No more updates for older MBPs?

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  1. MBPDiva macrumors regular

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    Hi guys, I purchased my very first Macbook Pro in 2008 and it is still running perfectly. It's never been in for repairs, etc. But lately I've noticed my weather widget has stopped updating, and there are no new software updates other than the new Garageband. My MBP is still running on the old Mac OS X 10.5.8. But my newer machine, a MAC Air that I purchased this year, receives all the latest updates, including Mac OS X 10.6. Both of my machines run on the same router. I read here that Apple has stopped updating older machines with security patches. Are we being forced to scrap the older MBPs for newer ones? :confused:
     
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  3. MBPDiva thread starter macrumors regular

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    When I click on software update, all I get is the new garageband. Is there somewhere else I can go to get the 10.6? :confused:
     
  4. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    Buy a Snow Leopard (10.6) upgrade disc. Lion is a download but Snow Leopard was a DVD
     
  5. chrfr macrumors 603

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    ...or even to 10.7 Lion.
     
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    10.6 Is Snow Leopard, a whole other OS, it's not an update. You have to buy the Snow Leopard disc to get Snow Leopard. Same goes for Lion (10.7).
     
  7. xxBURT0Nxx macrumors 68020

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    you don't get a free upgrade in software updates, like others have said you need to purchase those upgrades.

    At this point you might as well get Lion, no sense in paying for SL anymore.
     
  8. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    You can't download lion unlss you are running SL.
     
  9. xxBURT0Nxx macrumors 68020

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    ya but i thought you could buy the usb drive and install straight from leopard? maybe not, i'm still on SL so i haven't messed with Lion at this point! :cool:
     
  10. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    You should be able to download SL on the Air. You own a legal copy of SL on the Air, so I think you are allowed to install it on the MBP too. This is not windows with their one license per machine crap (or is it?).
     
  11. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    I think not.
     
  12. yawns macrumors member

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    Lion officially won't upgrade on anything that isn't running the latest SL. If the OP wanted to go straight to Lion, they'd have buy or create a bootable Lion install, format the hardddrive, and do a clean install.

    However, there is a hack to bypass the restriction:

    http://www.macworld.com/article/161087/2011/07/install_lion_over_leopard.html

    (Check the bottom of the article, "The Tech Way," or whatever.)

    OP would still need to use their SL computer to get Lion from the app store.

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    The Lion EULA states that you can buy Lion once and put it on all of your Mac's, "that you own or control." It does specifically state that you can only upgrade from SL, but nothing is going to check for that. They don't really care.
     
  13. MBPDiva thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for all of your suggestions, guys. I worked all day today so I'm just now reading your replies. My original question had to do with my older Macbook not updating. Is there a reason for that? I'm not really interested in Snow Leopard. I just want to get my MBP to start updating again. It would be nice if my weather widget would start working again as well. :)
     
  14. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    You might want to make it clearer what you're looking for for updates.

    Typically Apple supports two concurrent versions of it's OS as far as updates go, which now is pretty much 10.6 and 10.7. That's not to say that you may not see the occasional security fix, but seing a version increment on an older OS prolly isn't going to happen. Application updates, yes probably as you're seeing.

    Planned obsolescence baby... the driving $ behind the tech business!
     
  15. MBPDiva thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Ccrew! That's the answer I was looking for! I was going bonkers trying to figure out why my MBP wouldn't update. So I guess my weather widget is dead then? :confused:
     
  16. warvanov macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know why the weather widget would stop working even if the OS was no longer supported by updates, etc. I think there might be something else going on with the weather widget and that this problem may be unrelated to the OS update issue.
     
  17. thekev macrumors 604

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    There are a lot of opinions listed here on what to buy. If you do upgrade your OS as Leopard is an older one at this point, you will want to ensure you have compatible software versions available. A few things do break under Snow Leopard. Anything run via Rosetta is gone with Lion. I hate how people offer one line upgrade suggestions without mentioning any of this as it is important.
     
  18. Heebeejeebies macrumors regular

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    You can buy a USB stick with Lion for $70 or buy a SL DVD for $40 and then upgrade to Lion for $30. You cannot upgrade from Leopard to Lion, but you can do a clean install using the USB stick.

    So essentially, buy two things, upgrade twice... or buy one thing, backup your data, and then clean install and then restore.

    And yes, if you buy the USB stick, you can use it on up to three Macs. I'm not sure how the download works...
     
  19. MBPDiva thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks thekev and Heebeejeebies. I'm not really interested in upgrading the OS. I like it the way it is. I just wish I could get the weather widget to work. :confused:
     
  20. warvanov macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, but this isn't a thread about "How can I pay $70 to upgrade my operating system."
     
  21. MBPDiva thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks warvanov. It's a mystery. I searched the forums for answers. I even deleted the widget. Most users who had this problem with the weather widget say it resolved itself. I didn't tweak anything. It just stopped working 2 weeks ago. :confused:

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    No... this is a thread about why my older machine wasn't receiving updates and why my weather widget suddenly stopped updating. The first question was answered. :)
     
  22. warvanov macrumors 6502a

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    Are there alternate weather widgets you could use in the meantime?
     
  23. MBPDiva thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, I tried a few but none as great as the weather widget that came bundled with my Mac Dashboard. Thanks anyway :)
     
  24. warvanov macrumors 6502a

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    Do they work? Lame widget with weather info is better than good widget with no info, right? ;-)
     

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