Upgrading from PowerPC G4 to Intel for Snow Leopard

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tdecgall, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. tdecgall macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2009
    We are using Mac OS X Version 10.3.9 with a 1.25 GHz PowerPC G4 here and cannot upload the latest version of Safari, Skype, Quicktime 7, and are having difficulties with an airline booking website - probably because of the above.

    Would like to upgrade to Snow Leopard but this OS want us to have an Intel processor (think?) so not exactly sure if this is possibly because of the version of Mac processor we have. Any ideas?
  2. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

    Aug 28, 2009
    If you have more than 1GB Ram, then get hold of Leopard. It's still in Amazon. This would be cheaper than a new Mac, which is what you would need to upgrade to Intel.
  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Your Mac has a PPC CPU/processor and Snow Leopard needs an Intel CPU which can not be installed into your machine.

    But your machine should still be capable of running basic websites. Maybe you should consider upgrading to Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or even 10.5 (Leopard), which would be a little slower on that machine.

    Or get a used Intel Mac Mini.
  4. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    For the app updates, it's probably more that you're running 10.3, rather than 10.4 or 10.5.

    As for Snow Leopard, you'll need an Intel processor (Core Duo or later). You can still upgrade to Leopard, 10.5, which I would recommend.
  5. jodelli macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2008
    Windsor, ON, Canada
    You should at least have Tiger 10.4 on that machine. It's capable of running 10.5 as well.

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