To upgrade or not to upgrade. 10.4.11 to SL?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by 2Sunny, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. 2Sunny macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2007
    The woods just outside NY,NY.
    I'm certain if I search I will find plenty of info, but I'm an old man and my time is of great value so if you have a kind heart and a wealth of knowledge would you share a list of pro's and con's for upgrading an iMac from Tiger to Snow Leopard?

    My computer:

    Model Name: iMac
    Model Identifier: iMac5,1
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 2.16 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 2
    L2 Cache (per processor): 4 MB
    Memory: 1 GB
    Bus Speed: 667 MHz
    Boot ROM Version: IM51.0090.B09
    SMC Version: 1.9f4


  2. rowsdower macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009
    You probably shouldn't do it if your time is of great value.
  3. uaecasher macrumors 65816


    Jan 29, 2009
    Stillwater, OK
    I say upgrade, why?

    Snow leopard is more effeient and supported (gets update from apple)

    hope this helps
  4. JavierP macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2008
    if I were you, I wouldnt.


    You have the minimum RAM requeriment
    Upgrading takes time
    Troubleshooting the upgrade takes even more time
    Some 3rd party apps. may require upgrades
    SL isn't old enough, it still has some quirks
    If it aint broke, dont fix it


    Some apps are dropping Tiger support
    Apple may drop Tiger support in the near future
  5. Amdahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Don't even think about it until 10.6.4. If you have a pressing need to get off Tiger, move to Leopard 10.5.8 instead.
  6. Eric S. macrumors 68040

    Eric S.

    Feb 1, 2008
    Santa Cruz Mountains, California
    Most of the pros you would get just upgrading to Leopard, which is now a very stable OS. SL might give you some performance gain, depending on the applications you run. But SL, as others have noted, is in the early, rather buggy stage of its life. Unless you're willing to risk some instability you'd be better off waiting.
  7. flanamac macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2009

    I would beef up your RAM to the maximum (might be 3GB), and you can do that here rather cheap:

    Last thing, if you do this, you should do a completely clean installation meaning reinstalling your applications (which are not on the disk itself) manually. Do not try migrating anything. Install using the erase and install option. You should be fine, but you need more memory.

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