an iMac from 2008, currently i have Mac OS X version 10.4.11 - i just received magic mouse as a gift, i have it paired with my computer (it is working) but i cannot scroll or swipe or anything. and when i go into my preferences there is no where to configure.

    now upon looking into it i have seen that i need version 10.5 or newer, however, i go to get a software update and it is unavailable...

    what am i missing here?

    sorry im sure this is noobish
  2. DavieBoy macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2009
    New Jersey
    I am pretty sure you have to upgrade to at least Leopard (10.5) in order for the Magic Mouse to work. You can upgrade to Snow Leopard (10.6) for $30.
  3. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    There have been 2 SIGNIFICANT OS upgrades since 10.4. Both required users to purchase upgrades. You will need to purchase Leopard or Snow Leopard. Then you can get upgraded mouse software to allow scrolling/swiping. There are also 3rd party applications that really open up what the mouse can do.
  4. bclizzle thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2009
    that kinda sucks... now an $80 mouse turned into a $110 mouse. what is significant with leopard? i dont do much on my mac, mostly internet, music. not much else.
  5. forcefieldkid macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2010
    You'll need to upgrade at some point anyway when 10.4 starts losing browser and new app support.
  6. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

    Jason Beck

    Oct 19, 2009
    Cedar City, Utah
    Version 10.5: "Leopard"
    Main article: Mac OS X Leopard
    Mac OS X v10.5 "Leopard" was released on October 26, 2007. It was called by Apple "the largest update of Mac OS X". It brought more than 300 new features.[86] Leopard supports both PowerPC- and Intel x86-based Macintosh computers; support for the G3 processor was dropped and the G4 processor required a minimum clock rate of 867 MHz, and at least 512 MB of RAM to be installed. The single DVD works for all supported Macs (including 64-bit machines). New features include a new look, an updated Finder, Time Machine, Spaces, Boot Camp pre-installed,[87] full support for 64-bit applications (including graphical applications), new features in Mail and iChat, and a number of new security features. Leopard is an Open Brand UNIX 03 registered product on the Intel platform. It was also the first BSD-based OS to receive UNIX 03 certification.[3][88] Leopard dropped support for the Classic Environment and all Classic applications.[89]
    It was the final version of Mac OS X to support the PowerPC architecture.
    Version 10.6: "Snow Leopard"
    Main article: Mac OS X Snow Leopard
    Mac OS X v10.6 "Snow Leopard" was released on August 28, 2009. Rather than delivering big changes to the appearance and end user functionality like the previous releases of Mac OS X, Snow Leopard focuses on "under the hood" changes, increasing the performance, efficiency, and stability of the operating system. For most users, the most noticeable changes are: the disk space that the operating system frees up after a clean install compared to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, a more responsive Finder rewritten in Cocoa, faster Time Machine backups, more reliable and user friendly disk ejects, a more powerful version of the Preview application, as well as a faster Safari web browser.
    The rewrite of Finder in Apple's native Cocoa API allows the Finder to take advantage of the integrated 64-bit technology, as well as Grand Central Dispatch, use a more user-friendly disk-eject (clearer dialogs will notify the user of what services or programs are using a given disk), and provides it a more responsive overall feel.
    The new Safari 4 includes a boost in JavaScript and HTML performance, which results in faster web browsing. The majority of this performance boost is enabled by the new SquirrelFish JavaScript interpreter, improving the JavaScript rendering performance of Safari by over 50%.[90] The new Top Sites also displays the most frequently visited and/or bookmarked sites in a panorama view, allowing the user to easily access their favorite sites along with a new Cover Flow view for the user's browsing history. Safari 4 is now also more crash resistant, being able to isolate plug-ins which are the number one cause of web browser crashes.[91]
    Mac OS X v10.6 also features Microsoft Exchange Server support for Mail, iCal, and Address Book, new 64-bit technology capable of supporting greater amounts of RAM, an all new QuickTime X with a refreshed user interface and more functionality that used to be only available to QuickTime Pro owners.
    Back-end platform changes include improved support for multi-core processors through Grand Central Dispatch which attempts to ease the development of applications with multi-core support, and thus improve their CPU utilization. It used to be that developers needed to code their programs in such a way that their software would explicitly take advantage of the multiple cores, which could easily become a tedious and troublesome task, especially in complex software. It also includes advanced GPU performance with OpenCL (a cross platform open standard for GPGPU distinct from CUDA, Dx11 Compute Shader or STREAM) by providing support to offload work normally only destined for a CPU to the graphic card's GPU. This can be especially useful in tasks that can be heavily parallelized.
    Snow Leopard only supports machines with Intel CPUs, requires at least 1 GB of RAM, and drops default support for applications built for the PowerPC architecture (Rosetta can be installed as an additional component to retain support for PowerPC-only applications

    Source: Wikipedia

    There is also OODLES of fixes between versions. I don't use the word "oodles" that often.. but yah.

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