Mac Desktops forum

Resolved Question

Upgrading OS X

by zyckel63 / April 19, 2013 10:32 PM PDT

I have an Imac with OS X, 10.4.11.
processor name:
Intel Core 2 Duo

Can I upgrade to a newer version?
Would I need more memory?
Made a search, couldn't get much. I'm not too familiar with mac, more used to windows.
Any input will be greatly appreciated.

zyckel63 has chosen the best answer to their question. View answer
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Upgrading OS X
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Upgrading OS X
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Best Answer chosen by zyckel63

Collapse -
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 20, 2013 4:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Upgrading OS X

1. Yes
2. Yes

you could go with 10.5 on that machine but you will certainly need to max out the RAM

We would need a little more information about this machine before we could tell you much more.

Processor speed for instance


Collapse -
Upgrading OS X
by zyckel63 / April 20, 2013 6:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Answers

Ops, I meant to have put that in, puter has 2Ghz.
Thank you very much

Collapse -
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 20, 2013 11:48 PM PDT
In reply to: Upgrading OS X

Maximum RAM that can be installed on that machine is 3GB, so all you need is one 2GB stick and you are done.
I get mine from but Ramjet is an alternative. Both have a Configurator that will step you through the process of finding the correct RAM for your machine. Their RAM is warrantied for life. RAM is cheap.

On the other hand, OS X 10.5 is not cheap! You will find it on eBay or Amazon ranging from $99 to $159 for the retail OS X installation disc. It is black, avoid the Grey ones.

Alternatively, your machine can support up to 10.7.5 but I think it would not have the legs to carry this off nicely. 10.6 (Snow Leopard) on the other hand may be ideal.
Snow Leopard is available for less than $30 on eBay.
While SL was designed as an upgrade from Leopard, it contains a full installer and many people have gone straight from 10.4.11 to 10.6, skipping 10.5 completely.
For $30 it is worth a try


Collapse -
by zyckel63 / April 21, 2013 2:38 AM PDT
In reply to: RAM

Lots of useful info to digest.
Thank you very much!

Popular Forums
Computer Help 51,224 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,453 discussions
Laptops 20,090 discussions
Security 30,722 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,937 discussions
Windows 10 1,295 discussions
Phones 16,252 discussions
Windows 7 7,684 discussions
Networking & Wireless 15,215 discussions


What do the color stripes mean on your tires?

Brian Cooley tells you why you might see various color lines on the wheels of your automobile.