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Upgrade from Leopard 10.5.8 to Snow Leopard then to Lion

by DianaWP60 / August 7, 2011 3:25 PM PDT

Hi Diana from New Zealand here Happy

Just a quick question ......I wanted to check whether I can upgrade to Snow leopard and then on to Lion on my iMac 8.1 Intel core 2 duo 2.66 GHZ processor with an ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro Chipset model?
Many thanks and kind regards

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(NT) Yes, you need to update to SL before Lion
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 7, 2011 9:53 PM PDT
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(NT) Thank you :-)
by DianaWP60 / August 8, 2011 3:51 PM PDT
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You can
by Jimmy Greystone / August 7, 2011 10:56 PM PDT

You can, but you'll want to make sure you have at least 2GB of RAM, probably more. Otherwise, it probably won't be the most pleasant experience. Just because you CAN run a particular OS revision on your system doesn't necessarily mean it's a good idea.

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Thank you for the advice :-)
by DianaWP60 / August 8, 2011 3:53 PM PDT
In reply to: You can
Yes I do have 2 GB of RAM however I tend to agree with you about the revision - if it aint broken why upgrade?! LOL
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I actually
by Jimmy Greystone / August 8, 2011 11:01 PM PDT

I actually don't subscribe to that particular adage at all. Fixing things that aren't broken is called progress. There was nothing broken about the method of banging two rocks together to make simple tools, but our ancestors went ahead and "fixed" it anyway, and 100,000 years later, give or take a few thousand years, here we are. Quite removed from or hunter gatherer ancestors. If you added another 2GB of RAM to your system, then it'd be a whole other story. Right now, it's kind of like you already have some hard granite rocks for making simple tools, but you move to a new area and are thinking about replacing it with sandstone. Which, admittedly is a rather bad example... But it's only 6AM where I am, so you get what you get.

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by DianaWP60 / August 16, 2011 1:40 PM PDT
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How easy/hard would it be to add more RAM Is it something we could do or would I need to take it to a mac person??

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Adding RAM to your imac
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 16, 2011 11:16 PM PDT
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I had to do the same
by JB2957 / August 15, 2011 2:44 PM PDT

I actually had to do that exact same thing with my old gen black macbook. Lion upgrade requires at least snow leopard 10.6.6 and i was origionally on leopard 10.5.5. I just had to get a disc copy of snow leopard and run all of the updates before moving to lion.

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That's interesting,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / August 15, 2011 9:59 PM PDT
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A disk copy of Snow Leopard would be unlikely to have any updates on it and would not be a suitable method of updating your computer by .0.1 of a point.

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