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Upgrade from 10.4.11 to 10.5? or 10.6?

by djohlson / February 26, 2010 3:22 AM PST

Got the bug to upgrade my iMac G5, 10.4.11. Question: jump to 10.5 or big jump to 10.6? Is there a big difference between 10.5 and 10.6? I'm on a budget and looking for the best deal around--don't want to get ripped off. Refurbished iMac a good deal? Ebay? Apple store? Other? I do a lot with pics, writing, some graphics and I like speed and storage. There is a cost in replacing some software I already have (Disk Warrior 39) that I understand 10.6 doesn't accept. I think there's a place to verify what softwares are compatible. Right? What is it called?
Any suggestions would be very appreciated. Thanks.

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That upgrade.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 26, 2010 5:28 AM PST

A Refurbished iMac is a very good deal. Get it from Apple, not eBay.

There is very little software does not work with 10.6, you just need to figure out what it is that you have extra and check on their website.
Most of the utilities have now been updated and, if you are the purchasing of an older version, the upgrade is usually free.
Office 2004 does not work too well under SL, but it is usable. There are alternatives.


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Among the things that don't work with 10.6
by Mr. Gregg / February 27, 2010 2:46 AM PST
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An iMac G5

You can only go to 10.5 with a non-Intel processor. You're better off with 1GB of RAM for Leopard, although you can get by on half that, according to Apple.

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Right after I posted that,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 27, 2010 4:56 AM PST

I knew there was something I should have added but got caught up at work and forgot all about it.

Good point, Mr. Gregg.



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iMac intel os upgrade
by bhatfi / February 27, 2010 4:00 PM PST
In reply to: That upgrade.

I also want to upgrade from tiger on an intel core duo iMac to either leopard or snow leopard box set. Which one would you suggest? Are you saying that I cannot use office 2004 package with snow leopard but i can with leopard. Sure to not want to have to buy another program since I don't use it that often.Any help would be appreciated.

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Go to Snow Leopard
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 28, 2010 12:38 AM PST
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on the Intel iMac.

Office 2004 will run under Snow Leopard but does have problems.

There are, of course, alternatives to MS Office.
Apple iWorks and Open Office are two that spring to mind. Open Office is free while iWorks is around $65.

Both can create and read MS Office files, do spreadsheets, presentations and word processing.


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by Mr. Gregg / February 28, 2010 2:04 AM PST
In reply to: Go to Snow Leopard

Microsoft is preparing Office 2010 for Mac as we write. My guess is it will be released in the second half of 2010 but not be ready for "prime time" until the first couple of patches, maybe in early 2011. But, it should play nice with the white cat.

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