upgrading to Leopard??

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  1. AeroBar macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    I hope I'm the right section for this, but here it goes.
    I was considering purchasing iLife '09. This would require me to upgrade my MAC OS X 10.4.11 to Leopard.
    Is there any reason why I should avoid doing this?
    Is it a straight-forward and easy task?

    Thanks.
     
  2. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    A little more info? Machine? Ram? etc.

    You know it costs money to upgrade to leopard, right?
     
  3. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    iMac G5 Mac OS X (10.4.11) 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo


    Is that the info you need?

    thanks.
     
  4. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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    A G5? With how much RAM? Yea, I would look into Leopard, it's a pretty good upgrade if your machine can handle it! ;) :cool:

    p.s. I also have a iBook g4 that I keep at Tiger because it fits that machine better than Leopard... ;)
     
  5. apfhex macrumors 68030

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    A G5 eh? ;)

    You're computer is well within Leopard's requirements and you'll probably enjoy the upgrade.
     
  6. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    My 1.5GHz PowerBook does so you'll have no problem. If you have an external hard drive I'd suggest making a clone of your hard drive using Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! Then do a clean install instead of an upgrade and use the Migration (or Setup) Assistant to move all of your files back from your external hard drive. Besides the Leopard interface lift, everything will look exactly like you had it in Tiger. It's a beautiful thing.
     
  7. mxg macrumors newbie

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    If it is a Core 2 Duo maybe you should wait for snow leopard?
     
  8. akbc macrumors 6502

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    G5 vs. C2D is er.. yeah.

    Anyways,

    if your computer is G5 iMac, Leopard would be awesome.

    If your computer is C2D iMac, I would wait for Snow Leopard, unless you absolutely need the iLife '09 suite right now.
     
  9. Macmel macrumors 6502

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    I installed Leopard on my old iBook using the upgrading system and it made it very slow and frankly unusable when more than one application was open. Later on, I performed a clean install reformatting the hard drive and worked flawlessly until I sold it afew weeks later.
    Bottom line, whatever you do, do a clean install.
     
  10. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    I'm pretty sure its not a G5 everyone, he's probably just confusing G5 with the "Gen 5" white style of iMac.

    OP I would hold out for Snow Leopard since your iMac is Core 2 Duo.
     
  11. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hello,

    Thanks for all the info.

    But why is it best to wait for Snow Leopard because my Mac is Core 2 Duo?

    Thanks.
     
  12. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a

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    Is it just me?
    How can it be a G5 Core 2 Duo?
    Is it aluminum or plastic?
    If it's aluminum, it can definitely do the upgrade without any hitches.
    Just do a clean install, to make sure nothing goes wrong.
    And no, you don't really need to wait for Snow Leopard.
    I don't think Snow Leopard is really going to improve your performance much because you don't have a nVidia card.
    If you want it/need it, get it now.
    If you want the newest and greatest, then just hold on and get Snow Leopard when it comes out.
     
  13. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    If you're going to wait for Snow Leopard, you'll be waiting at least for another 6 months orso...

    Get the Mac Box Set:
    - iLife '09
    - iWork '09
    - AND Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.6 Install DVD!
    .. Together for $ 169... :eek: (I was really pleasantly surprised when I heard this..)

    In your case it is a no-brainer... G5 or Intel Core Duo. In both cases Leopard with iLife (and iWork) will work absolutely fine.

    I would advise you to have 2 GB RAM installed.
     
  14. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hi,

    thanks again. sorry for confusion. it's not a G5 then.
    I got this from the system profiler.
    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

    Is this okay for changing to Leopard?
    What size external hard drive would I need for backing up OS X?
    Any recommendations for reliable hard drives? (I've had a bad experiance LaCie recently)

    Cheers.
     
  15. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    That is plenty sufficient. Read this to find out why people are suggesting you wait: http://www.apple.com/macosx/snowleopard/

    It's also a good idea to wait just cause Leopard has been out for 15 months already.
     
  16. plinden macrumors 68040

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    On the other hand, it's not good to wait. Leopard is at 10.5.6 now. Any of the niggling issues that affect more than 99.9% of the whiners ... I mean users ... have been sorted out by now. Snow Leopard will likely introduce a new set of problems (incidentally, I bought and installed Leopard the day it was released, and I haven't had a single issue ... I'm just going by what others say.)

    If you're still on Tiger even now, you're maybe not the type to jump head first into a new OS, so maybe you'd be better to get Leopard now and Snow Leopard when it gets a couple of point releases.
     
  17. AeroBar thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hi plinden,

    I will be getting Leopard soon and then upgrading to Snow Leopard once any bugs are sorted.

    Did you upgrade or clean install?

    Was it complicated?

    cheers.
     
  18. plinden macrumors 68040

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    I did upgrades on three different Macs. No it wasn't complicated - you just choose what kind of install you want, go for a cup of coffee or two, and it'll be done when you get back.

    By the way, I installed it on
    1) 17" 1.83GHz Core Duo iMac, 2GB RAM
    2) 1.83GHz Core Duo MacBook, 2GB RAM
    3) 1.66GHz Core Duo Mini, 2GB RAM.

    You can tell from that I went on a bit of a Mac-buying spree in 2006 ... converting the home from PCs to Macs (except for the Dell in the cellar, but we don't talk about that)
     
  19. Soulstorm macrumors 68000

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    Leopard is running fine on my C2D 2.0 GHz. Actually, I also installed it on a Dual 1,25 GHz Powermac G4 and it runs great. Leopard will run on any officially supported computer with very good results.
     

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