Should I update from 10.6.8 to 10.8?

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  1. MacDude21 macrumors regular

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    So I have a macbook still on 10.6.8 I was wandering if updating to 10.8 would be a good idea or not in terms of speed.
    Specs:
    Processor: intel core 2 duo
    Processor Speed: 2.16GHZ
    Processor Cores: 2
    L2 cache: 4MB
    Memory: 2MB
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Not with 2 GB of RAM, 4 GB should be the minimum, but Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is currently the best fit for your stated system.


    Software update, upgrade--what's the difference?
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    That Macbook cannot run 10.8. The highest it can run is 10.7.5.
     
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    Ah, thanks.
     
  5. MacDude21 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wait, why? Is all I have to do is stick another 2GB of ram into my computer or is it the computer?
     
  6. Intell macrumors P6

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    It's the computer. Your Macbook is the mid-2007 model and it does not have a 64-bit EFI which is required to run 10.8.
     
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    If you have 2 GB of RAM, your post mentioned "2 MB" as memory amount, then you have two 1 GB modules. Thus getting 4 GB RAM involves getting two 2 GB modules.


    Not as far as I know. Is there a real need for OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion?
     
  9. MacDude21 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, the reason I want 10.8 is so I can update more in the future, rather than being "stuck" on 10.8
    Also, I did mean 2GB
     
  10. simsaladimbamba

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    But if the MacBook of yours does not run OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, it will not be able to run OS X 10.9 and the following OS versions.

    Either sell your MacBook and get a new or refurbished or used MacBook (or Pro or Air) that is supported by OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion and maybe even OS X 10.9 (which might drop support for Core 2 Duo machines and require an i3 or i5 or i7 CPU anyway),
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    live with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard as long as you can and then get a Mac that supports the version of OS X you want if you have the money later.

    Software update, upgrade--what's the difference?
     
  11. VivianNYC macrumors newbie

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    same question...thanks!

    Have 10.6.8 too. Can I upgrade to 10.8 or do I have to stop at 10.7 too?
    Thanks!

    Hardware Overview:

    Model Name: iMac
    Model Identifier: iMac8,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.4 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache: 6 MB
    Memory: 2 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.07 GHz
     
  12. simsaladimbamba

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    Early 2008 iMacs support running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, thus OS X 10.9 Mavericks will be able to run too, but upgrade to at least 4 GB of RAM, maybe even 6 GB RAM (maximum supported amount).
     
  13. nastiakoim macrumors newbie

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    having a similar question...

    hello!
    i am new here...:eek:
    i have a macbookpro os x 10.6.8
    i didn't have a problem with that until now ,that i want to use a program that requires 10.7 or later version.
    what is best for me to do?
    thanks...
     
  14. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    If you can't live without the program upgrade, If you can do what works for you.
     
  15. fvbruno macrumors newbie

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    im a newbie here and this is why i stick to pc's instead of that proprietary apple crap. so you are saying if i have a macbook i cannot upgrade to 10.8? the limit is 10.7? im really just looking to use iphoto which is not installed. thanks for your time as i learn the mac world
     
  16. seveej macrumors 6502a

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    Greetings,

    au contraire. Having a MacBook does not automatically relegate you to using only older OS's. All MacBooks beginning with the 2008 Unibodies support 10.8 and probably also 10.9 (and those were shipped with 10.5.). If you want to make sure, everymac.com is a splendid resource.

    I admit to think that Apple's policy of dumping support for older hardware is at times morally questionable (when there's no technical reason), but OTOH, I also feel that the opposite policy (nominally supporting hardware on which the OS will not run, but crawl) is just as questionable. I guess the real difference is that Apple wants provides software to sell hardware, whereas MS wants to sell software.

    P.S. The current version of iPhoto runs on 10.7.5. But no doubt Apple will some day release a version of iPhoto necessitating 10.8.

    More generally, Snow Leopard has shown itself to be a very good and persistent operating system. Unless you have some reasons to upgrade - except wanting to be at the forefront - such as iCloud or app support, you are pretty well off with 10.6.X

    RGDS,
     
  17. fvbruno macrumors newbie

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    thanks seveej. so in light of the fact that 10.6 is a good stable OS, what version of iPhoto would I need?
     
  18. kaelwhale macrumors newbie

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    You can update your MB to 10.8.3 using a program called MLPostFactor: http://www.osxhackers.com/Installation.html

    However, not all features are supported, and you won't be able to upgrade to 10.9 and later unless a hack is released for those OS's too.
     
  19. seveej macrumors 6502a

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    iPhoto 9 (from iLife 11) originally ran on 10.6.3 (and onwards), so you might try to find an early boxed (retail) set. Local classifieds and eBay are the natural places to look, but make sure that the box reads 10.6.X as system requirement...

    Why on earth the AppStore version demands 10.7.X is anyone's guess...

    The other alternative is naturally iPhoto 8 (iLife 09), which may come cheaper, but you need to acquire it in much the same way.

    HTH,
     
  20. mschiquita, Sep 5, 2013
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    mschiquita macrumors newbie

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    wait for mavericks?

    Hey all - hoping for a bit of advice on whether to upgrade to mavericks - I am on 10.6.8 (if it is possible/recommended?)... there is nothing wrong with my current opperating system, i would just enjoy upgrading to the latest!

    macbook pro
    processer: intel core 2 duo
    processer speed: 2.53 ghz
    number of processers: 1
    total number of cores: 2
    l2 cache: 3mb
    memory: 4gb
     
  21. hrrslmpk macrumors member

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    Yes update you'll be very happy that you did.
     

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