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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
Memory:
1Gb

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.

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 20, 2013 4:28 AM PDT
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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

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by zyckel63 / April 20, 2013 6:39 AM PDT
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Ops, I meant to have put that in, puter has 2Ghz.
Thank you very much
Tony

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 20, 2013 11:48 PM PDT
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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 Crucial.com 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

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by zyckel63 / April 21, 2013 2:38 AM PDT
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Lots of useful info to digest.
Thank you very much!

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